Christmas traditions and Hayek’s wisdom

One of my favourite moments in Terry Pratchett’s great Discworld fantasy series comes from his holiday novel, Hogfather. The novel is about the kidnapping of the Hogfather—the Discworld’s combined analogue for Santa and various solstice gods. (He rides around on a sleigh pulled by wild boars, delivering presents, and ensuring the return of the sun.) After the Hogfather has been rescued, his rescuer Susan, asks Death, (yes, that Death) what would have happened had the Hogfather not been saved. Death responds in his customary all-caps deadpan:WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF YOU HADN’T SAVED HIM?”…The sun would have risen just the

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