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David Friedman visit postponed

November 7, 2022

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the keynote address scheduled for Nov. 9 by Dr. David Friedman — son of famed economist and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman — has been postponed.

Friedman is a leading proponent of anarcho-capitalism, the theory that the state is an unnecessary evil and that all services, including the law itself, can be provided by voluntary cooperation in the private economy.

Northwood is working with Dr. Friedman to reschedule his visit. Once a new date is established, additional communications will be issued.

Dr. Friedman is an academic economist with a doctorate in physics. He retired from 23 years of teaching at Santa Clara University School of Law. His first book, The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, was published in 1973 and includes a description of how a society with property rights and without government might function. There, as elsewhere, he offers a consequentialist defense of libertarianism.

His most recent non-fiction book is Legal Systems Very Different from Ours, covering systems from Periclean Athens through modern Amish and Romany. He is also the author of three novels, one commercially published and two self-published. He and his wife self-published a medieval and renaissance cookbook and a larger book related to their hobby of historical recreation.

Northwood University has strong ties to Milton and Rose Friedman, as Dr. Milton Friedman penned a forward in Northwood’s signature book publication, When We are Free. Northwood selected Free to Choose: A Personal Statement by Milton and Rose Friedman as its fall Omniquest selection. Omniquest is a university-wide program, where we select a stimulating and challenging book each semester. The book’s theme is then adopted for discussion and analysis during that semester within all academic programs. Dr. David Friedman’s upcoming visit is an Omniquest keynote address.

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