I recently reread Friedman’s book “Free to Choose”. I concluded governments in capitalist countries like their communist counterparts have been slow in dismantling socialist practices that grew uncontrollably in the 20th Century. Canada`s Brian Mulroney and Britain`s Thatcher made progress at containing Government growth. Since then Governments have turned on the spigots of statism.
Free to Choose is a clearly written and thought provoking book. It assails governmental control over economic freedom. Control induced by regulation, price and wage controls, nationalization of industries, the printing of money, kowtowing to special interests, and corporate welfare. Its companion book is Ayn Rand`s “Atlas Shrugged”. Both books are worth reading for those that are looking for a philosophical anchor to combat the erosion of their personal freedom.