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Milton Friedman vs Ayn Rand: How to Change the World

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In this episode of New Ideal Live, Onkar Ghate and Nikos Sotirakopoulos discuss Milton Friedman’s impact as a public intellectual and how his advocacy of the free market differed from Ayn Rand’s radical philosophical case for capitalism.

Among the topics covered:

  • Why Milton Friedman is an essentially positive influence on free market thought;
  • How Friedman’s moral conventionality reinforced the ideas he tried to oppose;
  • The importance of stating the ideal when advocating for gradual reform;
  • Why questions of morality are at the root of economic issues;
  • How Friedman’s amoralism and pragmatism blinded him to the statists’ motivation;
  • Ayn Rand’s critical evaluation of Friedman;
  • Why the abolitionist movement is a model for moving the world toward freedom.

Mentioned in this podcast is Onkar Ghate and Yaron Brook’s course “Cultural Movements: Creating Change” and Ayn Rand’s essay “Tax Credits for Education.”

The podcast was recorded on May 2, 2024. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher. Watch archived podcasts here.


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