|Source: Commonsense Capitalism- Professor Milton Friedman-|
To call Milton Friedman a "Hollywood Liberal" someone who would fit in well with the so-called Liberals in Hollywood and to me what I've seen from Hollywood is that they tend to be more socialistic or social-democratic sense than liberal and there are probably more Hollywood Libertarians than there are Hollywood Liberals, Clint Eastwood comes to mind who leans conservative-libertarian, but Professor Friedman does fit the Hollywood Liberal mindset when it comes to probably most of the social issues. On things like free speech, but Professor Friedman was a classical Libertarian more than anything. So to me he wouldn't fit into the liberal, or certainly not progressive box, but the libertarian box that does exist in Hollywood. Ron Paul did get some support out there and does have a following there as well. I wish as a Liberal there were more real Hollywood Liberals. Which is what Frank Sinatra was at least one point before he got behind Ron Reagan for President in 1976 or 1980. But that doesn't exist for the most part anymore in Hollywood.
But to talk about Professor Friedman's speech here, I believe he was dead right that one of the reasons why government is bigger than a lot of Libertarians and Liberals would prefer me being one of them, is because of the influence that government has on the economy and how it interacts with it, with all of the subsidies and so-forth. With big business to use as an example of that. If we were to break that connection the Federal Government wouldn't be nearly as big as it is today. You want big government out of people's lives, then you have to get big business out of government. You have to eliminate corporate welfare and reform how lobbying is done in America. To bring all of that out in the open including contributions. But this never happens without American voters doing their part. Know exactly who they're voting for before they cast their votes. Instead of getting fooled by people who talk one way, but vote and govern another way. Until that happens we'll always have a growing government and a more powerful government, because it benefits big business.