Here's what's being passed around the Marketplace office today: A rap video pitting two of the world's most renowned economists against each other. Yes, I said economists and rap video in the same sentence.

The creative folks at Econ Stories TV produced "Fear the Boom and Bust" a Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem. Econ Stories is a collaboration between George Mason University economics professor Russell Roberts and producer/director John Papola of Spike TV.

I suspect the video below is the first and only rap battle between British economist John Maynard Keynes and Austrian economist Freidrich von Hayek. Hopefully I'm right about that, but it's a pretty awesome video.

If you'd like to sing along, here are some choice verses.


You see it's all about spending, hear the register cha-ching

Circular flow, the dough is everything

So if that flow is getting low, doesn't matter the reason

We need more government spending, now it's stimulus season

So forget about saving, get it straight out of your head

Like I said, in the long run--we're all dead

Savings is destruction, that's the paradox of thrift

Don't keep money in your pocket, or that growth will never lift...


If you're living high on that cheap credit hog

Don't look for cure from the hair of the dog

Real savings come first if you want to invest

The market coordinates time with interest

Your focus on spending is pushing on thread

In the long run, my friend, it's your theory that's dead

So sorry there, buddy, if that sounds like invective

Prepared to get schooled in my Austrian perspective

Learn more about Keynes and Hayek here.

Who would you call the winner?