The World According to Chairman Friedman
- Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.
- History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom. Clearly it is not a sufficient condition.
- The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm; capitalism is that kind of a system.
- With some notable exceptions, businessmen favor free enterprise in general but are opposed to it when it comes to themselves.
- The free man will ask neither what his country can do for him nor what he can do for his country.
- The case for prohibiting drugs is exactly as strong and as weak as the case for prohibiting people from overeating.
- If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.
- Only a crisis — actual or perceived — produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.