"To the free man, the country is the collection of individuals who compose it, not something over and above them. He is proud of a common heritage and loyal to common traditions. But he regards government as a means, an instrumentality, neither a grantor of favors and gifts, nor a master or god to be blindly worshipped and served."
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Milton Friedman
(1912-2006) Nobel Prize-winning economist, economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan, "ultimate guru of the free-market system"
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Introduction, Capitalism and Freedom (1962)
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AHHH YES ! A great start in describing the free man.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- jim k, Austin, Tx      
    Indeed!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    This indeed serves as a motto for all institutions like family - the school or the Church/Temple. The crux of the matter is that all 'individuals in common shall be 'the cause and concern' of all human institutions and not just some of few or One and neither are they 'for themselves' in any way.
     -- Vedapushpa, Bangalore     
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