Milton Friedman Quotes

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Milton Friedman Quotes

The great virtue of a free market is that it enables people who hate each other, or who are from vastly different religious or ethnic backgrounds, to cooperate economically. Government intervention cant do that.
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The existence of a free market does not of course eliminate the need for government. On the contrary, government is essential both as a forum for determining the "rule of the game" and as an umpire to interpret and enforce the rules decided on.

— Milton Friedman

I say thank God for government waste. If government is doing bad things, it's only the waste that prevents the harm from being greater.

— Milton Friedman

All learning is ultimately self-learning.

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The major way that society has come to agree on the rules of property is through the growth of common law, though more recently legislation has played an increasing role.

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We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.

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The future of private enterprise capitalism is also the future of a free society. There is no possibility of having a politically free society unless the major part of its economic resources are operated under a capitalistic private enterprise system.

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If the only motive was to help people who could not afford education, advocates of government involvement would have simply proposed tuition subsidies.

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The countries that have risen and separated out as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union are, on the whole, following freer economic policies. Most of these states have freer government and less restrictions on trade.

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You never have real changes unless you have a time of crisis.

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What you have as a result of past policies is that German entrepreneurs go outside of Germany for many of their activities. They are investing abroad instead of at home because there isn't the openness, fluidity and opportunity they find outside their borders.

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The growing role that the government has played in financing and administering schooling has led not only the enormous waste of taxpayers money but also to a far poorer educational system.

— Milton Friedman

The power to determine the quantity of money ... is too important, too pervasive, to be exercised by a few people, however public-spirited, if there is any feasible alternative. There is no need for such arbitrary power.

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Economics has become increasingly an arcane branch of mathematics rather than dealing with real economic problems.

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Theories should be judged by their ability to predict events rather than by the realism of their assumptions.

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Corruption is government intrusion into market efficiencies in the form of regulations.

— Milton Friedman

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