The Futility of the Libertarian Fetish for Freedom: Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom Revisited
University of Central Florida; Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
Jan. 1, 2012
Journal of Law and Social Deviance, vol. 4 (2012), pp. 1-39
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
Date posted: December 26, 2012 ; Last revised: December 5, 2014
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