Young Man, You Owe Milton Friedman a Thank You.

Every young man living after 1973 owes his life to Milton Friedman. In that year, Friedman, became the intellectual father behind ending conscripted military service. He wasn’t the first person to voice his opposition to the draft, but he was the first to communicate his ideas effectively enough to change the public mindset on the…

Friedman: the Influence of Ideas

On the bookshelf of an average American patriot, it would be more common to see a collection of Ronald Reagan biographies than books on the life of Milton Friedman. Ask a person on the street who they think holds the most power in America and you have a good chance of hearing “the president.” However,…

Capture is part of regulation itself

Here’s a letter I sent to the WSJ about a week ago by D. Pontoppidan, Summer Fellow at the Mackinac Center Thomas Frank [“Obama and Regulatory Capture, June 24] calls the present moment a time “for a ringing reclamation of the regulatory project.” To protect consumers, he argues, we need regulation, and better people in…

Bringing Competition to Government

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern Patri Friedman is working on a very interesting project to bring competition into government.  He has received funding to create floating platforms out in the ocean.  These platforms will not be subject to any one countries laws, and therefore will allow a variety of governments to flourish.  It has also…