A firestorm of public controversy has erupted in the wake of shocking new revelations regarding the political and economic opinions of beloved '60s television star Mr. Jinks, the cartoon cat loved 'round the world for his madcap pursuit of clever mouse protagonists Pixie & Dixie on the Huckleberry Hound Show.
Though always famous for his catchphrase "I hate mices to pieces!", new revelations just surfacing from a recent interview with Reason Magazine indicate that Jinks' disposition toward anthropomorphic rodents is actually quite congenial, and that his comments were really intended to be a biting critique of Austrian free market economist Ludwig von Mises.
"It's not that I disagree with his endorsement of asset-backed currency", averred Jinks to Nick Gillespie of the popular Libertarian periodical. "It's just that his economic treatises are so very dry and academic. Human Action is 900 PAGES LONG, and every word is agony!!! I'm sure it's fine for the scholars, but the novices will find it completely impenetrable and wholly intimidating...I got a lot more out of Hayek's Road to Serfdom, which, with all of its clarity and concision, makes the practical applications of the Austrian School all the more apparent!"
When asked if, indeed, he really does hate mices to pieces, Mr. Jinks is quick to separate the allegations from reality.
"No way, man. I support their lifestyle choice."
Pixie, the male half of the popular rodent duo, added to the spectre of mystery that continues to surround Mr. Jinks' politics during a recent press conference.
"I always knew he hated Mises. But I never dreamt that his hatred came from mere aesthetic dislike. When he lunged at Dixie and I in the cartoons, he would always shout "Mao!!!" really loudly, as if in a battlecry, so we just suspected he was a Communist."