We Need More People Like David Friedman

I generally hate people who proclaim to love humanity, and I generally love people who say they love people.

I listened to a speech by David Friedman years ago that was a good speech. However, he did one of the most endearing things I could imagine at the end of his speech. He asked for a ride home. He said something to the effect of, “I am heading back to X community, if anyone is going in that direction, I’d love a ride home. I can take the train, but I would much prefer the conversation of someone going in the same direction.”

This is a man who is a prominent libertarian figure asking a ride from anyone going in that direction. This guy loves people. After I heard this, I fell in love with David Friedman (of course, it doesn’t hurt that he is a libertarian anarchist who unschooled his kids).

So many people who proclaim to love humanity hate people. They love their romanticized ideal of what humanity is. However, they have disdain for regular people. I hate people like that. We need more people like David Friedman.

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Aaron White, married to a swell girl, is a business owner and unschooling father of two, going on three. His hobbies are music and poker. He resides in Southern California.

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Being someone who believes in free enterprise I would give him a ride as long as he was willing to pay for it.

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Sounds like he’s offering conversation, which I would gladly accept from the likes of David Friedman! ^_^

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That may be something you value but it is not something one can trade for goods and services with others unless one audio records or video records the conversation and finds others who are willing to purchase the recording. Personally I would be willing to pay for a ride. I don’t expect someone to give me a free ride or accept conversation as payment. I think that it is rather arrogant to think that your conversation is so valuable that someone would give you a ride just to talk to you. I would think that someone who supports capitalism would… Read more »

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“if you’re already going in that direction” “all i can offer is conversation”… he setting expectations and being open to mutual benefit. I see nothing wrong with this. he was willing to pay for a ride (train), but thought to try this instead. if we don’t ask, we don’t know. he was speaking to, presumably, people who like him, so i dont consider it arrogant.

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If he is willing to pay for a train ride then he should be willing to pay for a ride by car. Perhaps he is but I don’t know if that is the case. If someone wants to give him or someone else a ride free or for money that is their choice. As for me if I wanted a ride I would be willing to pay the driver some money. I would not expect someone to give me a free ride just to have me along to talk to. This would be true even if I were a well… Read more »

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I didn’t read entitlement at all, nor do I think it was there. I think he prefers the company of those he could engage in a quality conversation with, which he’s unlikely to find on the train.