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  • Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Milton Friedman, Rose Friedman
    • Narrated By James Adams
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    Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, teamed up to write this most convincing and readable guide, which illustrates the crucial link between Adam Smith's capitalism and the free society. They show how freedom has been eroded and prosperity undermined through the rapid growth of governmental agencies, laws, and regulations.

    Erik says: "Fantastic"
    "Should be mandatory"
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    This is the best political/economics book I have listed/read and should be on the wishlist of anyone thinking about politics, economics and future in general. Regardless of your current political view, this information is important.

    Milton Friedman paints his vision for the future based on Classical Liberalism (close to libertarism for Americans) with detailed examples on how the society would function in a free market environment. These examples are easy to understand and they are being articulated very well. Previous theories and especially socialism/marxism and anything around those ideologies.

    Friedman political views being what they are this is obviously not a balanced book. He is driving his agenda and criticism toward that must be sought elsewhere. What is interesting, however, is that unlike many of his critics the ideas presented are not cold or corporism centric. Quite the opposite in fact. Friedman is not working to make corporations earn more or wishes to see poor people dying on the street. His views are, in short, that in a free economic environment the poor have more chances to become wealthy and that social security should stem from the community rather than federal government.

    The issues raised in this book are even more relevant than they were at the time of writing. There are also much more counter arguments made after the publication which should make finding the balance relatively simple.

    I highly recommend this to any intelligent person.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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