Vouching for Choice

In the past several years a wave of education reform has swept across the United States. Charter schools are on the rise, vouchers programs are springing up in various parts of the country, and parents have more control over their child’s education than at any time in our country’s recent past. This commendable progress, although…

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…

Milton Friedman and Historical Landmarks

Time flies, and with it the memory of the late economist Milton Friedman, who would have been 99 years old this year. However, we at the Mackinac Center and the Foundation for Educational Choice hope to revive Friedman’s legacy by hosting some lectures this Friday on his monetary policy. It is also the 15oth anniversary…

Knowing Friedom

John Maynard Keynes famously quipped, “Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.” Free-market economist Milton Friedman, however, actually did manage to capture the minds not only of practical men, but of politicians and even other intellectuals. He understood that the world…

The Good Life, No. 8: Heroes

Rose Friedman was once described as “equal parts velvet and steel.” At once her husband’s wife and colleague, Rose was never the great woman behind a great man. She noted in a 1999 interview that “I’ve always felt that I’m responsible for at least half of what he’s gotten.”  From co-authoring three of his most…

An Ode to the Frie Market

Milton Friedman won a Nobel Memorial Prize in economics But that isn’t all about this man; a lesson on him isn’t quick Born in Brooklyn, New York in July of nineteen hundred twelve, Milton Friedman was a brilliant economist; in this topic he deeply delved For thirty years, teaching economic theory was his passion At the University…

Our Greatest Protection

            Americans have increasingly come to view government as a vital protector against economic hardship. U.S. politicians, especially from 1900 on, have touted various interventionist economic programs as essential for America’s prosperity and security. Free-market economist Milton Friedman, on the other hand, understood that the best protection for American workers and consumers springs not from…

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,…

A Union Story

A long time ago in a town not so far away, a plant was built for a business called Dow. Though this plant has since been sold to SC Johnson, what happened there in earlier days should not be forgotten. When the plant was built, Dow’s union came with the building. As time wore on,…

Boxed In: A Need for Better Property Rights

On Monday, the Detroit News reported a new suit against Genesee County. Denise Miller of Linden, Mich., challenged the constitutionality of the parks department preventing petitioning without permits. She had been collecting petition signatures as part of the “Recall Rick Snyder” movement in a county park.  Park officials requested that she obtain a permit, which…