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I strongly lean libertarian, which means I strongly lean towards being a dick, since I'm stunned at how many libertarians are obnoxious (with notable exceptions, like Tom Woods and Lew Rockwell).

I believe it's because libertarian thinking is marked by unshakeable certitude and logical conclusions, which are the provincees of the left hemisphere and, if you haven't figured it out yet, a rogue left hemisphere tends to turn people into dicks. "Thinking with the wrong head" becomes "Thinking with the wrong hemisphere" (or, more accurately, "thinking exclusively with one hemisphere"), which, in sequence, turns people into the wrong head that they're not supposed to think with in the first place (we can parse that later).

All that being said, I think there is something penetratingly correct about the free market. It revolves around respect for constant change and the ultimate unknowability of things: which, in turn, defies experts and authorities . . . and authoritarianism. Hayek tried to explain it. I think Sowell sees it. But neither gets to the point where they need to start: with the Tao.

Anyway, the current issue of The Hedgehog Review takes apart our current plight when it comes to economics. Editor Jay Tolson writes a good introduction to the issue. I'm tempted to buy the issue, but it's $14. I just might opt for a one-year subscription instead.

Introduction: Markets and the Good
How, then, do we think beyond what has come to be the tyranny of economics—or perhaps more accurately, how do we put economics in its proper place?