Dinner with Bob Chitester

I don’t have a lot of time for blogging this week as I will be busy with a number of dinner arrangements – both fun and business.

Tonight I had dinner with Bob Chitester and other like-minded people. Bob was responsible as executive producer for Milton Friedman’s landmark PBS series “Free To Choose”. I am very happy to have met Bob today. Bob not only produced “Free to Choose” but he was also is the guy who convinced Friedman to do the series and as a consequence Bob truly changed the course of my life as the book that followed the TV series got me hooked on Friedman’s ideas at an age of 16 years or so back in the 1980s. People that know me would clearly acknowledge that I have not stopped talking about Friedman and monetary theory ever since then.

Bob had some wonderful anecdotes about “Uncle Milt”. Milton Friedman not only was a great economist and educator, but also a great sales man of his ideas – both economic and political.

Talking to Bob reminded me yet again of how important it is to “sell” the message in the right way. Milton Friedman of course was second to none in terms of that – what I have called a Pragmatic Revolutionary.

Milton Friedman of course would have turned 100 years this year. I look forward to celebrating him all through the year.

I want to thanks Bob for a great night and thanks to the Danish Free Market think tank CEPOS for arranging the event tonight.

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  1. Benjamin Cole

     /  January 26, 2012

    I hope someday the Friedman hagiographers correctly report that Milton Friedman wanted to 1) tax pollution, 2) finance military outlays with a progressive consumption tax; 3) eliminate the home mortgage interest tax deduction, and 4) stay far, far away from a gold standard and 5) told Japan to print a lot of money to solve its lost decade problems.

    I assure you, no one brings up these thoughts of Friedman today, except for a few Market Monetarists.

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