Hello everyone, sorry for the multiple emails today. This will be the last one I promise. As things are getting heated in the next few weeks, I hope you don't mind a little extra traffic on the activist networks. -Austin
Dear friend of Liberty,
As many of you may already know, the University of Chicago decided a few months ago to create the Milton Friedman Insitute in order to "to build upon the strengths of economists throughout the University and to honor the contributions of Milton Friedman, considered by many to be the leading economist of the 20th century."
That said, this noble cause is currently being attacked by a small but vocal group of faculty members who oppose free markets, and oppose Prof. Friedman's beliefs and ideals in support of individual freedom. As a recent Bloomberg report authored by Oliver Staley and John Lippert mentions, "critics say the institute won't be receptive to diverse points of view unless its mission is redefined." Nothing could be further from the truth. As the Milton Friedman Institute's website (http://news.uchicago.edu/btn/faq.mfi.php#Mission
) clearly states...
What is the Institute?s mission?
The Milton Friedman Institute will establish the standard for the best economic research by building on Chicago's traditions of rigorous development of economic models that are tested with the highest quality of empirical evidence. The Institute will encourage researchers to reach across the boundaries of their specializations to find ways of creating new ideas through fruitful collaborations.
I urge you to send University of Chicago President, Robert Zimmer ([address removed]), an e-mail and voice your strong support in favor of the of establishment of the Milton Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago. To make this even easier for you, I am including a template e-mail I, and I encourage you to act soon, since a decision is expected to come down within the next few days.
Thank you for your support.
Dear President Zimmer,
My name is XXXXX, and I am reaching out to you to voice my strong support in favor of establishing the Milton Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago. The Milton Friedman Institute's stated mission is a noble cause that will only strenghten our country and our economy, and I urge you to not allow a small but vocal minority derail it.
I sincerely hope that you will make the right decision, honor the greatest American economist and his accomplishments, and ensure that the University of Chicago remains at the forefront of economic and financial research. The country, and the world, need this kind of leadership, now more than ever.