Monday, October 22, 2007

The Song That Is Irresistible

Robert Higgs' Schlarbaum Award Acceptance Speech (full text): The Song That Is Irresistible

This is arguably one of the best libertarian speeches/articles that I have ever read. Check it out when you have the time!

The poem cited is by Margaret Atwood, entitled "Siren Song" (1976).

This is the one song everyone
would like to learn: the song
that is irresistible:

The song that forces men
to leap overboard in squadrons
even though they see beached skulls

The song nobody knows
because anyone who had heard it
is dead, and the others can
’t remember.
Shall I tell you the secret
and if I do, will you get me
out of this bird suit?

I don’t enjoy it here
squatting on this island
looking picturesque and mythical
with these two feathery maniacs,
I don
’t enjoy singing
this trio, fatal and valuable.

I will tell the secret to you,
to you, only to you.

Come closer. This song
is a cry for help: Help me!
Only you, only you can,
you are unique

At last. Alas
it is a boring song
but it works every time.