For a couple of years immediately following college, I worked behind the scenes of Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson. But Peter has been doing these interviews a long time, and there are scores of marvelous old UK episodes that I'm only coming upon for the first time now. This one, linked in today's installment of Ben Domenech's Transom, with the late Milton Friedman on the topic of libertarianism is really worth a watch.
1. Peter in pleather.
2. Milton Friedman on the two strains of libertarianism
FRIEDMAN But as a matter of fact there are two really different versions of libertarianism. The more extreme version of libertarianism has one central principle- it is immoral to initiate force on anyone else. That's the prime view, that's the Ayn Rand type of libertarianism.
ROBINSON So the coercive power of the state is immoral in and of itself...
FRIEDMAN Immoral in and of itself..and all you need to know to know that something of the state is immoral is whether it involves the initiation of force. That's one brand, now there's another brand which is one I would be favorable to which you could call consequentialist libertarianism.
3. Milton Friedman on the 4.5 cabinet departments he thinks are worth keeping. (Peter of course didn't ask Dr. Friedman for his opinion on the Dept. of Homeland Security since at the time of this recording, 1999, the DHS did not yet exist. But it's hard to imagine Dr. Friedman giving his thumbs up to a department that gave us the farce that is the TSA.)