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November 19, 2006

Quiggin On Friedman

I like this:

Friedman was effective in part because he was obviously a person of goodwill. I never had the feeling with him, as with many writers in the free-market line, that he was promoting cynical selfishness, or pushing the interests of business. He genuinely believed that economics was about making people’s lives better and that disagreements among economists were about means rather than ends and could ultimately be resolved by careful attention to the evidence.

The various reactions to Friedman's death have I'm afraid simply confirmed me in some of my prejudices. There are decent people with whom I still manage to disagree, as here, and there are others not so decent as here.

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Not worth bothering about the bozo who wrote the short paragraph - his view is so out of synch it doesn't matter.

Posted by: james higham | Nov 19, 2006 1:47:50 PM

"person of goodwill": bloody pratt-speak.

Posted by: dearieme | Nov 19, 2006 3:22:25 PM

I don't suppose this means that you're going to be reconsidering the wisdom or taste of your post on JK Galbraith's death?

Tim adds: No, I think the tone of my post on Galbraith is fine. I actually start with the phrase nil nisi....

Posted by: dsquared | Nov 19, 2006 6:07:08 PM

..and followed it with the "I'm not a racist" style "but".

In what way does Richard Adam's piece fail to meet your definition of how one "in polite society, talk[s] about people between their death and their burial" and your JKG piece doesn't?

Posted by: Matthew | Nov 19, 2006 7:41:59 PM