David Friedman Responds

David Friedman Responds

In this recent blog of mine, I linked to a Murray N. Rothbard critique of David Friedman. The latter has asked me to blog his response to the former (of which I was unaware, previously). I’m a big believer in hearing both or all sides of any and all issues.  I’m a big fan of John Stuart Mill’s “On Liberty” in this regard. I think it is only fair, and appropriate, that the readers of this blog be able to peruse David’s rejoinder.

Here is my exchange with David on this matter:

From: David Friedman

Sent: Sunday, June 14, 2020 10:48 PM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: My response to Murray’s essay on me

“but this is what Murray has written about him:”

This is from something from the Lew Rockwell Institute that seems connected to you. I didn’t see any place for comments, but it might be worth pointing people at my response to that essay. I’m not sure if you have a way of doing so, or whom else I should suggest it to. Here it is: http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2011/06/murray-rothbard-on-me-and-vice-versa.html

David Friedman



Dear David:

Will do. It’s only fair.

You may be interested in this:

Block, Walter E. and Milton Friedman. 2006. “Fanatical, Not Reasonable: A Short Correspondence Between Walter Block and Milton Friedman (on Friedrich Hayek’s Road to Serfdom).” Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3, Summer, pp. 61-80; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/20_3/20_3_4.pdfhttps://mises.org/system/tdf/20_3_4.pdf?file=1&type=document

I think you and Murray had a similar relationship to the one I had with your dad.

Best regards,



2:41 am on June 16, 2020