The Two Theaters of Politice

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At a 1990 conference among Liberty editors, I suggested that the most appropriate literary mode for libertarianism was comedy, because both are concerned with what might happen, while tragedy was the mode for conservatism, which emphasizes what cannot happen. Though I thought I was saying something profound, I don’t recall anyone except Steve Cox, now Liberty’s editor, bless him, understanding what I was talking about. And so I repeat the theme here, wondering, alas, if I might try to fly it once again in 2022, 16 years from now (providing, of course, that at age 82 I’ll remember it).

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