All the best songs from musicals…

…are individualist/libertarian. (Ok not really but bear with me.) ‘Defying Gravity’ from Wicked? All about ego and defiance of the system!

‘No-one Is Alone’ from Into the Woods is all about personal responsibility, the relativity of values and morality.

‘Someone is on your side. Someone else is not. While we’re seeing our side, maybe we forgot: they are not alone.’

Which is enough to illustrate the crux of personal liberty and non-aggression. From the same musical, ‘Children Will Listen’ tells of the problems with of making wishes, which one can take as an analogy to government intervention.

‘Careful the wish you make… wishes come true, not free. Careful the spell you cast… sometimes the spell may last, past what you can see, and turn against you.’

Which encapsulates of the Free-Lunch economic fallacy, and the fact that all acts of policy have negative implications too, in addition to positive direct effects.

‘Told a little lie, stole a little gold, broke a little vow… did you? Had to get your Prince? Had to get your cow? Have to get your wish, doesn’t matter how – anyway, it doesn’t matter now.’

– The Last Midnight / Your Fault

The witch from Into the Woods is one of the most libertarian characters I can think of from a musical. Here she decries fellow characters for their lack of principles in securing their desires. There are other political themes (obviously) in ‘Assassins’ and also in ‘Anyone Can Whistle’, but there are less clear. Perhaps I will explore these in another post!

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