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Paul Krugman: Free to be Stupid

Paul Krugman growls, from New York Times [1]:

Back in 1980, just as America was making its political turn to the right, Milton Friedman lent his voice to the change with the famous TV series “Free to Choose.” In episode after episode, the genial economist identified laissez-faire economics with personal choice and empowerment, an upbeat vision that would be echoed and amplified by Ronald Reagan.

I’m referring, as you might guess, to what happened during Monday’s G.O.P. presidential debate. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Representative Ron Paul what we should do if a 30-year-old man who chose not to purchase health insurance suddenly found himself in need of six months of intensive care. Mr. Paul replied, “That’s what freedom is all about — taking your own risks.”

The answer to Krugman’s question of when did Friedman’s ideas morph into Paul’s, is they did not. Friedman was a conservative. Paul is a libertarian.    Sadly Paul is also a foreign policy ding bat.   I do give Paul credit for sticking to his libertarian position.