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The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

David D. Friedman

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This is the Third Edition of this classic 1971 work of libertarianism by David D. Friedman, anarcho-capitalist, significantly revised and updated from 1989's Second Edition. It engagingly describes and celebrates a society based on individual private property rights and the right to consent to cooperative ventures free of coercion. From these basic principles it follows that that government is best which governs least. This book shows why and precisely how to privatize the State; how private property is the most basic of human rights and trade of one type or another the basis of all human cooperation; distinguishes anarchy from chaos; provides the clearest, simplest, and best brief on law and economics ever written; and sets out the deeply moral basis of libertarianism—claims to the contrary by those who mistake libertarianism for the creed of Dr. Pangloss or extreme Benthamism notwithstanding. Hailed by Nobel Prize winning economists and bestselling novelists alike (James M. Buchanan, Jerry Pournelle), The Machinery of Freedom is an essential read.

On the superiority of capitalism provided services to State provided services:
"In spite of popular myths about capitalism oppressing the poor, the poor are worse off in those things provided by government...There are more good cars in the ghetto than good schools."

On the agency problem of economics:
"Special interest politics is a simple game. A hundred people sit in a circle, each with his pocket full of pennies. A politician walks around the outside of the circle, taking a penny from each person. No one minds; who cares about a penny? When he as gotten all the way around the circle, the politician throws fifty cents down in front of one person, who is overjoyed at the windfall. The process is repeated, ending with a different person. After a hundred rounds, everyone is a hundred cents poorer, fifty cents richer, and happy."

On making money the old fashioned way, earning it:
"Greedy capitalists get money by trade. Good liberals steal it."

On failures of accountability of complex systems:
"A utopia that will work only if populated by saints is a perilous vision; there are not enough saints. Such a vision...we have followed; it has led us to where we now are."

On higher ed:
"It is time to begin the subversion of the American system of higher schooling, with the objective not destruction, but renaissance."

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

David Friedman is a professor of law at Santa Clara University. He is an economist, legal scholar, physicist, political theorist, science fiction writer, and member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.


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  • Verlag: Chu Hartley LLC; Auflage: Third Edition (8. Juli 2014)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Practical Case for Freedom 14. Juli 2014
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This is the brand new 3rd edition of David Friedman's classic work arguing for libertarianism on a "practical" basis. Contrary to Amazon's blurb here [I see that Amazon has now corrected and changed its blurb] which states that the book "sets out the deeply moral basis of libertarianism", this book is emphatically NOT about the "moral" case for libertarianism, but rather it's about the practical case for libertarianism based on what the author argues are the likely empirical consequences of an anarcho-capitalist society. The argument is that anarcho-capitalism is more likely to lead to prosperity, peace, freedom, and more likely to maximize the general well-being than statism, or societies with governments. What specifically distinguishes this book from other books arguing for libertarianism is that the author's case is made on the basis that the likely consequences of anarcho-capitalism, e.g., prosperity, peace, freedom, and an enhanced general well-being, are consequences which nearly everyone already embraces, and anarcho-capitalism is a more practical approach to achieving these agreed upon goals than statism is.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Caution: this book may change your life! 3. September 2014
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Back in the day, decades ago, the first edition of this book elicited the understanding that I was, and had always been, a libertarian. Back then, far more than today, it was clearer that democrats were generally in favour of social freedoms and economic restrictions, while republicans were (again, generally) in favour of economic freedoms and social restrictions. Yet, I wanted both social and economic freedom. Imagine that!

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.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great read. High recommend 25. Januar 2015
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David Friedman is a great thinker and an amazing writer. He gives great practical arguments in this book, and it's a lovely read -- especially on the kindle. Although I wish he elaborated more on some of his topics, it's still a very logically thought out book. I highly recommend this book to readers who are just learning about anarcho capitalism and readers who are well educated on the subject. A great book overall.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best case for freedom that I know 7. Juli 2015
Von Stephen Kirschner - Veröffentlicht auf
This book completely changed the way I view politics and economics. Never, have I seen a clearer case for anarcho capitalism presented.

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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I've previously read the 2nd edition of Machinery, and ... 14. September 2015
Von David John - Veröffentlicht auf
I've previously read the 2nd edition of Machinery, and the third edition proves to be a worthwhile update to this seminal work in libertarian philosophy.
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