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The Great Friedman

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The Washington Times today published this letter-to-the-editor [2] that I wrote about Milton Friedman:

A champion of human liberty

Milton Friedman was indeed a brilliant economist ("Nobel-winning economist Friedman dies at 94," Nation, yesterday).

Mr. Friedman also was a virtuoso debater. When, to endorse
conscription over the volunteer military, Gen. William Westmorland said
that he did not want to command "an army of mercenaries," Mr. Friedman
piped up and asked, "General, would you rather command an army of
slaves?"

Milton Friedman was one of history’s greatest champions of liberty and human dignity.

DONALD J. BOUDREAUX
Chairman

Department of Economics

George Mason University

Fairfax

Milton Friedman, for me, has always existed — always been — always stood strong as a champion of truth and freedom.  I am sad beyond words that he is no longer with us.

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