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Galbraithian Philosophy, Part 4 to the Life & Works of
John Kenneth Galbraith

Galbraith, to Friedman8, was a 20th-century version of the early 19th-century Tory Radical of Great Britain. Galbraith believed in the superiority of aristocracy and in its paternalistic authority. These sorts of people -- and they are all too common these days -- deny that the free market should rule, deny that consumers should be allowed choice; and assert that all should be determined by those with "higher minds." As Friedman says:
"Many reformers -- Galbraith is not alone in this -- have as their basic objection to a free market that it frustrates them in achieving their reforms, because it enables people to have what they want, not what the reformers want. Hence every reformer has a strong tendency to be adverse to a free market."9
Like John Stuart Mill; Galbraith treated "his assertions as if they have scientific authority, as if they have been demonstrated, when they have not been at all."10

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