Cruisin’ With Miltie

Eric Altermen shares personal memory of Milton Friedman, whose legacy modern-day "conservatives" have left in tatters.

Ten or so years ago, the good folks at The Nation were nice enough to send me on a week-long cruise of Alaska put on by National Review for its readers. (I did not realize at the time that I was actually doing recognizance for the wiley and parsimonious Victor S. Navasky’s business plans. I believe you can read about that, in a piece I wrote called “Heart of Whiteness,” if you buy this book.) I had already gotten to know Bill Buckley a bit writing my first book, a history of punditry — but I was especially eager to meet Milton Friedman, who was, after all, the most influential American thinker alive.

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Eric Alterman

Senior Fellow