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This audiobook argues for a society organized by voluntary cooperation under institutions of private property and exchange, with little, ultimately no, government. It describes how the most fundamental functions of government might be replaced by private institutions, with services such as protecting individual rights and settling disputes provided by private firms in a competitive market. It goes on to use the tools of economic analysis to attempt to show how such institutions could be expected to work, what sort of legal rules they would generate, and under what circumstances they would or would not be stable. The approach is consequentialist.

The claim is that such a society would produce more attractive outcomes, judged by widely shared values, than alternatives, including the current institutions of the US and similar societies. The second edition contained four sections; this third edition adds two more. One explores in greater depth some of the ideas already raised, including discussions of decentralized law enforcement in past legal systems, of rights seen not as a moral or legal category but as a description of human behavior, of a possible threat to the stability of the system not considered in the previous editions, and of ways in which a stateless society might defend itself from aggressive states. The final section introduces a number of new topics, including unschooling, the misuse of externality arguments in contexts such as population or global warming, and the implications of public key encryption and related online technologies. 

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©1973, 1978, 1989, 2014 David Director Friedman (P)2019 David Director Friedman

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Wonderful and thought provoking

If you are interested in freedom and how it could work without a government this is the book for you!

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  • 05-08-19

In my top 3 favorite books

This book taught me to find spontaneous order in more places than I ever thought possible.

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"...others find them peculiar"

as the author writes "my political views seem natural and obvious to me. others find them peculiar"

i feel that brother

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Essential book

Essential book for those interested in libertarian theory and in (applied) economics in general. It is written in a way that very complex issues are easily understood and also properly treated. The audio version narrated by David Friedman is perfect for listening to it while walking or doing housework.

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  • 09-14-20

Interesting, but not practical

there was a lot of very interesting content in this book. in my opinon paths to change are not laid out in a manner that would work.The recording itself is one of the worst I've ever listened to. Every chapter sounds different and you can hear everything to doors closing to car horns.

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Excellent narration, thought provoking book

This is a fantastic book that really makes you think about some of the ideas popular within liberty circles. The author narrates it himself, which is great if you're used to his speaking.