The Third Edition of The Machinery of Freedom is Now Available as a Kindle
So is the Third Edition of my Price Theory: An Intermediate Text

The second edition is still available for free as both a pdf and
a MobiPocket e-book file.

My second novel, Salamander, is also available as a kindle file on Amazon

My first novel, Harald, is available as free podcasts read by me

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A Virtual Bardic 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This page has links to my work in a variety of areas, published and unpublished.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 be.

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In general, the war on terror has been a great opportunity to watch the party of small government and the party of civil liberties close ranks and make sure the state can spy on everyone all the time.

(Comment on Slate Star Codex)

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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.
Work in Progress: My Recent Drafts  (Not so recent now)
Evidence of a successful breeding program
Report from a Sample Size of One: Some Medical Observations

I have now finished my book on legal systems very different from ours, with one chapter each contributed by Peter Leeson and David Skarbek, and published it on Amazon as both a paperback and a kindle. Interestingly enough, the kindle is selling more than twice as many copies as the paperback. There is also a podcast of the book being produced with my permission.

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  Baen also has a webbed interview with me about the book.

My second novel, Salamander, this time a fantasy with magic is up on Amazon as both print and Kindle file. The map of the college.

Its sequel, Brothers, is now also up in both print and kindle.

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 have now webbed the online version of my Future Imperfect; comments welcome. 

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 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. And it is now also up as an audiobook, read by me, on and available from Amazon. It is accompanied by a pdf showing figures, which don't work in an audiobook, and equations, which are hard to follow.

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 Theory: An Intermediate Text, is available on the web, including the two chapters of the first edition that were left out of the second edition. And I have now combined the two editions into a kindle, available on Amazon.

All of my first book, The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism (2nd edn) is now webbed, both as a pdf and as a MobiPocket e-book file.
The first three parts are webbed as audio recordings.

Drafts of an articles on The Market for Students and the future of stateless societies; some years ago I delivered a paper dealing with market failure and arguments for and against government at the Mont Pelerin Meeting in Reykjavik.

I have just  (4/9/13) webbed a new paper: 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.

Ideas for research projects in economics that other people might like to do.

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 am teaching 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.

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