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AFPF-Kansas joins international celebration of Milton Friedman

July 30, 2012 J

Wichita, KS—The Kansas chapter of the grassroots group Americans for Prosperity Foundation is part of an international effort celebrating the life and legacy of Milton Friedman, the late Nobel Prize winner who is considered one of the 20th century’s leading economists. AFPF-Kansas plans to host a lunch meeting at 12 p.m. Tuesday, July 31 at the Best Western Airport Inn (6815 W. Kellogg) to discuss the life and accomplishments of Dr. Friedman, as well as view a brief documentary about school choice.

Friedman’s theories on free markets and limited government dominated the economic and political discourse in the latter half of the 20th century. His opinions countered those of British economist John Maynard Keynes, who advocated for greater government spending as a way to prevent economic downtimes. Friedman also gained notoriety for his book “Capitalism and Freedom” and the PBS special “Free to Choose.”

“Our activists feel it is so important to recognize the life of Dr. Friedman and his dedication to economic freedom,” said AFPF-Kansas grassroots coordinator Susan Estes. “On what would have been Dr. Friedman’s 100th birthday, we will be honored to commemorate his legacy of freedom. His efforts to promote school choice and freedom in all aspects really should be celebrated by all.”

Organizers of the Wichita 2012 Friedman celebration are asking that those interested in attending register by emailing infoks@afphq.org. Last year, “Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day” gatherings welcomed more than 8,400 people in 45 states and six countries.

“There is a lot Kansas residents and leaders can still learn from Milton Friedman,” said Robert Enlow, president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, which Dr. Friedman and his wife, Rose, founded in 1996. “For those Kansas residents interested in boosting their economy, improving government, and providing access to a quality education for all, they should attend AFPF-Kansas’ Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day gathering.”

Today, Friedman’s name appears frequently in matters related to school choice, as the late Nobel laureate was father of the school voucher idea. As early as 1955, Friedman proposed vouchers as the best possible way to raise the quality of schooling in America.

Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFPF educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFPF is more than 1.8 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states.  AFPF has 34 state chapters and affiliates. More than 90,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial contribution to AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.americansforprosperityfoundation.com/

Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

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