Popular Neoliberalism: Readers' and Viewers' Reactions to Milton Friedman

Colloquium | April 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Dr. Maurice Cottier, Visiting Fellow, History Department, Harvard University

 Center for Right-Wing Studies

Milton Friedman was not only a leading neoliberal economist in the second half of the 20th century but, due to his popular books and appearances on TV, also a well-known public intellectual. Focusing on the reactions by viewers and readers of his book Capitalism and Freedom (1962) and book and TV series Free to Choose (1980), Maurice Cottier’s paper discusses how the broader public received Friedman’s message. The letters make it possible to investigate why people outside of academics, politics and the media were attracted by neoliberal free market ideas.

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Sponsor: Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, UC Berkeley

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