"Left Wing" Milton Friedman on Legalizing Drugs, and Why Drug Laws Kill 10,000 People Per Year
In this video, economist Milton Friedman explains his position on why drugs should be legalized, how drug laws created the market for crack cocaine ("the stronger the drug laws, the stronger the drugs") and why the government's drug laws result in 10,000 additional deaths per year.
Bottom Line: Contrary to the position of the University of Chicago faculty that Milton Friedman was a right-wing, conservative economist, this video clearly demonstrates that Milton Friedman was a libertarian, and not a conservative. Friedman's advocacy of drug legalization would immediately disqualify him as a Republican and/or a conservative, and would demonstrate that on at least this topic, Friedman was actually radically left-wing.
Would the anti-Friedman faculty at the University of Chicago agree with Friedman that drugs should be legal (in which case they should drop their objections to the "conservative" Friedman Center), or would they align themselves with the right-wing, conservative Republicans in the "War on Drugs" (in which case they are conservatives themselves)? Seems like a no-win outcome for them?