I was saddened last week to read this article, by another Senator, blaming the current economic crisis on the ‘ideology’ of Milton Friedman. I first read Free to Choose and Capitalism and Freedom when I was in my thirties, and I suspect that I was attracted to Milton Friedman as much by his evident humanity and kindness as by the lucidity of his thought. Over the years, though, his ideas began to make more and more sense. It may be that early acquaintance with religious hypocrisy had sensitized me to the recognition of political and economic hypocrisy — and Friedman was certainly tireless in exposing the latter — but there must also have been some other factor, some influence that led me to place a high value on human freedom.
I think people have to decide for themselves whether freedom is important — there are clearly arguments to be made against it. But here is a brief introduction to one of its greatest advocates:
If you want to see more of Milton Friedman, this site contains videos of his famous PBS series.