Sunday, November 26, 2006

"There's no such thing as a free lunch" and other quotes from Friedman (4/5)

1. I am in favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible.

2. I'm in favor of legalizing drugs. According to my values system, if people want to kill themselves, they have every right to do so. Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal.

3. The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit. 4. The most important ways in which I think the Internet will affect the big issue is that it will make it more difficult for government to collect taxes.

5. Inflation is caused by too much money chasing after too few goods.

6. On the difference between public vs. private education: "Try talking French with someone who studied it in public school. Then with a Berlitz graduate."

7. There's no such thing as a free lunch.

8. 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.

9. The only way that has ever been discovered to have a lot of people cooperate together voluntarily is through the free market. And that's why it's so essential to preserving individual freedom.

10. The power to do good is also the power to do harm.