Monday, June 07, 2004
The Terrible Swede had the courage to ask me who the other three major figures that helped shape my political views. Friedrich A. Hayek is one of the most influential men to my thinking. He was pointing out the errors of socialism long before anyone else. He came to influence the next person on my list, Milton Friedman. He is one of the brightest thinkers in the history of economics, especially when it comes to monetary policy. Finally, William F. Buckley Jr. rounds out this list. National Review was very influential in how I thought throughout high school. Honestly, my reading that magazine helped jump my SAT verbal score by 100 points. Besides that, much of my thought on social concerns was refined by his influence.