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The Futility of the Libertarian Fetish for Freedom: Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom Revisited


Enrique Guerra-Pujol


University of Central Florida, College of Business Administration, Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting; Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

Jan. 1, 2012

Journal of Law and Social Deviance, vol. 4 (2012), pp. 1-39

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In this paper, the author analyzes Friedman’s dogmatic approach towards freedom (part 2), his misuse of historical examples (part 3), and his tautological definition of freedom (part 4). In fairness to Friedman, however, this paper concludes by explaining why any attempt to define freedom is bound to fail, and also explains why freedom, however defined, must necessarily and paradoxically entail some form of coercion.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

Keywords: coercion, Milton Friedman, capitalism and freedom

JEL Classification: B31, K20

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Date posted: December 26, 2012 ; Last revised: December 5, 2014

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Guerra-Pujol, Enrique, The Futility of the Libertarian Fetish for Freedom: Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom Revisited (Jan. 1, 2012). Journal of Law and Social Deviance, vol. 4 (2012), pp. 1-39. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2193913

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Enrique Guerra-Pujol (Contact Author)
University of Central Florida, College of Business Administration, Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting ( email )
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.ucf.edu
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico ( email )
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