Should we let the invisible hand caress our organ of government, as Friedman argued, or should we reintroduce the Golden Age of Steam? What do you think?
This poll elicited the following comment. I am compelled to reproduce it here for my readership’s enjoyment.
You can’t just re-introduce The Golden Age of Steam, old sod. Never work.
First you must re-introduce The Ice Age of Steam; then The Stone Age of Steam; then The Bronze Age of Steam; then The Iron Age of Steam; then The Zinc Age of Steam; then The Tin-with-a-Smattering-of-Aluminium Age of Steam; then the Atomic Age of Steam and finally The Golden (or Viagra) Age of Steam.
Then your wandering hand will at last have a firm throttle to grasp, to release the pulsing jets of steam into the well-oiled cylinder of capitalism, driving the massive engine of commerce down the righteous track of freedom, equality, import tarifs, eBay, and ceramic beavers.
Such erudition and mastery of language are rarely found these days in the empty wind-swept corridors of offline writings. What do you think?