Milton FriedmanMilton Friedman, (1912-2006) Nobel Prize-winning economist, economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan, "ultimate guru of the free-market system"

Milton Friedman Quote

“One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.”

Milton FriedmanMilton Friedman
~ Milton Friedman

Interview with Richard Heffner on The Open Mind (7 December 1975)

Ratings and Comments

jake, Los Angeles

Cf. The ends justify the means

J Carlton, Calgary

Friedman was a man of great insight. Everytime the Government does something "for the greater good", it destroys a little more of what makes people free and innovative. The truth is that everything the Government does is for the greater good...of the Government.

Mike, Norwalk

The qualifying question here is, does the intention and, the result fall within a strict interpretation of the Constitution and natural law ?

E Archer, NYC

When the end justifies the means, perpetual war is the result. Most totalitarian regimes are founded upon this principle -- promise the wealth of others to the poor, and voila...


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