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David Friedman
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Two Maps I Would Like to See
Suppose you are planning to move–across town or across the country. One consideration in deciding exactly where to move to is the price of housing. With a little effort, you can probably find average house prices in different cities you are thinking of movi...
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Those sound like very useful tools.
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A Story Idea
Someone comes up with a drug, or a technology, that gives the user perfect recall, the ability to rerun, in full detail, any part of his life. How would it get used? One possibility is for self-education. Observing selected past experiences with a fifty yea...
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You weren't "born too early". You can remember a time when it was a requirement to be, if only for a short while, completely out of communication with others; when the locations you visited and your movement between them were NOT tracked and recorded; when the recording and preservation of an individual's daily missives was more uncommon; when a photograph taken may easily turn out to be just a white or black piece of photo paper and you wouldn't know perhaps for weeks that a special moment in time would be entirely lost; Because you were born and lived at this time you notice these changes as they happen around you, so I would say you were born at just the right time.
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Observations on London
I recently spent a few days in London, and was struck by several features of current London culture: 1. Several times, younger passengers on the Tube (subway) offered me their seats. I have grey hair but do not appear (and am not) particularly feeble. I wou...
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Brexit and Free Trade
Much of the discussion of the recent British vote to leave the European Union takes it for granted that the result will be less free trade for the U.K. While that is possible, so is the opposite result. Britain can still negotiate a free trade agreement wit...
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+José Ignacio Mora​​​ money is theft, taxation, legislation(s), & inflation are all devaluing the money the wealthy hand the serfs for everything they produce! (Money printers take it all FOR FREE, set, score, & match!)
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The Origin of the Law of Torture: A Cautionary Tale
[This is a passage I just wrote for a chapter of my current book project, Legal Systems Very Different from Ours . I thought my blog readers might find it of interest.] People in the past
worried about convicting the innocent too. In the early Middle Ages, ...
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Anyone Want a Talk Near London?
I am currently scheduled to give a talk for the Institute of Economic Affairs on July 2nd and tentatively giving another talk the day before. My plan is to fly to London on the 28th or 29th, fly home on the  third or fourth, although I could stay another da...
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Most People are Nice: A True Story
We are currently visiting with my wife’s mother in
Cleveland. Yesterday my daughter went for a walk and got mugged near Case
Western Reserve University. She was not hurt but lost her purse and contents, iPhone and
iPad. She reported the incident to the poli...
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It is ALWAYS just a few that give the majority a bad reputation.
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Donald Trump and The Boy Who Cried Wolf
In 1964, Fact magazine published an article whose headline was "1,189 Psychiatrists Say Goldwater Is Psychologically Unfit To Be President." It included a variety of detailed and unflattering diagnoses of the Republican candidate for president by psychiatri...
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Scotland and the EU
One result of the British vote to leave the EU has been a revival of calls for Scotland to leave the U.K. Doing so is considerably more attractive if combined with EU membership. That raises the question of whether, if Brexit were followed by Scottish seces...
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America's Annual Celebration of Lawlessness
Where we live, private fireworks are illegal. Walking around the neighborhood for an hour or so after dark, I must have seen several hundred rockets go up as well as a lot of ground level displays. Lots of people out watching. It's enough to warm an anarchi...
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Here in Brooklyn selling fireworks has historically been a surprisingly lucrative mob business.
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Thoughts on the Election
It seems almost certain that the two major party candidates will be Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, not an inspiring vision. Of the possible bad outcomes, which is least bad? The answer, I think, is for Hilary Clinton to be elected president with a Republ...
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Welcome to the stoneage +Ken Barber​
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Question for any Historians Reading This
I am currently working on the sequel to Salamander , my second novel, and would like some relevant historical information. The novel is a fantasy, the world it is set in has technology somewhere between our fourteenth and 18th century (no firearms) plus wea...
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Undine?
Sylph?
Gnome?

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Education
  • Harvard University
    Chemistry and Physics, 1961 - 1965
  • University of Chicago
    Physics, PhD, 1965 - 1971
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I am an academic economist who teaches in a law school and has never taken a course for credit in either field.
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I'm an academic economist, teach in a law school, have never taken a course for credit in either field.

Interests include poetry, medieval cooking, science fiction and fantasy, computers, and much else.

I also write books.

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Helped rear two of the world's most wonderful children. Both home unschooled.
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I am an economist who teaches at a law school. I also write books, maintain a blog and web site, argue with people online, cook from very old recipes, do a certain amount of medieval/renaissance woodwork and jewelry, tell medieval stories around a campfire, ... .
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  • Santa Clara University
    Professor of Law, present
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