Capitalism and Freedom Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does Friedman think of the remark, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"?

In response to the remark, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country," Friedman thinks that the correct question is "What can I and my compatriots do through government?"

2. According to Friedman what is the role of government?

According to Friedman, the role of government is to preserve freedom and therefore, it must be limited. Government should protect citizens from external threats and criminals and enforce contracts.

3. Where does Friedman believe power in government should be located?

Power in government should be decentralized and given to the states, and better yet, the local community.

4. Why does Friedman believe government power should be limited?

Government power should be limited because it is not the creator of civilization- only private individuals are. It cannot duplicate the creativity of the individual.

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