Today we join with others around the world to celebrate Friedman Legacy Day. Nobel prize winning economist Milton Friedman would have been 103 years old today. I first met Milton and his wife Rose in Ashland in 1989. They became the first noted supporters of the school choice initiative that I helped place on Oregon’s 1990 general election ballot. It was the failure of that measure at the polls that led us to form Cascade Policy Institute in January 1991 to carry on the work of educating Oregonians about liberty, including the liberty to choose your child’s school. Years later Milton and Rose formed what is now The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.
I was honored when The Oregonian asked me to pen the following op-ed which was published the day after Milton Friedman passed away in 2006. His views, insights and compelling way of promoting Capitalism and Freedom live on to the benefit of everyone interested in building a better, freer world. Continue reading