Milton Friedman Day

“The only way that has ever been discovered to have a lot of people cooperate together voluntarily is through the free market. And that’s why it’s so essential to preserving individual freedom.” –Milton Friedman

Today, January 29th, is designated Milton Friedman Day. The Economist magazine will host a day of web-discussion and there will be a national PBS broadcast of The Power of Choice: The Life and Ideas of Milton Friedman. Keep track of the events at

James Gwartney, a Professor of Economics at Florida State University, gives a great overview of Milton Friedman and his impact on the economic profession here. John Stossel has more here.

18 Responses to “Milton Friedman Day”

  • I watched it last night – and thanks to my new DVD recorder I’m going to watch it many more times. Really well done!

  • Did you happen to catch Milton Friedman’s biography on PBS? “The Power of Choice” showed just last night in my area. Hopefully PBS will rerun it sometime…

    This is Raymond from The Idea Channel, producers of Milton Friedman’s “Free to Choose” video series. We’ve finally got clips from the series posted on, so please feel free to check them out!

    If you see a clip you like and you want to see the entire video, you can stream it (and any of the other Free to Choose videos) in their entirety at for the low, low price of zero dollars and zero cents. For less than the price of a cup of coffee you can see and hear Milton Friedman’s insights into the benefits of free market economics, personal responsibility, and the rule of law. It’s good old Milton Friedman in his capitalist, free-market lovin’ prime.

    We’re also running our first annual “Challenge the Status Quo” video contest at Show us (along with half of the rest of the world) your challenge to the status quo… Keep it real, keep it clean, and keep your clothes on, and you could win up to $5000 and a soon-to-be-coveted “izzit” award, as well as a chance to be hired on as one of our associate producers!

    Feel free to email me if you have any thoughts or comments on the clips, the videos or the site…


  • Milton Friedman might gag at this anti-choice idiot, but Thomas Edison would likely approve on purely technical grounds:

  • Thanks for the extra links TL and Raymond!

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