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Szasz: Well, I think you can see what I am getting at. Drug use--whatever the drug--is like any habit: it must be learned. In my view, drug addiction--that is, the habitual use and craving for a drug--is not something that happens to a person unwittingly, against his will; it's something he does to himself, generally by practicing assiduously how to use--and enjoy--a particular substance. The idea that a single experience with a drug...makes one a "slave" to it, makes one unable to exist without it, is simply not true. It's what I call "pharmacomythology"--in contrast to pharmacology, which has to do with the real chemical effect of drugs.
From "An Interview with Milton Friedman," Nobel laureate economist
"There's a strong argument to be made that a free society is a fundamentally unstable equilibrium, in the language of the natural sciences....There's a great deal of basis for believing that a free society is fundamentally unstable--we may regret this but we've got to face up to the facts....How often and for how long have we had free societies? For short periods of time. There was an essentially free society in 5th-century Greece. Was it able to survive? It disappeared. Every other time when there's been a free society, it has tended to disappear."
Reason: It's paradoxical but...you are attributing to the collectivist intellectual a better feeling for the market.
Milton Friedman: Of course. But while there's a bigger market for Fords than there is for American Motors products, there is a market for the American Motors products. In the same way, there's a bigger market for collectivist ideology than there is for individualist ideology. The thing that really baffles me is that the fraction of intellectuals who are collectivists is, I think, even larger than would be justified by the market.
From "Economics, Politics & Freedom," an interview with Nobel laureate economist F.A. Hayek
"What I expect is that inflation will drive all the Western countries into a planned economy via price controls. Nobody will dare to stop inflation in an ordinary manner because as things are at present, to discontinue inflation will inevitably cause extensive unemployment....People will find they can't live with constantly rising prices and will try to control it by price controls, and that of course is the end of the market system and the end of the free political order. So I think it will be via the attempt to regress the effects of a continued inflation that the free market and free institutions will disappear. It may still take ten years, but it doesn't matter much for me because in ten years I hope I shall be dead."
From "Inside Ronald Reagan"
Reason: Do you believe in conscription?
Ronald Reagan: Only in time of war.
Reason: What about the last 10 years?
Reagan: I disagreed with it, and I'll tell you why: I believe Lenin...on that. Lenin said that he would force the capitalist nations to maintain military conscription until the uniform became a symbol of servitude rather than patriotism.