Nothing like a little doggerel to fill the space between Christmas and New Year’s. Thanks to Lynne Kiesling for the inspiration and Sarah Skwire for her poet’s expert eye.
Author’s disclaimer: I do not exempt myself from what follows.
The Rhyme of the Libertarian Binaries
Come gather at the fire we burn
To build a light so we can learn
About the troubles of a tribe
And the false binaries they inscribed
Although they struggled mightily
Beyond binaries they could not see.
Trapped by the limits of each pair
They sank into great despair
Help them find their liberty
By repeating each vexed pair with me:
Statist versus anarchist
Radical v. minarchist
F. A Hayek v. von Mises
One step versus many pieces
Rothbardians versus Kochers
Traditionalists versus tokers
Full reserve v. central banking
Purity v. weak think tanking
Flyover versus DC
True hard core versus PC
Politics v. ivory tower
Markets v. big statist power
Maybe as the years do turn
Our binary-bound friends will learn
There’s something better they can do
Than fight and re-fight Red v. Blue
The world they all would like to free
Has nuance far as all can see.
Thinking just in black and white
Produces noise but little light.
If economists can write refrains
You can break your binary chains