David Friedman (daviddfriedman.com
), economist and author, joins Erik on this episode. He is the son of Milton Friedman and the father of former guest, Patri Friedman.
They cover a lot of ground in this episode, including:
- The rationale for privatizing government and the failures of the existing system.
- What it would look like to have a fully privatized government, including how a private substitute for police and defense would work.
- Why he is not a utilitarian and the framework he uses to figure out what is right and wrong.
- How he would approach collective-action problems like global warming and nuclear proliferation.
- His perspective on inequality and his explanation for why people look to relative measures of affluence rather than absolute measures.
- How you would deal with punishment and criminals in a market-based society.
- And much more, including Glen Weyl’s Radical Markets, Tyler Cowen’s Stubborn Attachments, fake news, ISAs and restorative justice.
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