Milton Friedman on the Negative Income Tax

Milton Friedman was born 101 years ago today. The video above isn’t as snappy as many of the great Friedman videos online, but I like it because it shows the kind of libertarian Friedman was. Instead of dismissing any policy that fell short of abolishing the state as ‘socialism’, he came up with innovative and practicable steps towards a freer and richer world. His policy proposals are still relevant and fresh (unlike many of FA Hayek’s, for instance) — as a replacement for existing welfare, a Negative Income Tax today could liberate people from the benefits trap. Daniel Hannan’s piece on Friedman and school vouchers — another idea as fresh and important today as it was when he first proposed it — is well worth reading too.