Milton Friedman - Socialist

Wojtek Sokolowski sokol at
Wed Jun 10 09:34:47 PDT 1998

At 04:39 PM 6/9/98 -0700, Michael Perelman wrote:
>David was not a mean spirited person; he believed in his
>anarchism/capitalism and he had a good sense of humor. He was then
>critical of his father for supporting the right of the government to
>regulated drugs like thalidomide. David insisted that no profit
>maximizing company would ever sell a bad product lest it harm its
>reputation. Like I said, he had a good sense of humor.

Well, I was told that the commandant of the Auschwitz camp was a rather cultured person as well. He would play classical music to silence off the screams of people being gassed next door. The VonBrauns and hi-tech wizards that pioneered modern rocketry also created the Dora "Mittelwerke" - a murderous forced labor camp manufacturing V-2 missiles.

The Pinochets and Polpots were probably very sincere individuals too. For that matter, General Sherman reportedly had a very warm attitude toward the Southerners.

In the world of charming tyrants, I have less and less problems with burning intellectuals and leaders at stake for the consequences of their policies - whether intended or not - their personal charm notwithstanding. I could show some sense of humor too, for example asking them if they would like a smoke before the pyre is lit. Human robots coldly inflicting misery on others in the name of abstract principles or ideology are probably the most scary monsters - real or imaginary - that walked on the surface of this planet.


Wojtek Sokolowski

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