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David D. Friedman

Forfatter af Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life

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David D. Friedman is Professor of Law at Santa Clara University, California. His first book, The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, was published in 1973, remains in print, and is considered a libertarian classic. His scientific interest in the future is also long-standing. vis mere Professor Friedman's Web page, www.davidfriedman.com, averages more than 3,000 visitors a day, and his blog, Ideas, at http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com, receives about 400 daily visits. vis mindre

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Blood and Iron (1984) — Bidragyder — 148 eksemplarer
Survival of Freedom (1981) — Bidragyder — 54 eksemplarer

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Book is intended to be a friendly, easy intro to economics. It made a real attempt to be easy, and there was a sense of humor, but it was too hard for me to follow without putting in a lot more work than I was prepared to give. Read about 50 pages and it was clear it wasn’t gonna get any easier.

I’ve read a couple other of his books, and enjoyed them.
steve02476 | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2023 |
Very interesting subject matter, but the book is very rough around the edges - needed better editing I think.
steve02476 | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jan 3, 2023 |
An amazing book about a variety of legal systems from different places and times, and analysis by a brilliant professor of how they deal with certain universal challenges. Especially interesting when he proposes using some of these elements to solve problems in our current legal system - crimes committed by the government, malicious prosecution, certain crimes and torts which are expensive to prosecute, and patent trolls.

One area he didn’t touch much is the ability to use technology to make some of these ideas real — transferable torts would work great with cryptocurrency, and while he mentioned conventional video surveillance (via David Brin) he didn’t mention how structured agreements could include instrumentation and metrics to either self enforce or make judicial enforcement easier.… (mere)
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octal | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jan 1, 2021 |
Builds on (morally and empirically) insane premises, but demonstrates some useful analytical tools. Friedman himself notes that it is intended as a 'how to think' rather than a 'what to think' book, and with some reservations I recommend it as such.

Law's Order is unapologetically written from the perspective of a near-strawman economist: hard-nosed, committed to logical rigour above all else, willing to shave off the awkward complications of reality in order to make it theoretically tractable, and (arguably) smuggling in some rather extreme moral foundations under the guise of sceptical neutrality. I think you have to be careful with this sort of thing, because even when you know and acknowledge that your conclusions are based on dubious premises and simplified models, it's easy to imbue them with more normative force than they deserve. I feel like Friedman falls into this trap himself: although he acknowledges that wealth maximisation != happiness maximisation, that real people are not actually perfectly rational and fully informed, that there are always relevant facts missing from any simple model, and so on, he sure does seem wedded to the pursuit of (a somewhat naive concepion of) economic efficiency, and to individual freedom (of the right-wing libertarian variety) as a kind of panacea.

My other criticism is that, although it is written in a fairly accessible style, it can be a bit of a slog -- sometimes because the pace or style of the explanation is (for me) a bit off, sometimes just because it's fairly dry stuff. It took me a long time to get through, and I often had to push myself to go back to it.

Still, Friedman is clearly a very smart guy who, despite his ideological biases, cares about the rigorous pursuit and honest communication of truth. So long as you take his caveats literally, and remember to actively apply them throughout, I think this is a really useful and interesting book.
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