Next year, 2012, will be celebrated across the world as Milton Friedman's centennial to honour this remarkable economist who did wonders for human liberty.
I personally rate FA Hayek higher for his depth of philosophical exposition but Friedman's short book, Capitalism and Freedom is very influential because it is punchy and focused on key policy issues. My own worldview has been significantly influenced by Friedman (ideas such as negative income tax and school vouchers, among others).
[Digression: If you don't own a copy of this book (I'd strongly recommend you buy it and underline it!) you can read most of the first chapter here, and preview significant chunks here. In my view this book, along with Hayek's works should be made freely available. Publishers who seek to profit from the works of dead writers are doing humanity a great dissservice.]
In the 1980s, Friedman made the Free to Choose series of TV programs, later updated in the 1990s. The entire series is available here for you to watch and listen to.
Now, a commemorative documentary called Free or Equal, hosted by Johan Norberg has been produced. Here's a four minute trailer:
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