- Paperback: 378 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3rd edition (February 28, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1507785607
- ISBN-13: 978-1507785607
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism Paperback – February 28, 2015
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About the Author
David Friedman has a PhD in physics but has spent most of his career as an academic economist. He has taught at VPI, UCLA, Tulane, Chicago, and Stanford. His current position is as a law professor at Santa Clara University, specializing in the economic analysis of law. In addition to economics and libertarianism, his interests include historical recreation from the middle ages, science fiction and fantasy, and poetry. He is a long term member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, author of two novels, and coauthor with his wife of a medieval and renaissance cookbook. He lives in San Jose, California with his wife and two adult children. A third child and two grandchildren are in convenient visiting range. He spends too much time arguing with people online.
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Top Customer Reviews
David's book gave me a name for the philosophical position that 'argued' for freedom and laid out for me how that might actually work in practice.
Of course, every libertarian should own this book! But, just as importantly, everyone who has felt the least -- constrained -- by the republican or democratic political position of the moment may find it useful to understand why. If you sometimes feel that you are voting for the lesser of two evils, you too may be a libertarian.
I went from being a moderate progressive, to middle of the road, to a conservative, to a libertarian, to an anarchist.
For awhile, I was struggling to choose between minarchism (Very limited government, just "night watchmen" like police, firefighters, military) and voluntarism (or anarchism, which doesn't mean chaos, but rather a stateless society, with all off government's roles performed by voluntary institutions)
I had a lot of questions about how this sort of society would work, but David Friedman answered nearly all of them. Murray Rothbard helped fill in a few gaps as well.
If I were a teacher, this book would be required reading.
 Friedman writes at length about how non-Libertarians use the phrase "Human rights vs. property rights". He seems to think that people are using the phrase to imply that property has rights, and he argues against *that* interpretation. He's either being disingenuous, using a strawman or he's embarrassingly mistaken.
 Friedman's discussion of privatization of the public radio spectrum is so wrong as to be sad. The book was written in 1971 before most of the problematic media mergers took place. He makes a case that its safe to to allow privatization of public airwaves as the owners will still have to make money and choose content based on demand. He seems oblivious to the problem that the owner of the medium can control the message.
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What's wrong with me that I never reviewed this. Sorry David, I do recommend all the time when I'm online. It's a good book.Read more