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
Date Written: Jan. 1, 2012
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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