Happy birthday, Professor Milton Friedman! Chicago’s greatest academic passes the 90-year milestone today. Now there are many ways we Samizdatistas got to hold the views we do, but speaking for myself, Prof. Friedman was a key factor.
I recall reading his book Free to Choose when I must have been in my mid-teens, and found the clarity of his writing and often wry comments about the insanity of Big Government a compelling combination. As a youngster, I found his arguments easy to understand but they never patronised the reader. He surely ranks alongside Ludwig Mises, Murray Rothbard, Ayn Rand, F.A. Hayek and Robert Nozick as one of the giant figures in the libertarian counter-revolution after the Second World War.