Milton Friedman Memorial Debate: Was Bernanke Right? Chicago v. Vienna on Monetary Policy

| August 5 2012
David Leeper

On July 31, 2012, Americans for Prosperity celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nobel Laureate Economist Milton Friedman with a debate:  The Chicago Schools v. the Vienna School on Monetary Policy … Was Bernanke Right?

The debaters were Joe Cobb, economist and author, and Charles Goyette, author, speaker, and media personality.  Tom Jenney, Director of the Arizona State Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, moderated the debate.  Separate WesternFreePress.com interviews are available with Joe Cobb (at this link) and Charles Goyette (at this link).

Dr. Friedman’s PBS television series Free to Choose is a classic among Conservatives and Libertarians. The 1980 series, updated in 1990, is available for free viewing at www.freetochoose.tv. All Americans should watch this series (twice!) to understand the role that free choice and free markets play in producing prosperity for everyone — especially the “common man”.

Excerpts about the debate from the AFP program card:

Did Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke do the right thing in pursuing a policy of reflating the nation’s money supply and shoring up the balance sheets of national (and international) financial institutions?

After 1981, Dr. Friedman became convinced that a central bank was not necessary, and he advocated a free-market financial system (“free banking”).  But Bernanke has cited Dr. Friedman’s groundbreaking early monetary research as an authority in developing his case for reflation in response to the recent financial crisis.

The debate itself appears in the video immediately below.  At the bottom of this post is a 14-minute introduction to the debate by Dr. Jeff Singer, a sponsor, and Tom Jenney, the moderator.

WesternFreePress.com thanks Tom Jenney, Americans for Prosperity, the Goldwater Institute, and Dr. Jeff Singer for sponsoring this event.

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I know the debate is long, folks, but it's well worth it! Wash the dishes, turn up your speakers, and listen if you must!

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