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

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

39 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2012 Last revised: 5 Dec 2014

Enrique Guerra-Pujol

University of Central Florida; Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

Date Written: Jan. 1, 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords: coercion, Milton Friedman, capitalism and freedom

JEL Classification: B31, K20

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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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2193913

Enrique Guerra-Pujol (Contact Author)

University of Central Florida ( email )

Orlando, FL 32816
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.priorprobability.com

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico ( email )

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