Ok - well, go ahead then. I'm always open to learning. But - we're talking fiscal policy. Friedman wasn't an enviroinmentalist.
Sure they have. Last i looked until you get to trudeau's recent foibles with inflation wages have been above inflation by about 1 percent and change for the last 20 years. And not just overall, but if you break it down by industry.
That only works if you cherry pick the years. The mid to late 70's was a period of very unusually high wages which would go on to fuel the massive inflation and interest rates of the early 80.'s
But when you look at the statcan :
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees in Canada rose 1.8% year-on-year to $1,177 in February 2023, after a downwardly revised 2.6% advance in the prior month. It was the slowest increase in average weekly earnings since December 2021, with 15 of the 20 sectors reporting gains...
And you look at the average inflation:
The statistic shows the average inflation rate in Canada from 1987 to 2022, with projections up until 2028.
You can see that in fact wages have been gaining.
And the tax burden is actually lower as well. So people keep more of their wages.
So sure you could cherry pick ONE year to compare but that's not real. An examination over time shows that indeed wages have been doing just fine specifically in the 90's/2000'
In any case, i'm not seeing where the changes are or are not a result of friedman's economics.
Sorry but the idea of 'wealth distribution' isn't a real thing. It's what socialists use to explain things but it suggests that there's a finite amount of wealth that must be distributed. Which is not true in the slightest.
We do have some serious issues dragging on the middle class at the moment but it's not a 'wealth distribution' issue. Inflation is killing it, and there are a number of tax and claw back issues which really prevent people from getting ahead into the middlle class. But that's not because they can't EARN wealth.
But regradless - your claim was this all was a result of following Milton's works. I'm not seeing any evidence of that.
Um - from your own source:
But isn’t the average Canadian better off today?
Yes, the average Canadian is better off than she or he was a generation ago. In 1976, average income was $51,100; by 2009, it was $59,700—an increase of 17 per cent over 33 years. These figures are in real dollars—which means converting the 1976 income figure into 2009 dollars by adjusting for inflation.
It then goes on to try to explain how that doesn't REALLY matter because ... er.... reasons. However as i said if you dig into the industrial averages and down to some pretty granular levels everybody's been doing better. Either a little better, or a lot better, but better.
So when you say people are worse off that's not accurate. BUT - for fun, lets say for a moment it was. Where are you showing that's a 'friedman' issue?
Aside from being a little untrue - it's utterly irrelevant to freidmans' work in the slightest.
Well that's not 'neo-liberal' -that's just liberal. They always spend now and worry about consequences later. THat's how we got into trouble in the early 80's and we're getting into the same trouble now. Liberals don't give a crap about what happens after the next election cycle.
But again.... that would have zero to do with anything Friedman would have said.
I'm afraid you failed even once to support your claim. First off you're in error that wages and wealth haven't increased for the middle class in 40 years. They did. Cherry picking a high just before a massive crash (which was caused by the high) is not a valid statistical tool.
But far more importantly NONE of ANYTHING you posted even began to TRY To explain how it tied into Freidman's works specifically. LIke - at all.
No offense but your examples are the kind that we occasionally see kicking around more 'socially' oriented left wing sites (usually just before demanding GBI) and they sound good but they don't stand up to deep scruitiny.
IN the last few years the challenges facing the middle class have gone up, there's no doubt. But it's got nothing to do with outsourcing jobs in the slightest, and it's got nothing to do with freidman.