I am too busy to write anything of much interest here, so I thought I would just provide a few quotes from the late, great John Maynard Keynes. My outside work took me to The New Penguin Dictionary of Modern Quotations (by Robert Andrews) to find for a quotation from Keynes. It was probably his most famous:
This is such a pithy antidote to the common economist’s bromide, “It will all work itself out in the long run.” One hears this sort of nonsense all the time and it is handy to know this quotation; one may respond sharply: “Is that right? Well, in the long run we are all dead, expletive!”
Many of Keynes quotations address the pretensions of economists and those who think them gods. I rather like the following, because it so nicely sums up many people I know—almost 75 years after Keynes wrote it:
The emphasis is mine. It is hard to believe that Keynes was not writing this about the Chicago School of economic thought (e.g. Milton Friedman) and those very many politicians who follow it. Whenever I hear them speak about economics, I get the impression that they believe they have found The Truth. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence against their tenets, they are shocked: “But our models are perfect!”
And one more about roughly the same people:
That’s all for now, folks. Next up will most likely be a discussion of Janis Bell’s fun and helpful, Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences. As good as it is, I have a few bones to pick.