Political Thinkers: Milton Friedman

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We'll continue the "Political Thinkers" series. It critically examines the political and ideological viewpoints of prominent public figures, considered to be tremendously influential as a trendsetter.

Here, the goal is to discuss fresh viewpoints -- some of which might be "unconventional" in nature -- in analyzing its applicability in our ever-increasingly complex society. Just like every issue that our group discusses, we examine and evaluate it with an independent and critical lens, at the highest level of intellectual rigor.


For this discussion, we'll evaluate the work of the late Milton Friedman.

To that end, we'll explore the following questions:

- What are the deep-rooted philosophical basis for his theories and views, if any?

- What makes his appeal so controversial?

- Have his views and positions always remained intellectually consistent?

- What do his rise to popularity indicate about the cultural or political climate of his time period?

We will then examine Friedman's economic theories and key policy matters, including:

- Monetary and market policies.

- His ardent and steadfast opposition to the Keynesian economic theory.

- The articulation of the "Economic Freedom" theory.

- How his ideas regarding monetary, tax, and deregulatory policies influenced various government programs home and abroad.

- Any criticisms of his role in association or assistance of the military dictatorship in Chile following the 1973 coup.

His extensive collection of publications and other notable works are listed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Friedman_bibliography

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The NYCPF does not endorse or promote the views held by any of these individuals.

PLEASE NOTE: the individuals above will NOT be appearing in-person -- these meetings are for DISCUSSION PURPOSES ONLY, in comparing and evaluating their views and ideologies.


Previous "Political Thinkers" series:

▨ Christopher Hitchens (Jan. 12, 2019): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/257700330/

▨ Jordon Peterson (May 26, 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/250182531

▨ Sam Harris and Reza Azlan (April 21, 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/248609818/

▨ Milo Yiannopoulos, Ben Shapiro, Linda Sarsour, Cenk Uygur (Feb. 10, 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/246998014/