It is the fate of famous thinkers to be reduced to caricature. Those outside the limelight at least keep their nuance.
Since reading Zachary Carter’s biography of Keynes earlier this year, I’ve been exploring more of the great man’s nuance. ‘Keynesian’ is now synonymous with massive crisis spending programs, but this characterisation both fails to adequately describe the practicalities of a Keynesian program, while omitting entirely the Keynesian political project.
A more complete interrogation is the goal of this 2018 book review in the LRB by Adam Tooze. This passage in particular was striking:
2 thoughts on “The first Keynesian?”
I came across your blog by chance when reading your article on business class airline travel. I’m not much of a reader myself, (more of a skimmer), but I enjoy quirky and eclectic articles, and yours was one of them 🙂
I’m enjoying reading through your other blog posts.
Hey Mike, I appreciate your thoughtful comments. Look forward to having you round as a reader!