Here's an example of Friedman explaining his political views in common sense terms, in this case criticizing the notion that government action tends to be more moral than the pursuit of self-interest by individuals in the marketplace: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWsx1X8PV_A&feature=related
Friday, February 26, 2010
Some reading suggestions
I'm currently reading "Capitalism and Freedom" by Milton Friedman. It's one of the books in what one might call the conservative canon (at least for modern American conservatives.) Friedman is up there with Edmund Burke, Friedrich Hayek, William F. Buckley, etc. as one of the most cited right of center political thinkers. So far I've been impressed with how tightly logical and well-reasoned the book is. I would recommend it to all political junkies out there. The chapter about education policy, in which he famously argues for a voucher system, is especially good so far. For people with a more casual interest in politics, this book might be a bit dry. I think "Parliament of Whores" by P.J. O'Rourke is one of the best politics-for-dummies books I've ever seen. Try that out first, and if you're still hungry for more, give "Capitalism and Freedom" a chance. Friedman is amazing for his ability to explain sophisticated economic concepts using plain English and once in a while some simple arithmetic.