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Brian Doherty on Milton Friedman’s Role in Pinochet-Era Chile

Back in 2006, Brian Doherty described the nature and the extent of Milton Friedman’s role in Pinochet-era Chile. If Doherty is right, the facts don’t align very well with the folk narrative that has long been advanced by Friedman’s critics. If Friedman’s involvement is worthy of condemnation — that is, if giving a series of lectures and public talks over the course of one week in an authoritarian country and having a conversation with the authoritarian ruler for less than an hour is our new standard for discrediting a public intellectual and all of her or his intellectual allies — we’ve entered an intriguing new terrain.  

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