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Ideas (David Friedman)

"I am an academic economist who teaches at a law school and has never taken a course for credit in either field.”


November 21, 2018, 1:07 am, 1922964
The central facts of the current Catholic crisis appear clear. By the time Francis became Pope, it was well known in Vatican circles that Cardinal McCarrick had engaged in extensive homosexual activity with young adult seminarians. The previous Pope had, on that account, restricted McCarrick's activities in a ...


November 7, 2018, 9:47 pm, 1917856
My prediction of the election outcome was wrong—it turned out about as the polls predicted. On the other hand, I got my preferred outcome, with the House controlled by one party, the Senate by the other, making it less likely that Congress would do things.
The ...


November 6, 2018, 2:08 am, 1916595
I expect that the polls will turn out to be wrong—but I do not know in which direction. Politics has changed enough in the past two years so that rules for predicting outcomes based on past experience, such as those for identifying likely voters, can no longer be ...


November 6, 2018, 1:47 am, 1916591
It is the natural question to ask on the night before the election. The emotional answer is that I want the Republicans to do better than the polls predict. Humans naturally see the world as us vs them and while Trump doesn't fit very well in my picture ...


November 4, 2018, 4:38 pm, 1915987
I currently have plans to be on the east coast twice, to speak at the annual ISFL get together in D.C.on January 19th and at Saint Vincent college in LaTrobe, PA, on March 13th. I don't think either event is open to outside guests, although I don't actually ...


October 27, 2018, 5:07 pm, 1912607
Some years back, I put up a contest here for a cover for the third edition of The Machinery of Freedom, and ended up with what I think is the best cover I've ever had. I am now just about to self-publish another book, Legal Systems Very ...


October 15, 2018, 5:07 pm, 1907703
Early in her career, Elizabeth Warren listed herself in an online database used for law school recruitment as a minority law professor. At several later points in her career she was described by her university as a Native American law professor, presumably because she told them she was. ...


September 11, 2018, 11:06 pm, 1898588
One of the kitchen tools I often find useful is a probe thermometer. You put the probe in the loaf of bread (or cut of meat) in the oven, run the cable it is attached to out the oven door to the main part of the thermometer and ...


August 22, 2018, 3:06 pm, 1892686
I am mostly finished with Brothers, my third novel, a sequel to Salamander. My editor is worried that the beginning is too slow. One possible solution to that problem is a prolog, a brief passage at the beginning not part of the main plot. I have written two ...


July 14, 2018, 3:26 pm, 1875997
A correspondent from Turkey informs me that he can no longer access my web site. I have no trouble accessing it from the U.S., so my guess is that it has been deliberately blocked by the Turkish authorities.
No idea why. I can't ...