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Friedman's problem is much like Obama's - how to appear vigorously and effectively concerned about disturbing social trends without upsetting those who own the system. After all, we can't expect him to risk his own position in the pursuit of 'truth'. It would appear that he has found at least one pole star by which to steer his ship: NEVER ASSOCIATE AGENCY WITH THOSE WHO ACTUALLY HAVE IT. Then he can tilt vigorously yet harmlessly against windmills. The harmless part being from the POV of those WITH agency. Combine that pole star with the emotional imperative to feel good about hemself, which he so obviously does, and one can see how appealing it must be to assimilate a Randian POV so dear to so many IMPORTANT DECISION MAKERS.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Feb 18th, 2013 at 11:53:09 AM EST

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