“The only cases in which the masses have escaped from…grinding poverty, the only cases in recorded history, are where they had Capitalism and (largely) free trade.” ~~ Milton Friedman
A book that should be required reading in every high school across the nation (and re-viewed again in college) is the late Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom.
Friedman presents very clear and persuasive presentation of what he believes ought to be the role of government in a free society. He draws on some very basic principles and applies them to many of the major questions that still haunt American society: economic freedom and how it relates to political freedom, tax policies, public education, socialism, Social Security, and even Capitalism’s relationship with social responsibility.
“The scope of government must be limited. Its major function must be to protect our freedom both from the enemies outside our gates and from our fellow-citizens [criminals]: to preserve law and order, to enforce private contracts, to foster competitive markets” (Pg 2).
In the video below Milton Friedman discusses what will happen if the government takes over healthcare. The video was taped in 1978, thirty-two years before our government actually did take over healthcare. Weep, friends. Then stand up and do something about it.