segunda-feira, 21 de junho de 2004

Entrevista a Milton Friedman

Nobel Prize-Winning Economist With David Asman

David Asman: Are we more or less free today than we were in 1980, when your book "Free to Choose" (search) was published?

Milton Friedman: That depends on what you mean by "we." If "we" means the world, the answer is: by all means. After all, since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, millions of people who were under the Iron Curtain are much freer to chose now than they were then. Similarly, over the past two decades, in China, 1.3 billion people are freer to choose. Within the last half dozen years, in India, another billion people are freer to choose.
When you come to the Western nations, like the United States or Europe, the situation is not so obvious. Our freedom to choose has lessened. So we have a continuing fight between socialism and freedom.

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