KEYNES- his life and texts
The corona crisis and the recovery packages in its wake has led us to once again discover the ideas of British economist John Maynard Keynes (1883–1946). Keynes is said to be highly influential, yet there’s almost always something crippled about the actual solutions that are beeing made in his name. The International Monetary Fund, for example, is a far cry from the vision Keynes wrote down late summer 1941. Where are the similarities between today’s management of economic crises and the method Keynes advised in the 1930s? And where’s the connection between Keynes’ dream of a four-hour workday and today’s debates about robotization and superfluous workers? In this book, we shall observe the lines from Keynes’ best-known texts to today’s policy. But we shall also see how his lesser-known sides can be used to shed some light on today’s problems: What can Keynes’ doctoral dissertation teach us about financial crises? While he participated in the great debates of his day, Keynes also spent time searching through the academic scrap heap where he immersed himself in everything from the heretics of economics to the great physician Isaac Newton’s failed attempts on making gold. What can this teach us about the mind of the man who revolutionized economics?