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Milton Friedman and My Pal Andy Kessler


Checking the website of my friend, Andy Kessler—a former venture capitalist, Andy now devotes himself to writing, and you’ll see his work often on the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal—I found that Andy engaged in an extensive email exchange with Milton Friedman less than two months before Milton’s death.

The topic: Andy’s argument, in The End of Medicine, his latest book, that Silicon Valley will solve the problem of ever-rising health care costs by providing ever-cheaper medical technology.

Milton wasn’t buying.

For a wonderfully bracing example of the mind of Milton Friedman at work—at the age of 94 and in spite of failing health, he remained incisive and unforgiving, but also impeccably generous—click here.