Apparently, it’s all about belief…
“A large part of Friedman’s conclusions about the possibilities of economic policy is based on his liberal belief in the positive, built-in properties of a functioning market economy.” (“The Prize in Economics 1976 – Presentation Speech“, 1976)
About Friedman’s beliefs and the molding of neoliberal ideas read:
— Peck, James. 2010. Constructions of Neoliberal Reason. Oxford University Press.
— Stedman Jones, Daniel. 2013. Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics. Princeton University Press.
— Mirowski, Philip and Dieter Plehwe. 2015. The Road from Mont Pèlerin: The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective. With a New Preface. Harvard University Press.
— Slobodian, Quinn. 2018. Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism. Harvard University Press