By Milton Friedman, Rose D. Friedman
How do we enjoy the promise of presidency whereas warding off the possibility it poses to person freedom? during this vintage booklet, Milton Friedman offers the definitive assertion of his immensely influential financial philosophy—one during which aggressive capitalism serves as either a tool for reaching fiscal freedom and an important for political freedom. the result's an obtainable textual content that has offered good over part one million copies in English, has been translated into eighteen languages, and exhibits each signal of changing into increasingly more influential as time is going on.
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M a r x d e m o n s t r a t e d this specifically w h e n discussing t h e views of Ricardo's p r o l e t a r i a n o p p o n e n t s , w h o s a i d , " ' W e n e e d capital, b u t n o t t h e capitalists'" (XV-878). I n analysing t h e history of b o u r g e o i s political e c o n o m y M a r x attached g r e a t i m p o r t a n c e to characterising its m e t h o d . T h e service r e n d e r e d by classical political e c o n o m y (above all A d a m S m i t h a n d David Ricardo) consisted in that it was able " t o r e d u c e t h e v a r i o u s fixed a n d m u t u a l l y alien forms of wealth to t h e i r i n n e r unity by m e a n s of analysis a n d to strip away t h e f o r m in which they exist i n d e p e n d e n t l y alongside o n e a n o t h e r .
What applies to one sale and one purchase applies equally to the sum total of all sales and purchases, in short to the whole of the circulation of commodities taking place between the whole of the owners of commodities within any period of time. — Ed. Transformation of Money into Capital 25 can be exactly measured by the reduction in the value drawn from circulation by the other commodity owners. Some of them extract more value from circulation than they threw in because, and to the extent that, the others extract less value, suffer a deduction from, a lessening in, the value they originally laid out.
To C. , or it appears that his value of 100s. has posited a value of 150. But in fact the same amount is present after the transaction as before it: 100s. in A's possession, 150s. in B's, commodities to the value of 150s. in C's. Summa summarum*: 400s. Originally there were present: commodities to the value of 150s. in A's possession, 100s. in B's, 150s. in C's. Summa summarum: 400s. No further change has taken place except the change in the distribution of the 400s. between A, B and C. 50s. have travelled from A's pocket to B's, and A has become poorer precisely to the extent that B has been enriched.