Edition of The Machinery of Freedom is Now
Available as paperback, kindle and audiobook
The Third Edition of my Price Theory: An Intermediate Text. is available in print and kindle
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
This page has links to my work in a variety of areas, published and unpublished. It is still under construction — and always will be.
of Salamander, my second novel, is
I am hosting a virtual version every Saturday of the meetups I used to hold in my house for SSC readers.
I now have audiobooks, recorded by me, available from Amazon: The Machinery of Freedom, Hidden Order, Future Imperfect, Law's Order, Legal Systems Very Different from Ours and Harald (my first novel).
My Webbed Talks and Interviews
Recordings of Courses
Products I Would Like to See
The Option: A Story
Places I Cannot Go: A Poem
My Response to a Non-Libertarian faq
Living Paper: An Open Source Project to produce computer programs that teach economic ideas.
Evidence of a successful breeding program
Report from a Sample Size of One: Some Medical Observations
A Virtual Bardic Circle with some of my storytelling
I am working on transforming fifteen years of blogs
into one or more books. The current
draft, the first few sections of one book, is webbed for
Another recent project is a collection of short works of literature that contain economic ideas. The draft is up for comments as a web page.
My first novel, published by Baen, is historical fiction 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. There is also an audiobook available from Audible.com. Baen has a webbed interview with me.
My second novel, Salamander, this time a fantasy with
magic, and its sequel, Brothers, are up
on Amazon as both print and kindle, and Salamander is
available as an
audiobook. (The map of the
college where parts of both books are set.)
Legal Systems Very Different from Ours , written by me but with one chapter each contributed by Peter Leeson and David Skarbek, discusses thirteen different legal systems, ranging from Imperial China and Periclean Athens to modern Amish and Romani. It is available in print, as a kindle, and as an audiobook. A late draft is webbed, including the footnotes omitted from the audio.
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. You can read both for free. It is available on
Amazon as print, kindle, and audiobook.
Someone has webbed a Ukrainian
translation of the introduction.
Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life, is available on Amazon as print, kindle, and audiobook, read by me, and there are also German and Japanese translations. The audiobook is accompanied by a pdf showing figures, which don't work in an audiobook, and equations, which are hard to follow. There is a webbed video of my appearance on Book Notes discussing the book.
Imperfect: Technology and Freedom in an Uncertain World,
has a late
draft webbed that you can read for free. It is available
in print, kindle and audiobook.
All of one earlier book of mine, Price Theory: An
Intermediate Text, is also available on the web,
including the two chapters of the first edition that were left
out of the second edition. An improved
version is available on Amazon both in print and as a
The third edition of my first book, The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, is now webbed as a pdf. It is available on Amazon in print, kindle, and as an audiobook. The Russian translation of the third edition is available in print, as an ebook, kindle, or Free pdf.
(some of my months are very long)
“He ... gave me a memorandum prepared for him on that subject by a certain John von Neumann. I had never before heard of this von Neumann fellow, but the memorandum was obviously pretty smart for a man who apparently knew little about statistics”(W. Allen Wallis from his history of the statistical research group in WWII)
Ideas for research projects in economics that other people might like to do.
Market for Students
The future of stateless societies
Market failure and arguments for and against government
Feud as Law Enforcement, Ancient and Modern or Why is There a Patent Troll Problem and How Can it be Solved?
Why We are Getting Smarter: A Conjectural Explanation
A conjectural explanation for concealed ovulation in humans.
I am recently retired from teaching at Santa Clara University in the
Law School. My final
semester I taught Economic
Analysis of Law, and a seminar on Legal
Systems Very Different From Ours. The web pages for both
courses have links to video recordings of the classes and
other relevant material. The pages for older courses, Legal
Issues of the Twenty-first century, Intellectual
Property Theory, and Analytic
Methods for Lawyers, have audio recordings of the
classes and related material.
Spring quarter of 2020 I taught an adult education class at SCU on my Legal Systems book.
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 an improvement.
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