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The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism [Paperback]

David Friedman
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Open Court; 3 edition (11 Nov 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812698606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812698602
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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A stunning account of why governments are restricting our freedom and a wonderful description of how things might work if they just let us get on with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Practical Case for Freedom 14 July 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 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 out of 5 stars Caution: this book may change your life! 3 Sep 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.

4.0 out of 5 stars An-Cap Intro 12 Sep 2014
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An excellent introduction to an anaracho-capitalist view of political economy
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent condition. 19 Sep 2014
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Fast delivery, excellent condition.
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