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If ever there was a rock star of economics, it would be John Maynard Keynes. He was born in 1883, the year communism’s godfather Karl Marx died. With this auspicious sign, Keynes seemed to be destined to become a powerful free market force when the world was facing a serious choice between communism or capitalism. Instead, he offered a third way, which turned the world of economics upside down. In this article, we’ll examine Keynes’ doctrine and its impact.
The Cambridge Seer
Keynes grew up in a privileged home in England. He was the son of a Cambridge economics professor and studied math at university. After two years in the civil service, Keynes joined the staff at Cambridge in 1909. He was never formally trained in economics, but over the following decades, he quickly became a central figure. His fame initially grew from accurately predicting the effects of political and economic events. His first prediction was a critique of the reparation payments that were levied...
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