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  • David D. Friedman

    David Director Friedman (born 12 February 1945) is an American economist, physicist, legal scholar and libertarian theorist. He is known for his textbook writings on microeconomics and the libertarian theory of anarcho-capitalism, which is the subject of his most popular book, The Machinery of Freedom. Besides The Machinery of Freedom, he has authored several other books and articles, including Price Theory: An Intermediate Text (1986), Law's Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters (2000), Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life (1996), and Future Imperfect (2008).

    Home Page

    David D. Friedman's Home Page
    Includes information about his family, academic work, writings (libertarian, professional and novels) and his interests (recreational medievalism, in particular)
    "This is the home page of David Friedman. Not the Hawaiian artist David Friedman, or the composer David Friedman, or the fix-what's-wrong-with- government David Friedman (050) or the fifteen year old David Friedman or the eighteen year old David Friedman or the legendary film pornographer David Friedman or even the economic journalist David Friedman but the anarchist-anachronist-economist David Friedman. ... My first novel, published by Baen, is historical fiction set in an invented historical background (or, if you prefer, fantasy without magic). "

    Reference

    Friedman, David (1945-), by Bryan Caplan, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
    Biographical essay
    "David Friedman, like his late father Milton Friedman, is both an academic economist and a popular intellectual with an unabashed libertarian orientation. However, there are important differences between the views embraced by the two men. Academically, David Friedman is best known for his largely theoretical work in the economic analysis of law and his textbook-level writings on microeconomics. Politically, he is an advocate of the radical libertarian position known as 'anarcho-capitalism,' arguing that even the limited functions of the night-watchman state (police, courts, law, and punishment) can and should be privately supplied."
    Related Topic: Anarcho-Capitalism

    Images

    David Friedman - The Advocates
    200x262 JPEG, color

    Born

    12 Feb 1945, David Director Friedman, in New York City

    Biography

    Laissez Faire Books
    "David Friedman (b. 1945) is the leading advocate of life without any government interference. He's an amiable man, a formidable debater and a writer who's a pleasure to read. He earned his B.A. at Harvard University, his M.S. and Ph.D. (both in physics) at the University of Chicago. ... he currently teaches law and economics at Santa Clara Unviersity in California. He is best-known for The Machinery of Freedom: A Guide to Radical Capitalism, originally published as a Harper & Row mass market paperback in 1971 ... It's a charming yet rigorous classic on liberty which keeps coming back."

    Web Pages

    The Advocates for Self-Government - David Friedman
    Includes picture and biography from Laissez Faire Books
    "Friedman's other books include Price Theory: An Intermediate Text (1993), Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life (1996), Law's Order (2000), and his latest book Harald (2006). He has contributed chapters to 15 books including The New Palgrave: A Dictionary of Economic Theory and Doctrine (1987) and The Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics (1993). His articles have appeared in American Economic Review, Bell Journal, History of Political Economy, International Review of Law and Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, The Journal of Law and Economics, ... and Liberty, among other publications."

    Writings

    Anarchy is not Chaos, The Machinery of Freedom
    Poem that introduces part III
    "Government produces all order.
    Under anarchy there is no government.
    Therefore anarchy is chaos.
    Q.E.D. ...

    My life is chaos turned miraculous;
    I speak a word and people understand
    Although it must be gibberish since words
    Are not produced by governmental plan.

    Now law and order, on the other hand
    The state provides us for the public good;
    That's why there's instant justice on demand
    And safety in every neighborhood."

    Books Authored

    Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life, 1996
    Partial contents: Economics for Pleasure and Profit - Price=Value=Cost: Solving a Simple Economy - In Search of the Real World - Standing in for Moral Philosophy: The Economist as Judge - Applications: Conventional and Un
    Related Topic: Economics
    Law's Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters, 2000
    Partial contents: What Does Economics Have to Do with Law? - Efficiency and All That - What's Wrong with the World - Defining and Enforcing Rights - Of Burning Houses and Exploding Coke Bottles - The Economics of Contract - Marriage, Sex, and Babies
    Related Topics: Economics, Law
    Price Theory: An Intermediate Text, 1986
    Partial contents: I: Economics for Pleasure and Profit - II: Price = Value = Cost: Competitive Equilibrium in a Simple Economy - III: Complications, or Onward to Reality - IV: Judging Outcomes - V: Applications - Conventional and Un
    Related Topic: Prices
    The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, 1973
    Partial contents: I: In Defense of Property - II: Libertarian Grab Bag or How to Sell the State in Small Pieces - III: Anarchy is not Chaos - Socialism, Limited Government, Anarchy, and Bikinis - IV: For Libertarians—An Expanded Postscript
    Related Topic: Anarcho-Capitalism

    Videos


    Exploring Liberty: The Machinery of Freedom, 6 Mar 2012
    Prof. Friedman discusses the premises of The Machinery of Freedom

    The Machinery Of Freedom: Illustrated summary, by David D. Friedman, Tomasz Kaye (illustrator), 4 Apr 2012
    Excellent animated illustration of talk given by David Friedman (shortened)

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