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    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).

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    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


    David Friedman - The Advocates
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    David Friedman - The Advocates
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    "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. After stints teaching at the University of Chicago Law School, Cornell Law School and UCLA Department of Economics, among other places, he currently teaches law and economics at Santa Clara Unviersity in California."


    Anarchy is not Chaos, The Machinery of Freedom

    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
    Related Topic: Prices
    The Machinery of Freedom: A Guide to Radical Capitalism, 1973
    Related Topic: Anarcho-Capitalism


    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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