David Friedman is an academic economist with a doctorate in physics who has spent the
past twenty-two years teaching in a law school. His first book, The Machinery of
Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, was published in 1973 and includes a
description of how a society with property rights and without government might function.
There as elsewhere, he offers a consequentialist defense of libertarianism.
His most recent non-fiction book, Future Imperfect: Technology and Freedom in an
Uncertain World, examines the implications of a variety of technological revolutions
that might happen over the next few decades. His current book project, not yet published,
is Legal Systems Very Different from Ours, covering systems from Periclean Athens
through modern Amish and Romany. He is also the author of two novels, one
commercially published and one self-published, and, with his wife, a self-published
medieval and renaissance cookbook and a larger self-published book related to their
hobby of historical recreation.
Much of his published work, including journal articles, essays, drafts of forthcoming
work and the full text of several books, can be read on his web page:
www.daviddfriedman.com. He comments on a wide range of issues on his blog, Ideas, at