Eleven years after Milton Friedman

By Steve Buckstein

One of the greatest minds of our era passed away in November 2006. Today would have marked his 105th birthday. Milton Friedman won the Nobel Prize for Economics; but it was his ability to relate complex economic ideas in simple terms the average person could understand, and his devotion to liberty, that made him truly great.

Milton and his economist wife Rose spent literally decades researching, writing, speaking, and popularizing free-market economics and its connection to liberty and freedom. Rose actually grew up here in Portland, and it was my privilege to call her and Milton my friends.

Last year the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice celebrated the 10th and final Friedman Legacy Day, which began after Dr. Friedman passed away. Rather than continue those annual celebrations, the foundation, created by and named after Milton and Rose Friedman, moved forward with its new name, EdChoice, and a new strategic plan.

Please join all of us at Cascade Policy Institute as we celebrate the lives and contributions of a great couple, and renew our commitment to promote their ideas and ideals, which include the goal of every child being able to attend the public, private, religious, or home school of their choice, with funding following the student.

Steve Buckstein is Founder and Senior Policy Analyst at Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research organization.

  • Bob Clark

    Free Choice is liberating and gives us ways to change for the better, more productive. Sadly, ObamaCare narrows healthcare choices to only those approved by a detached centralized bureaucracy. Maybe instead of repealing ObamaCare since its proving politically impractical is to instead concentrate on passing legislation, if not a constitution amendment, guaranteeing the right of each citizen to purchase their own healthcare free from government interference and excessive government taxation. This is what the Convention of States movement should be going after, and not issues like Term limits. California has term limits, and yet look at that government burdened state.

    • Oregon Engineer

      sounds good on paper. If such an amendment were to get ratified (which it never will) There would be such a conflict between the amendment and the law it would be tied up in the courts for decades. Gary North wrote an article regarding the possibility of the republicans repealing BOCare. conclusion not happen. at best (worst) might get tweaked. that hasn’t happened. the primary reason once you give out free candy it is extremely difficult to remove the candy bowl. the republicans know that they cannot buy votes. the governors know without BO care and the federal dollars they cannot buy votes. The objective of BO Care has always been for a total federal control of medical insurance. Medical insurance is not healthcare. and in conclusion as the repiblicans have tried to make BOcare temporary, a quote from
      Milton Friedman “There is nothing as permanent as a temporary government program.”