Why Government Is the Problem by Milton Friedman - Read Online
Why Government Is the Problem
0% of Why Government Is the Problem completed

About

Interests

Summary

Friedman discusses a government system that is no longer controlled by "we, the people." Instead of Lincoln's government "of the people, by the people, and for the people," we now have a government "of the people, by the bureaucrats, for the bureaucrats," including the elected representatives who have become bureaucrats.
Published: Hoover Institution Press an imprint of Independent Publishers Group on
ISBN: 9780817954437
List price: $1.99
Availability for Why Government Is the Problem
With a 30 day free trial you can read online for free
  1. This book can be read on up to 6 mobile devices.

Reviews

Book Preview

Why Government Is the Problem - Milton Friedman

You've reached the end of this preview. Sign up to read more!
Page 1 of 1

The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, founded at Stanford University in 1919 by Herbert Hoover, who went on to become the thirty-first president of the United States, is an interdisciplinary research center for advanced study on domestic and international affairs. The views expressed in its publications are entirely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the staff, officers, or Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution.

www.hoover.org

Hoover Institution Press Publication—

Essays in Public Policy No. 39

Copyright © 1993 by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University

Material contained in this essay may be quoted with appropriate citation.

First printing, 1993

Manufactured in the United States of America

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Friedman, Milton, 1912-2006.

Why government is the problem / by Milton Friedman.

p. cm.— (Essays in public policy; no. 39)

ISBN-10: 0-8179-5442-2 (pbk.: alk. paper)

ISBN-13: 978-0-8179-5442-0 (pbk.: alk. paper)

1. United States—Economic policy—1981- .

2. United States—Politics and government—1981-1989.

3. United States—Politics and government—1989-1993.

4. Free enterprise—United States

I. Title. II. Series.

HB106.8.F743 1993

338—dc20  93-6673

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The major social problems of the United States—deteriorating education, lawlessness and crime, homelessness, the collapse of family values, the crisis in medical care—have been produced by well-intended actions of government. That is easy to document. The difficult task is understanding why government is the problem. The power of special interests arising from the concentrated benefits of most government actions and their dispersed costs is only part of the answer. A more fundamental part is the difference between the self-interest of individuals when they are engaged in the private sector and the self-interest of the same individuals when they are engaged in the government sector. The result is a government system that is no longer controlled by we, the people. Instead of Lincoln's government of the people, by the people, and for the people, we now have a government "of the people, by the bureaucrats,