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Published on Nov 6, 2012
Dr. David Friedman explains how criminal law could be replaced in a free society at the 2012 Students For Liberty Northern California Regional Conference. Produced by Terra Strong.
David Friedman is an economist, physicist, legal scholar, and libertarian theorist. He is known for his writings in market anarchist theory, which is the subject of his most popular book, The Machinery of Freedom (1969, revised 1989). He has authored several other books and articles, including Price Theory: An Intermediate Text (1986), Law's Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters (2000), Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life (1996), and Future Imperfect (2008).
David Friedman is the son of economists Rose and Milton Friedman. His son, Patri Friedman, has also written about libertarian theory and market anarchism, particularly seasteading. David Friedman holds an A.B. in chemistry and physics from Harvard University (1965) and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago (1971), though he is most known for work in other fields. He is currently a professor of law at Santa Clara University, and a contributing editor for Liberty magazine.