Students for a Free Economy Celebrates Milton Friedman Legacy Day

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Contact: Chris Deming
Director of Campus Leadership
Michael D. Jahr
Senior Director of Communications

MIDLAND — Students for a Free Economy will honor the late Dr. Milton Friedman Friday as part of a national day of recognition for the Nobel Laureate. The Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day is being celebrated in every state and in several countries worldwide.

SFE students will take a trip to the Detroit Science Center to explore how Dr. Friedman and his free-market theories have benefited mankind and how they can move our country forward amidst current economic uncertainty. The event is sponsored by the Foundation for Educational Choice, formerly the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation.

"Celebrating Dr. Friedman's legacy is important for our group, because he constantly sought to bring common sense economic reform to the nation. He was probably one of the most effective communicators of free market principles," said Christopher Deming, director of campus leadership at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Dr. Friedman, who passed away in November 2006, is regarded as one of the world's most influential promoters of economic freedom. He argued that the voluntary choices of individuals, not the dictates of government, should be the default mode of human life. His revolutionary work in economic theory earned him the Nobel Prize in 1976.

"In an era of bailouts and greater government economic intervention, citizens should remember Dr. Friedman's work for its emphasis on individual freedom," said Robert Enlow, president and CEO of the Foundation for Educational Choice. "Our country is at a crossroads today. Do we go down the path of individual control, or do we adhere to the free-market principles, like those espoused by Dr. Friedman, that made our country what it is today: Great.

"We're delighted to have Students for a Free Economy join us in celebrating his legacy for freedom," added Enlow.

Although he typically is recognized for his economic contributions, Friedman spent the last decade of his life fighting to bring educational freedom to all of America's children. In 1996, he and his wife Rose started the Foundation for Educational Choice to promote his vision for universal school choice — an idea he first proposed in 1955.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Detroit Science Center. For more information, individuals are asked to contact Christopher Deming at

Students for a Free Economy is a nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of free markets, civil society and individual liberty. SFE accomplishes this goal by establishing a presence at colleges and universities, providing resources and materials, developing future leaders in the free-market movement and acting as a network for students to connect with like-minded individuals who share their passion for a free economy and society.