Friedman quote

NRO's readers recall a wonderful Milton Friedman remark about why intellectuals are important:

Only a crisis--actual or perceived--produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable.

(From Capitalism and Freedom.)

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