I am on a journey. I want to explore the ideas of Milton Friedman, and whether his ideas throw any light on the current economic woes in the West. I can't stand the idea of Governments bailing out corporations, as they did during the recent financial crisis. Or the mushrooming debt burden and the inevitability of higher taxes in our lifetimes. Is it just me, or are taxes not already too high?! When I hear Nobel laureates such as Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz proposing that the solution involves MORE fiscal spending...or Ben Bernanke suggesting dropping money from helicopters... and even a trading legend and former hero of mine such as George Soros supporting a financial transaction tax I am left dazed and bewildered... Are we willing to lay down and accept the continued march towards state corporatism, an endlessly growing government sector as a proportion of our economies and the vested interests this entails, more and more onerous regulation on businesses, less competition, and higher and higher taxes to pay for other people's spending? Do I have an reason to complain about this state of affairs? When you put yourself in the shoes of a politician or central banker, can you honestly say you would allow AIG, Fannie or Freddie to fail? Hank Paulsen did that with Lehman and it was widely regarded by so called experts as a policy mistake, never to be repeated. And so the moral hazard within the system becomes greater than ever... I don't have all the answers, mostly questions...but I am hoping that Friedman will put me on the path to answering these.