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Free To Choose: The Complete Television Series (1980)

Milton Friedman  |  G |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Milton Friedman
  • Format: Color
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DHTHZ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,925 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Free To Choose is a landmark television series about the interrelationship of personal, political and economic freedom -- ideas that still dominate public policy debates decades after they were first proposed. These are the ideas of Nobel winning economist Milton Friedman and his economist wife, Rose. These ten one-hour programs, filmed on location around the world, have helped millions of people understand the close relationship between the ideas of human and economic freedom. The interaction between these ideas has created, in the United States of America, the richest and freest society the world has ever known. Milton Friedman sees this success threatened when citizens assume that government intervention is the answer to all their problems. In this series, which premiered in the United States on January 11, 1980, Dr. Friedman focuses on basic principles. How do markets work? Why has socialism failed? Can government help economic development? The television series and the book that emerged from it have been watched and read by millions of people around the world. Both have been translated into over two dozen languages.
"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 01 The Power of the Market"
"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 02 The Tyranny of Control"
"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 03 Anatomy of Crisis"
"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 04 From Cradle to Grave"
"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 05 Created Equal"
"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 06 What's Wrong with our Schools"
"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 07 Who Protects the Consumer?"
"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 08 Who Protects the Worker?"
"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 09 How to Cure Inflation"
"Free To Choose 1980 - Vol. 10 How to Stay Free"

Customer Reviews

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tmely January 17, 2009
Series is over 30 years old but still timely to help understand what has gone wrong in the economy. It repeatedly proves with empirical evidence that results are more important than intentions.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless August 14, 2009
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This PBS television series proves there's nothing new under the sun. In these times of economic and political turmoil, Dr. Friedman brings clarity and understanding for those needing answers to the confusion of health care reform and much more. This series should be required viewing in economics classrooms everywhere.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding teaching tool from M Friedman August 19, 2010
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This video series is a phenomenal teaching tool from a champion of the free market.

It is very well made considering when it was produced. Every issue Friedman tackles in this series is (unfortunately) still around 30 years later for us to debate, so the material covered is not dated (however, the fashion and hairstyles recorded here are dated and it can be hard not to notice and snicker a little).

Friedman visits many places around the world, shows the origin of the issues through history, compares and contrasts arguments, and brings the material into perspective showing any hidden, visible, and ecomonic costs.

This series shows that Friedman has to be one of the most civil human beings to have graced this planet. He is articulate, thorough, and detail oriented when needed. He teaches by backing up his statements, and does so professionally, without malice and without raising his voice... all of this is starkly contrasted to his opposition whom he tries to debate at the end of each show.

I cannot say enough good things about this series.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free To Choose July 14, 2010
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This video should be required viewing for every school child. It is amazing how accurate Milton Freidman's predictions for the future were, especially since this video was made in 1980.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Basics Never Change October 29, 2010
By Patriot
Milton Freedman shares his views on what made America strong and how to keep it that way. It is a wonderful and powerful examination of our country form the economic, social and political points of view. He describes how America can get back to its roots and prosper again. Even though these sessions were produced in the '70s, upon close examination it is realized that the principals he expouses can and will work in today's world.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Milton Friedman - Free to Choose July 12, 2010
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This book truly puts in place the evil forces in our nation & world that would and is erroding freedom. Free to Choose shows how individule "selfishness/greed" is only one doing best for himself and strangely benifits others in each persons quest to do what is good for them.

The evil that gets in the way of our freedom is associated with others forcefully spending our money and our time rather than let individules decide what is best.

This came out of the 1980's but sounds like today.

This book is great and hits the point with a good personel evaluation from Milton and then a open group discussion later after each subject from a diverse group.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See August 19, 2012
By wolff
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I bought this series for my Mom but have used it more than her. If you like conservative views like Mark Levin, you'll love the subtle, yet confident delivery of Friedman. He genuinely acknowledges differing points of view, then picks them apart, asking you not simply to rely on his opinion, but the real world examples of why his observations are true. This information must be re-learned by our population before it's too late. As Regan said & Friedman verifies "Government is the cause of, not the solution to, most of our current problems.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free to Choose April 1, 2012
By orwoody
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This series is excellent. It was truly prophetic when it came out and human nature being as it is, is as up to date as can be.
Well done in every way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stream it online instead
Great but you can watch it for free online at
Published 11 days ago by Ralph Willington
3.0 out of 5 stars Free to Choose (Read the Fine Print)
CA government does not manufacture plastic bags, humans do. CA government did not dump those plastic bags all over the Pacific Ocean, humans did. Read more
Published 19 days ago by NYFB
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite educational series!
I absolutely love this product excellent series and excellent discussion at the end of every segment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Friedman
A visual preface to the book and a chance to listen to and see some of the people discuss the relevant issues facing us today.
Published 4 months ago by Rich Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series.
Very interesting series. Each episode starts with a video by Milton Friedman presenting his thoughts on a given subject, followed by debate between public intellectuals of the day,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peregrine Plover
5.0 out of 5 stars A great foundational piece for your family's education
This is one of the best gifts anyone could give to their children (teens and up) to help them understand economics. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jeannie
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
It.s like a holy grail of economics. I highly recommend this. My kids and I watch and I enjoy hearing what they have to say afterward.
Published 7 months ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required viewing for everyone
A Noble Prizing winning economist illustrates economic theory in very simple terms and it's impact on history and your everyday life. Truly interesting and enlightening.
Published 12 months ago by Orlando Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless voice of wisdom during a senseless time.
I was first introduced to this video series 13 years ago in high school by my economic teacher. Every other Friday he would show us an episode of the series as a break from our... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video.
This video digs deeper than the politics. Where today all you hear
is politicians telling people what they want to hear instead of how
to fix problems with common sense... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Traveler1226
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