David Friedman is a prominent intellectual whose critical writings on economics, law, and the state have contributed to the advancement of libertarian ideas.
David D. Friedman
David D. Friedman, son of Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, is a leading proponent of anarcho-capitalism, the theory that the state is an unnecessary evil and that all services, including the law itself, can be provided by voluntary cooperation in the private economy.
While Friedman holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago, he is chiefly known for his scholarly contributions to economics and law. He is the author of five books of non-fiction as well as the novels Harald and Salamander. In The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, Friedman argued that an economic analysis of impact of state action points to an anarchist conclusion. In Law’s Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters, he shows how directing the law to seek economic efficiency can lead to the achievement of justice.
Friedman stands in contrast to many other anarchists because of his “consequentialist” approach. Rather than argue that humans have inviolable natural rights which it is always wrong to violate, he uses cost-benefit analysis to assert that a world without government is measurably better than one ruled by states.
The most minimal proposed form of state organization, anarchism is the philosophy of the absence of government, and thus government interference in society.
Friedman discusses has book,The Machinery of Freedom, and offers some additional insights he has had since its publication.
David Friedman lists problems he believes he has found with moral-rights based justifications for libertarianism.
Friedman examines the differences between civil and criminal systems of law. He imagines what the U.S. legal system would look like if criminal law were dissolved.
Friedman critiques Matt Zwolinski’s essay on the complicated nature of private property.
Friedman furthers his argument on private property, drawing a moral distinction between uncreated and created property.
Friedman continues his debate with Matt Zwolinski over property rights.
Can we argue for a guaranteed basic income within libertarian principles? Matt Zwolinski offered a case. But David Friedman says his arguments don’t work.
Kuznicki outlines the four basic distributions of material goods that a society could desire
George H. Smith and David D. Friedman have a debate over whether natural rights or rule utilitarianism forms a better basis for libertarian ideas.
David Friedman, David Boaz, and Scott Olmsted tackle a minefield of issues relating to ethics and strategy of the Libertarian Party.
Athens had many procedural safeguards against undesirable behavior.