Lost in the mix of all of the news coverage is the loss of somebody whose contributions to the cause of freedom and less government should be recognized and appreciated — especially today.
Rose Friedman, wife of 64 years to the late economist Milton Friedman, died last week. Here’s part of her obituary from the University of Chicago:
Rose Friedman, an economist and co-author of a number of important books with her late husband Milton Friedman, died of heart failure on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at her home in Davis, Calif. While the exact date of her birth is uncertain, she is believed to have been 98 years old.
Friedman and her husband, a University of Chicago professor and winner of the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, were the authors of a number of influential books, including Capitalism and Freedom and Free To Choose, which was published as a companion book to a public television series by the same name. Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and free-market leaders in Eastern Europe were all devoted admirers of the FriedmansÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ views.
Rose Friedman will be remembered as a talented economist and an influential advocate of freedom, said her daughter Janet Friedman. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Her economic work helped to discredit the idea of government management of the economy, rolling back policies that were hindering wealth creation and thus helping extend the blessings of prosperity to millions around the world. And as a standard-bearer for human liberty, she contributed to the galvanizing of public opinion, especially in the 1980s, against the growing encroachments of intrusive government,Ã¢â‚¬Â she said.
Rest in peace, Mrs. Friedman, and thanks for your work to promote the virtues of freedom and smaller government. We need to be reminded of those things today more than ever.