David D. Friedman
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David Director Friedman is an anarcho-capitalist writer, the author of a seminal book on the subject, The Machinery of Freedom. Friedman is the son of Milton Friedman, the famous granddaddy of Reaganomics.
“”There could be competition among different brands of law, just as there is competition among different brands of cars.
|—The Machinery of Freedom, chapter 29|
Friedman is much more radical than many anarcho-capitalists, such as Murray Rothbard. Both he and the Rothbardians believe that all functions of government should be privatized and replaced by competing companies, such as private security firms, toll road operators, and arbitration courts. However, while the Rothbardians believe that all the competing companies should enforce a single body of law that has been reached by consensus, somewhat like how things were done in the medieval Icelandic Commonwealth, Friedman believes that the legislative process should also be privatized, and there would be no rules at all except cuius regio, eius religio, or its equivalent with secular law:
- ↑ "Director" is his mother's maiden name, but given his politics, he could just as easily have adopted it as a political statement, after the tradition of the whacko assassin, Byron (Low Tax) Looper.
- ↑ There is: they're called "countries" and you can find over 200 unique ones. Suck on that, Friedman!
- ↑ Latin: "Whose region, his religion."