He has said that he is a libertarian philosophically but a member of the U.S. Republican Party for the sake of "expediency" ("I am a libertarian with a small l and a Republican with a capital R. And I am a Republican with a capital R on grounds of expediency, not on principle.") But, he says, "I think the term classical liberal is also equally applicable. I don't really care very much what I'm called. I'm much more interested in having people thinking about the ideas, rather than the person."
According to Harry Girvetz and Kenneth Minogue, Friedman is co-responsible with Friedrich von Hayek for providing the intellectual foundations for the revival of classical liberalism in the 20th century.
In 2005, Friedman and more than 500 other economists, called for
discussions regarding the economic benefits of the legalization of
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