In the comment section below, I wrote:
Barefooters are advocating fiscal responsibility, which is a big no-no in these Keynesian times. It’s interesting that we feel pressured to “prove” why money shouldn’t be spent. In a rational (Hayekian) world, shoe-wearers would be asking the shoe companies why barefooters don’t need their product.
OK, perhaps a bit of a stretch. But I think there’s a correlation between the (quite literal) from the bottom up, individualist ethic of barefooting and Austrian economic theory. Or the top-down, broken window fallacy believing, spend our way out of a problem ethos of Big Shoe (ha ha), and Keynesianism.
Or I’m just looking for an excuse to post this awesome Hayek vs Keynes Rap Battle, “Fear the Boom and Bust:”