Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Uncle Milton

Uncle Miltie

In 1979, a young Phil Donahue challenged legendary economist Milton Friedman on the principles of capitalism. And specifically he went after the concept of greed.
But Friedman eloquently articulated what capitalism was really about. And how it was behind so much good and wealth that was created in history….
“But it seems to reward not virtue as much as it does the ability to manipulate the system,” said Donahue.
“And what does reward virtue?” asked Friedman rhetorically. “Does a communist commisary reward virtue? You think a Hitler rewards virture?”….

Thanks Skoonger;  I  minored in ECON during a time when academia was enthralled with Keynes.  It was only later, by watching Milton Friedman's series on PBS that I had me noggin banged.  There really is no voice given to what I call an academic common sense economics today.  Too bad.  Because today's  young Michael Moores, like here, have nobody to turn to.

Flying Squirrels

A Cathartic Event   

Judge Cameo: And you, Mr. District Attorney, I'd like to point something out to you in the penal code: 
Section C, Paragraph 22: "Celebrities are above the law." 
This case is dismissed.

Quick:  What movie?

Rene Russo   
Jason Alexander   
Randy Quaid       
Robert De Niro   
Janeane Garofalo   
Carl Reiner   
Jonathan Winters       
John Goodman
David Alan Grier    ..   
Jeffrey Ross   
Billy Crystal   
Whoopi Goldberg  

I remember seeing something about this movie, and I remember having zero inclination to watch it even if it was free, which it wasn't, aaaaaaaaaaand even though they were one of my favorites; ..not interested. In 2000 I was consumed by AlGore's attempt to take the White House and the subsequent Florida coup attempt.

I just watched it.  This is perhaps the greatest animation feat ever, and it's funny as hell, and your kids can watch it.  Really.