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Saturday, November 18, 2006

In Memory of Milton Friedman


Here I compiled a list of comments and interviews of Milton Friedman, as a special tribute to the greatest economist of the 20th century, and my most admired one.

For some of us who came to the States from those non-free regimes (former and now), his half-century fight for economic&political freedoms is especially inspiring. He will certainly be missed.

In memory of him, PBS will broadcast a special TV program called "The Power of Choice: the life and idea of Milton Friedman", on January 29, 2007. To get a preview clip of the program, please go to: http://freetochoosemedia.org/production/POC/press.php


Now here is the list...

From Friends and Foes:

Gary Becker: written in 2002, on the influence of Friedman's ideas
http://home.uchicago.edu/~gbecker/Businessweek/BW/2002/07_01_2002.pdf

Thomas Sowell: his former student, now at Hoover Institution, previously at UCLA
http://www.opinionjournal.com/forms/printThis.html?id=110009268

Greg Mankiw:
http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2006/11/milton-friedman.html

Brad Delong (kindof foe, but still admires him):
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/11/17/milton_friedman/
On Uncle Milton
http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/movable_type/2003_archives/001309.html
some excerpt: "Friedman... how great an influence on my thought? Let me think who has had more... Smith, Keynes, Summers, Shleifer... I would put Friedman fifth: only four other economist have had a greater influence on how I think... I'm not atypical at Berkeley in finding myself moving under the influence of the intellectual field generated by Milton Friedman--at least, I don't think I am... "

Paul Krugman (real foe):
I wish he had written one. Maybe he will, as he did for James Tobin.



In-Depth Interviews:

PBS: Charlie Rose on Friedman, Nov. 17, 2006, about 1 hour
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-921891628093252478&q=milton+friedman

PBS: Charlie Rose interview with Friedman, Dec. 2005, about 1 hour
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2963837673813979186&q=milton+friedman

Friedman on PBS, many years ago:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6813529239937418232&q=milton+friedman



From professional papers:

WSJ:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB116369744597625238.html?mod=hps_us_at_glance_most_pop
if you don't have access to wsj, read it from here: http://www.pauldeng.com/pdf/in%20memory%20of%20milton%20friedman.pdf

Economist Magazine:
http://www.economist.com/daily/news/displaystory.cfm?story_id=8190872&top_story=1

BusinessWeek:
http://www.businessweek.com/print/bwdaily/dnflash/content/nov2006/db20061117_169299.htm


From major newspapers:

New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/17/business/17milton.html?ex=1321419600&en=a0db578046e72e19&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/16/AR2006111601779_pf.html


For more info about Friedman, please go to: http://www.freetochoose.net/


-Paul