Borders highlights Friedman’s arguments on freedom and coercion

In his latest Ideas Matter update, Max Borders highlights a video clip in which the late economist Milton Friedman picks apart a student’s faulty argument:

Milton Friedman really does carefully unravel the young man’s argument — the last part of which gets to the tension between equality of outcome and freedom from coercion. Interestingly, Friedman offers a proto-version of his now-famous quote from Free To Choose:

The society that puts equality before freedom will have neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will have a great measure of both.

Friedman also carefully shows how policies designed to yield equality of outcome create inequality before the law (read: power elites and redistribution carried out through state coercion). As ever, he is a master.


Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...