I am not a leftist. Nor am I a rightist. I am that rare fool who believes that it is a careful tension between both which yields the greatest good in the most desirable social order. But because it is in tension, that order is as fragile as it is improbable. By the end of this essay, I will try to explain why I believe so, and what that means. And if you wish to burn me at the stake, by all means do so.