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Sunday, November 18, 2012

LibertyPen: C-Span: Brian Lamb 1994: Milton Friedman, Personally Speaking

One of the things I like and respect about Milton Friedman's history and politics, is that his history. And life story has shaped his Libertarian politics and how he looks at the World, that he came from practically nothing or very little. And worked his way up by earning a college scholarship from Rutgers University and working his way up in life that way. Which I believe is a big reason why's he's been so against welfare and the welfare state, at least to the extent that. Its there to take care of people because with Dr. Friedman's life, he wasn't raised on public assistance. And didn't live his life off of public assistance but he showed that people could make it in life on their own. Even if they come from very little and make something out of their lives, if they are just given the opportunity to do so. Which is a classical Liberal idea, not Libertarian but classical Liberal idea, an economic Liberal idea that people who even come from very little. In life if they are just given the opportunity to do so.

What separates Liberals such as myself from classical Libertarians, is that Liberals believe that government can play a role. Through scholarships and grants to empowering people in need, especially kids who come from rough beginnings. Who work hard and are qualified to go to a good college and even adults who've made mistakes early on life. But just need an opportunity and empowerment to be successful if life and then they'll be able to do that as well. The 1996 Welfare to Work law being a perfect example of that.