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History suggests that capitalism is a necessary ...
by Milton Friedman

History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom.
Clearly it is not a sufficient condition.
- Milton Friedman

I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse,
for any reason, whenever it's possible.
- Milton Friedman

We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.
- Milton Friedman

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert,
in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.
- Milton Friedman

 

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
- Milton Friedman

Only government can take perfectly good paper,
cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.
- Milton Friedman

Inflation is taxation without legislation.
- Milton Friedman

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Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.
- Milton Friedman

Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the
good intentions of those who create it.
- Milton Friedman

Governments never learn.
Only people learn.
- Milton Friedman

The problem of social organization is how to set up
an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm,
capitalism is that kind of a system.
- Milton Friedman

Columbus did not seek a new route to the Indies in
response to a majority directive.
- Milton Friedman

Universities exist to transmit knowledge and understanding
of ideas and values to students not to provide entertainment
for spectators or employment for athletes.
- Milton Friedman

Many people want the government to protect the consumer.
A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.
- Milton Friedman

Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to
assume that there is a fixed pie,
that one party can gain only at the expense of another.
- Milton Friedman

Is it really true that political self-interest is nobler
somehow than economic self-interest?
- Milton Friedman

Inflation is the one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.
- Milton Friedman

The power to do good is also the power to do harm.
- Milton Friedman

The black market was a way of getting around government controls.
It was a way of enabling the free market to work.
It was a way of opening up, enabling people.
- Milton Friedman

Most of the energy of political work is devoted to
correcting the effects of mismanagement of government.
- Milton Friedman

The only relevant test of the validity of a hypothesis
is comparison of prediction with experience.
- Milton Friedman

The most important ways in which I think the Internet
will affect the big issue is that it will make it more
difficult for government to collect taxes.
- Milton Friedman

Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.
- Milton Friedman

Underlying most arguments against the free market is
a lack of belief in freedom itself.
- Milton Friedman

The greatest advances of civilization,
whether in architecture or painting,
in science and literature,
in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
- Milton Friedman

The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment,
was produced by government mismanagement rather than
by any inherent instability of the private economy.
- Milton Friedman

There's no such thing as a free lunch.
- Milton Friedman

So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear.
That there is no alternative way, so far discovered,
of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can
hold a candle to the productive activities that are
unleashed by a free enterprise system.
- Milton Friedman

One man's opportunism is another man's statesmanship.
- Milton Friedman

The most important single central fact about a free
market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit.
- Milton Friedman

I'm in favor of legalizing drugs.
According to my values system, if people want to kill themselves,
they have every right to do so.
Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal.
- Milton Friedman

A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely
that group thinks they ought to want.
Underlying most arguments against the free market is
a lack of belief in freedom itself.
- Milton Friedman

The only way that has ever been discovered to have
a lot of people cooperate together voluntarily is through the free market.
And that's why it's so essential to preserving individual freedom.
- Milton Friedman

The world runs on individuals pursuing their self interests.
The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus.
Einstein didn't construct his theory under order from a,
from a bureaucrat.
Henry Ford didn't revolutionize the automobile industry that way.
- Milton Friedman

Every friend of freedom must be as revolted as I am
by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp,
by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users
and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the
liberty of citizens on slight evidence.
- Milton Friedman

Well first of all, tell me, is there some society you
know of that doesn't run on greed? You think Russia
doesn't run on greed? You think China doesn't run on greed? What is greed?
- Milton Friedman

And what does reward virtue? You think the communist
commissar rewards virtue? You think a Hitler rewards virtue? You think,
excuse me, if you'll pardon me, American presidents
reward virtue? Do they choose their appointees on the
basis of the virtue of the people appointed or on the
basis of their political clout?
- Milton Friedman

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.
- Gertrude Stein

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

The importance of history is in it's
educational value for our lives today,
not in regret, resentment, or revenge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes,
follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
- Henry James

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive
positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
- Dan Quayle

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are
few originals and many copies.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.
- Konrad Adenauer

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
- Ted Koppel

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

Human history becomes more and more a race between
education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner

Never doubt that you can change history.
You already have.
- Marge Piercy

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
- James A. Baldwin

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown


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