The Machinery of
Freedom is now webbed
So are the drafts
of the new chapters for the third
My second novel, Salamander,
is now available as a kindle
file on Amazon
Circle with some of my storytelling
David D. Friedman's Home Page
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.
Now you know why I included my middle initial.
This page has links to my work in a variety of areas, published
and unpublished. It is still under construction--and always will
My Four Worlds
of the Month
Mostly, the NSA has spent $250,000,000 per year on a program of
sabotage, through which they have inveigled proprietary hardware
and software companies, as well as standards bodies, into
deliberately introducing back-doors into their technology. This
is much more frightening than the idea that the NSA has made
profound mathematical breakthroughs -- such breakthroughs might
stay within the NSA's walls for years or decades. But a program
of systematic sabotage against common crypto tools means that
anyone of sufficient skill and attentiveness is likely to
discover and exploit those same back-doors -- that means that
organized crime, totalitarian states, and other entities even
less savory than the NSA should now be assumed to have full
access to the financial system, government databases, and other
(Cory Doctorow post
on boing boing. I particularly liked "even less savory than
My Courses (Current and
My Webbed Talks
Products I Would Like to
Places I Cannot
Go: A Poem
Living Paper: An Open Source Project to produce computer programs
that teach economic ideas.
Work in Progress: My Recent Drafts
(Not so recent now)
My first novel,
published by Baen, is historical
set in an invented historical background (or, if you prefer,
fantasy without magic). It has a web
page showing the lovely map created for me by Chris
Porter. The book
is available as an eBook
and in hardcopy,
and I have webbed podcasts of the entire book, read by me. Baen
also has a webbed interview
with me about the book.
My second novel,
this time a fantasy with magic is up on Amazon as a Kindle file.
currently working on a book on legal systems very different from
ours; the draft
is up for comments.
I have now webbed the online version of my most recent
book, Future Imperfect;
My book Law's Order: What Economics Has to
Do with Law and Why It Matters, published by Princeton
University Press, is accompanied by a book web page which contains images of the entire book along with
an extensive system of links--think of them as virtual
footnotes--to additional material. An earlier
draft is also webbed, in a somewhat
more readable form, but without the links.
An earlier book was Hidden Order: The
Economics of Everyday Life, published by
Harper-Collins. Click to see the Table of Contents and a sample chapter (on the
economics of crime). Copies are available from Laissez-Faire books and Amazon.com as well as
many local bookstores. There is even a webbed transcript of my
appearance on Book Notes discussing the book. German and
Japanese translations of the book are also in print.
Click here for the
online errata--errors corrected
as they come in, starting with Figure 3-1b.
All of one earlier
book of mine, Price
An Intermediate Text, is
available on the web, including the two chapters of the first
edition that were left out of the second edition.
All of my first
Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism (2nd edn) is now webbed, both as a pdf and as a
MobiPocket e-book file.
are Getting Smarter: A Conjectural
explanation for concealed ovulation
Ideas for research projects in economics that other people might like to do.
My wife says that
when someone points a camera at me I look as if was facing a
firing squad. I am not sure if this (from at talk I gave at
Texas Christian University entitled "In Defense of Anarchy") is
If you prefer color, this one was taken on a visit to Iceland some years back, and
this was taken, and
webbed, by Declan McCullagh.
In October of 1997, I had a televised debate on
encryption regulation with Ed Meese. The transcript is now webbed.
I can be reached at DDFr@DavidDFriedman.com
information on usage of this site.