Thursday, July 31, 2008

UChicago Faculty Protest New Milton Friedman Institute

From the Milton Friedman Institute website:
“The goal of the Institute is to build on the University’s existing leadership position and make the Milton Friedman Institute a primary intellectual destination for economics by creating a robust forum for engagement of our faculty and students with scholars and policymakers from around the world,” said President Robert J. Zimmer. “The Milton Friedman Institute will continue Chicago’s extraordinary tradition of creating new ideas that stimulate the academic world and innovative approaches that influence policy.”

If you have not yet read the original protest letter, it is here.

The document speaks for itself, but the quality of its prose makes one wonder why professors of English would attach their names to it.

Read U of C Graduate School of Business Professor John Cochrane's riposte here.

6 comments:

The Signatory Faculty said...

We write this letter fully appreciative of the financial support of others, without which our lofty endowed chairs would not exist:

Carl Darling Buck
George M. Pullman
Edward Carson Waller
Lawrence A. Kimpton
David and Mary Winton Green
Bernard E. & Ellen C. Sunny
Harold H. Swift
Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift
John D. MacArthur
Frank Curtis Springer and Gertrude Melcher Springer
Robert S. Ingersoll
Kanuni Suleyman
Mae and Sidney G. Mead
Samuel N. Harper
Margaret E. Burton
Norman and Edna Freehling
Ralph and Mary Otis Isham
Preston and Sterling Morton
Ferdinand Schevill
Preston and Sterling Morton
John Matthews Manly
James Westfall Thompson
Fredrik Albritton Jonsson
Caroline E. Haskell
Mabel Greene Myers
William Rainey Harper
Naomi Shenstone Donnelly
Gaylord Donnelley
Charles F. Grey
Frank P. Hixon
Edward L. Ryerson
Frank L. Sulzberger
Fairfax M. Cone
Carl Darling Buck

We also acknowledge the many unnamed individuals who have contributed in smaller ways.

Last by not least, we express our utmost gratitude to the unknown many who have made the ultimate sacrifice so we can live in freedom and have the luxury to spend our time thinking all our great thoughts.

PS said...

As in Pullman railway cars, Swift meat packing, and all those other exploitive capitalistic enterprises.

Open Mind said...

Milton Friedman scared some people with his insights into the truth.

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