John Maynard Keynes

English economist who advocated the use of government monetary and fiscal policy to maintain full employment without inflation (1883-1946)

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A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind.
Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering what average opinion believes average opinion to be...
But this long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.
Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone
Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.
Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.
Ideas shape the course of history.
If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people on a level with dentists, that would be splendid.
In the long run we are all dead.
In the long run, we are all dead.
The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward.
The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.
The avoidance of taxes is the only pursuit that carries any reward.
The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.
The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems -- the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behavior and religion.
The decadent international but individualistic capitalism in the hands of which we found ourselves after the war is not a success. It is not intelligent. It is not beautiful. It is not just. It is not virtuous. And it doesn't deliver the goods.
The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.
The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.
The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.
Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking.

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