Milton Friedman (1912–1986), free market economist and author who schooled Phil Donahue on national television about capitalism and the freedom of the market place, would have turned 100 years old on July 31st of this year.
Friedman’s calm demeanor, as he put the arrogant, know-it-all, and multimillionaire talk show host in his place, is a thing of beauty. If you haven’t seen it, then you are in for a real treat. It’s less than 3 minutes in length and worth every second:
The last thing Friedman says to Donahue is important as we take a look at another centennial birthday that has a great deal of significance for today’s gun control debate. August 4, 2012 marks the centennial birthday of World War II hero, Raoul Wallenberg.
Raoul Wallenberg epitomizes individual initiative, freedom and the sanctity of the individual against the all-powerful state. Comfortable in his affluent Swedish homeland, while nearly everyone was steeped [in] a culture of denial and submission, Wallenberg was alarmed and stood up fearlessly taking action during WWII when millions of Jews were being rounded up and sent to be slaughtered in the Nazi death camps.
In 1986 the NBC presented a gripping drama about Wallenberg and his attempts to save European Jews from their Nazi tormentor, Colonel Adolf Eichmann. Wallenberg’s efforts may have made the difference between life and death for nearly 120,000 Hungarian Jews.
During the course of the story, the viewer is struck by an emotional scene of Jews being loaded onto trucks for shipment to a concentration camp.
A Jewish teenager turns to a rabbi and confronts him with a seemingly unanswerable question: “How can you still believe in God after all of this?” The rabbi does not take long to respond: “How can you still believe in man?”
Friedman’s “I don’t even trust you” and the rabbi’s comment about the cruelty of man say a lot about self-defense against tyranny. Like the Germans, we say it can’t happen here.
“Today our conditions are very much like pre-war Nazi Germany when Hitler rose to power, was appointed chancellor, and started nationalizing the banks, auto industry, and healthcare and then seized absolute power. Similarly Obama took control of the auto industry, the banks and nationalized healthcare. The state now controls the schools, the press, our cultural institutions, our healthcare and large sectors of the economy. Our freedoms are being stripped away. Soon the internet will be a tool of the government and free enterprise will no longer be free.”
The next step will be to remove the last line of resistance to what could be a totalitarian surge based on some national emergency. You may recall how guns were confiscated in the aftermath of Katrina.
Gun ownership is a statement that human beings can be cruel and governments can’t be trusted.