Thursday, January 29, 2009

More Friedman

Milton and Rose (his economist wife) Friedman's book and PBS series, both titled Free to Choose were enormously effective in popularizing free market thought and economics in general. The complete 1980 original series and the 1990 updated series are available here. It's pretty fascinating viewing. If you haven't seen it, there are a variety of celebrity introductions, including a very entertaining piece by Arnold Schwarzenegger (below), and debates at the end of each volume. In the 1990 update Friedman talks with David Brooks and James Galbraith. Here are Brooks and Galbraith more recently. Milton Friedman died in 2006. He was a keenly smart and fascinating guy, rightly celebrated and criticized. It would have been interesting to hear his thoughts on the current crisis and respond to a new flood of critics.