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Capitalism and Freedom

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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press


Language:English | Number of Pages: 210 | Format: Paperback | In other languages: (other languages) Chi traditional , Chi simplified

Isbn-10: 0226264211 | Isbn-13: 9780226264219 | Publish date:  | Edition 40 Anv

Also available as: Audio Cassette , Hardcover , Others

Category: Business & Economics , Philosophy , Political

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Book Description
Selected by the Times Literary Supplement as one of the "hundred most influential books since the war"

How can we benefit from the promise of government while avoiding the threat it poses to individual freedom? In this classic book, Milton Friedman provides the definitive statement of his immensely influential economic philosophy--one in which competitive capitalism serves as both a device for achieving economic freedom and a necessary condition for political freedom. The result is an accessible text that has sold well over half a million copies in English, has been translated into eighteen languages, and shows every sign of becoming more and more influential as time goes on.

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    只有市場願意資助對立的理念互相競爭, 因為資本願意為了自己拼命提供社會各種替代的選擇, 自由的氣氛會在這樣包容的環境中茁壯。

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    Un classico del Liberalismo. Non si può condividere tutto ciò che è scritto, ma comunque farlo leggere ad un po' di keynesiani o peggio socialisti non sarebbe male.

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    Clear public policy proposals. A short book, light on philosophy, heavy on practicality. If you want to know why (some) conservative thought is not stupid, pick this up.

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    Honestly, I have no idea how I could earn an eonomics degree without ever having to read this book.

    Friedman starts off with the most fundamental belief of a liberal - a belief "in the individual's ...continue

    Honestly, I have no idea how I could earn an eonomics degree without ever having to read this book.

    Friedman starts off with the most fundamental belief of a liberal - a belief "in the individual's freedom to make the most of his capacities and opporunties according to his own lights, subject only to the proviso that he not interfere with the freedom of other individuals to do the same."

    As such, in judging social arrangements, the question to ask is, "Does it promote individual freedom?"

    He goes on to argue that in order to have a free society, you need a free economy. Then he lays down fourteen activities undertaken by the government which could not be justified. They include:

    - tariffs on imports and restrictions on exports
    - Minimum wage rates, maximum prices
    - Current public school system
    - The present social security systems
    - Licensure provisions
    - National parks

    This is quite a big challenge he brings to himself. I mean, this guy is arguing against requiring doctors to get a license!

    He proceeds to argue very convincingly for each of the item. Every chapter is a gem. The thinking is rigorous, its clarity stunning. And they are filled with humor and episodes and insights that are a fun to read by themselves (think "Freakonomics").

    Liberals are anything but idealistic. Friedman's basic argument is this: look, you can try to get the government to do something about this issue, and with luck you may see some quick effects. But once the government gets its hands into this, they are never gonna get out. That's the REALITY. Like in every institution, the natural tendency is to seek to grow and expand its influence. Once the government minds the business it should't mind, it's gonna bring in evil effects that are gradual, indirect, and unfortunately, will go unnoticed for a long while.

    If you are a liberal, you can't be a good one without reading this. If you are somewhere else in the spectrum, this book will give you plenty food for thought.

    Oh btw, in case you think this is something new, he wrote this book back in 1962.

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