The Keynes Solution
This is a response to the review of my book THE KEYNES SOLUTION (“The Keynes Comeback” October 3)
Today’s economic problems involves the largest global downturn since the Great Depression. Ultimately, however, the reviewer declares that the policies I developed for the 21 century global economy from Keynes’s ideas and philosophy for ending the Great Depression and creating a full employment global economy after the second world war are “to most others[ mainstream economists? politicians? powerful interest groups?] …. solutions that are outmoded and unworkable”.
Aren’t these “most others” the same people who for the past three decades have advocated government de-regulation of financial markets, no constraints on international capital flows (which led to the contagion of a U.S. sub-prime market collapse to threaten the global banking community), free trade with flexible exchange rates, and perfectly flexible prices and wages so that any unemployment problem can always be eliminated by removing any social safety net that protects the unemployed and thereby force unemployed workers to choose to accept lower wages or see their family starve to death? These classical policies are ultimately based on the ideas espoused by 18th century Adam Smith and 19th century classical economists such as David Ricardo and Leon Walras.
The reviewer argues that “the world economy may have changed beyond recognition since 1944 but to a true disciple of Keynes…[his] policies make sense” while most (mainstream economists?) think them “outmoded”. Since the world economy has changed much more since the 18th and 19th century of classical economists, does the reviewer really believe these ideas of 18th and 19th century economists are not “outmoded” and unfounded or worse merely because “most ” mainstream economists and policymakers still cling to such failed ideas and policies rather than face the reality of Keynes’s analysis of how modern market oriented, money using economies actual operate?