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May 21, 2005 1:47 pm

A False Dichotomy

Charles, Charles, the boxers-briefs debate is as false a dichotomy as left-right, so I'm surprised libertarian types are buying into it. Aren't we all about challenging the status quo? Aren't both choices really fundamentally flawed? And don't those flaws come together in the extreme? (Castro probably wears briefs, and how different is he really from Saddam?)

Libertarians should be challenging the old categories. For the underwear anarchists, there's always" commando" ("The only thing between him and us is a thin layer of gabardine"), but for those who wish not to commit to anarchism, yet still wish to blow up the old binaries, there's this university administrator's underwear of choice: boxer-briefs.

Like libertarianism is to"left" and"right", boxer-briefs take the best of both worlds and use them to form a consistent underwear worldview. The comfort of the boxer, the support of the brief. Libertarian underwear nirvana, and the choice of binary busters everywhere.

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