Why Government Is the Problem

Why Government Is the Problem

Milton Friedman / Jan 18, 2020

Why Government Is the Problem Friedman discusses a government system that is no longer controlled by we the people Instead of Lincoln s government of the people by the people and for the people we now have a government of the

  • Title: Why Government Is the Problem
  • Author: Milton Friedman
  • ISBN: 9780817954420
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • Friedman discusses a government system that is no longer controlled by we, the people Instead of Lincoln s government of the people, by the people, and for the people, we now have a government of the people, by the bureaucrats, for the bureaucrats, including the elected representatives who have become bureaucrats.

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    About "Milton Friedman"

      • Milton Friedman

        Milton Friedman was an American Nobel Laureate economist and public intellectual He made major contributions to the fields of economics and statistics In 1976, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his achievements in the fields of consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and for his demonstration of the complexity of stabilization policy He was an advocate of economic freedom.According to The Economist, Friedman was the most influential economist of the second half of the 20th centurypossibly of all of it Former Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan stated, There are very few people over the generations who have ideas that are sufficiently original to materially alter the direction of civilization Milton is one of those very few people Source


    1. With the encouragement of a friend, and the questions raised by the recent US election, I’ve concluded that I need to increase my understanding of world economics as well as the role of government in its regulation. Having read some on the mortgage crisis of 2008, my inclination is that it was the removal of at least one regulation (the Glass-Steagal law) that was a root cause. My other confession is that I once voted Republican on the ideals and salesmanship of Ronald Reagan, but within four [...]

    2. One of Friedman's later pieces it reads in the vein of most of his work. Directly and easy to consume. This is a very general essay which is not that comprehensive just as it does not reveal anything new. It is instead a piece which is best suited for the new reader of Friedman or Free Market economics. Most recommended to those who are unitiated to economic or political writings but is very much lacking for those who are well versed in the subject of Governance.70 %

    3. I am really tempted to give this essay to my English 102 students as a negative example because it is riddled with logical fallacies and unsupported claims. I would hope that in his books Friedman does a better job providing actual evidence to support his arguments, but here there are so many logical problems and claims made as though they are self evident that the argument is logically unsound--and Friedman won a Nobel prize! For instance, the entire opening section is dedicated to cataloging t [...]

    4. A precise and straightforward read, Friedman’s essay defines two tasks: one easy, one difficult. The easy task is to demonstrate that the government is the problem. By utilizing major social problems such as deteriorating education, lawlessness and crime, homelessness, the collapse of family values, and the medical care crisis have all been produced by the actions of government. The hard task is to understand why government is the problem. Friedman presents two answers to the exhibition of why [...]

    5. Good, short essay I read to whet my appetite for some economics reading of the book-length variety. I plan to read Friedman's Free to Choose at the urging of a friend and I'm already looking forward to hearing more from this author.

    6. Admirable clarity. Great summary of economic pitfalls of massive centralized bureaucracy and the federal Leviathan

    7. Short and clear argument against bureaucracyThis is a short essay in which Friedman makes the standard libertarian case against the size of government — that bureaucracy has several drivers which push it inevitably to grow, and that government misallocates resources, even when the people in the government are themselves good.

    8. This is really more of a pamphlet than a book, and as such, only has so much in it. If it were a book, I would expect more substance and detail to its arguments, but as it is, it's a good pamphlet. It serves the role of opening the idea to the reader, who will hopefully seek out more information on their own.I haven't read much Milton Friedman, but I do feel he's addressing real problems in this essay, and they are ones that impact many, many groups to this day in this country. This would likely [...]

    9. Quick Read - Little LightI enjoyed the essay, but wish it had a bit more substance. The Q&A at the end was interesting. Worth the time.

    10. This is short and simple, but it's written under the assumption that readers already agree with Friedman or at least has a background in econ. But still a very good read.

    11. I love watching Friedman destroy socialists and lefties on youtube so I figured I'd finally read something of his. He rightly believes that the government only should serve a few purposes and because it oversteps its bounds constantly, it is almost destined to fail. This quote sums it up nicely:"the tragedy is that because government is doing so many things it ought not to be doing, it performs the functions it ought to be performing badly. The basic functions of government are to defend the nat [...]

    12. If you only read the last pageAnd understand it, this book will have been worth it. So common sense in that book. Probably the only ones who understand the beauty of America are the legal immigrants or their parents or grandparents. All working to make one great country.

    13. Essentially one of Friedman's lectures turned into essay form with a Q&A session at the end. Despite only being a 20 page booklet, it is an extremely enlightening piece of work and is important to either solidify the knowledge/views of some libertarians or to introduce others to Friedman's philosophy. Many good historical examples are also used to illustrate the problem of government and the systematic dissection of why it is that government is THE problem is simply profound.

    14. More of an essay than a book (I was a little mad for paying $6 bucks for it on amazon), but it was still an excellent read in which Friedman advocates the first step towards turning our country BACK towards capitalism is Education Reform.Very well written - a must read for libertarians. It is short and sweet.

    15. At 18 pages this pamphlet was never going to deliver anything deep, but I was hoping for something new. Alas, it wasn't there. To be sure, Friedman is a paragon of libertarian thought and this was an enjoyable read, but the material is a condensed version of what you'd expect to find as a chapter in a book by Friedman himself or Thomas Sowell.

    16. Short essay on Friedman's observations and thoughts on smaller government. Given originally as a lecture I think this would have benefited from a bit more meat and some additional references. However it seems like a good primer on Friedman's philosophy.

    17. I Could Only Wish For MoreWhile these essays were informative, I wish they were longer and went into greater detail on why government is the problem on each issue discussed. Now I must find another book to satisfy my need.

    18. A Lesson for TodayThis is an excellent, short and easy to read economic lesson on our economy and the problems it faced and still faces today.

    19. Brilliant lecture and Q&A given by Dr. Friedman in the early 1990s. It is absolutely spot on in its analysis of the growth of government.

    20. An informative read for all fans of Mr. Friedman. Note: this is a short 20 page booklet taken from a lecture with a Q and A session given in 1991.

    21. Friedman describes many problems, but only one spurious conclusion: term limits! Career politicians merely take advantage of the problems with government, they are just a symptom, not the problem.

    22. Average essay. Not truly worth the read. Nothing new even for the early 90s. His other works are far more significant to economics

    23. Big Government Not The AnswerInteresting, thought provoking read! From those who believe bigger government is better need to read this Essay in Public Policy.

    24. Simply put common sense Non political yet timely explanation of something most already know to be true, government never performs as well as the private sector.

    25. Want a crash course, with many examples on why the institution "The Government" is broken? Read this. It's so short that I wouldn't even consider it a book.

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