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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Hayek Is My Homeboy

Kid Various has been reading Virginia Postrel’s The Future and its Enemies, which should frankly be required reading in every American high school (along with Karl Popper’s The Open Society and its Enemies.) Americans need a better understanding of the basic division of political/societal thought, which the Kid has always defined as the division between The Romantic and The Enlightenment (or between Rosseau and Locke) but Postrel refers to as the contrast between stasis and dynamism.

It’s all part and parcel of the same argument.

But in this vein, Kid Various ran across this fun little short film, The Road to Serfdom in Five Minutes, that encapsulates Hayek’s famous work in…well, five minutes.

Particularly cute is the director’s choice of background music, the overture to the opera Tannhauser. The Kid loves Wagner. It’s part of that residual fascination with The Romantic that propelled him through his juvenile years and, thankfully, he grew out of.


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