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Milton Friedman & the Human Good

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Author(s): Tibor R. Machan

Journal: Libertarian Papers
ISSN 1947-6949

Volume: 1;
Start page: 27;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: libertarianism | free society

ABSTRACT
Milton Friedman is among those who have favored a value free, amoral defense of the free society. Here I discuss his basic reason for doing so, namely, that the claim to moral knowledge implies authoritarian politics. I argue that this is wrong because to act morally cannot require coercing people to do so–to quote Immanuel Kant, “ought” implies “can.”

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