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Financial Issues Forum presents Jennifer Burns on “Milton Friedman: The Last Conservative”

Tuesday, March 26 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Milton Friedman was, alongside John Maynard Keynes, the most influential economist of the 20th century. His work was instrumental in the turn toward free markets that defined the 1980s, and his full-throated defenses of capitalism and freedom resonated with audiences around the world. It’s no wonder the last decades of the 20th century have been called “the Age of Friedman”―or that analysts have sought to hold him responsible for both the rising prosperity and the social ills of recent times.

In Milton Friedman, the first full biography to employ archival sources, historian Jennifer Burns tells Friedman’s extraordinary story with the nuance it deserves. She provides lucid and lively context for his groundbreaking work on everything from why dentists earn less than doctors, to the vital importance of the money supply, to inflation and the limits of government planning and stimulus. She traces Friedman’s long-standing collaborations with women, including economist Anna Schwartz; his complex relationship with powerful figures such as Federal Reserve Chairman Arthur Burns and Treasury Secretary George Shultz; and his direct interventions in policymaking at the highest levels. Most of all, Burns explores Friedman’s key role in creating a new economic vision and a modern American conservatism. The result is a revelatory biography of America’s first neoliberal―and perhaps its last great conservative.

This program is free, but advance registration is required. Registered guests will receive the link prior to the program. The first 100 guests will receive a FREE electronic copy of the book, courtesy of the Fordham Gabelli Center for Global Security Analysis

About the Speaker

Jennifer Burns is an associate professor of history at Stanford University and a research fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. She is the author of Milton Friedman: The Last Conservative (November 2023) and Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right (2009). An expert on this history of conservative ideas and politics, she has written for The New York TimesThe Financial Times, Bloomberg and Dissent, and she has discussed her work on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and elsewhere.