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and unpublished.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
think my friend/family member is in the psychiatric hospital,
but nobody will tell me anything.
best bet is to call every psychiatric hospital that they could
plausibly be in and ask “Is [PERSON’S NAME] there?” Sometimes,
all except one of them will say “No”, and one of them will say
“Due to medical privacy laws, we can’t tell you”.
I know this sounds ridiculous, but it really works.
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. 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.
The map of
the college. My
most recent project is a collection of short works of literature
that contain economic ideas. The draft
is up for comments as a web page. I am 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.
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.