Leftist Screed Against Milton Friedman

Counterpunch.org offers a “different view” [hehehe] on the Chilean success story. They never give up, do they?

 Here’s a sample:

While he was in Chile
Friedman gave a speech titled “The Fragility of Freedom” where he
described the “role in the destruction of a free society that was played
by the emergence of the welfare state.”
Chile‘s present difficulties, he
argued, “were due almost entirely to the forty-year trend toward
collectivism, socialism and the welfare state . . . a course that would lead to
coercion rather than freedom.” The Pinochet regime, he argued, represented
a turning point in a protracted campaign, a tearing off of democracy’s false
husks to reach true freedom’s inner core. “The problem is not of recent
origin,” Friedman wrote in a follow-up letter to Pinochet, but
“arises from trends toward socialism that started forty years ago, and
reached their logical – and terrible – climax in the Allende regime.” He
praised the general for putting
Chile back on the “right
track” with the “many measures you have already taken to reverse this


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