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Santa Keynes and the Hayekian Grinch

Santa Keynes and the Hayekian Grinch
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A great article by Peter Foster over at the Financial Post

Keynesianism has extended ­downturn, despite recent praise

We are now approaching the fourth Christmas of the great debate between the benign supporters of Santa Keynes and the walnut-hearted acolytes of the Hayekian Grinch. Or at least that’s how Keynesians seem to see it.

Prominent statist fans of John Maynard Keynes such as Nobel laureates Paul Krugman and George Stiglitz, and Keynes’ biographer Lord Robert Skidelsky, tend to be moralists who castigate their opponents as flinty-eyed masochists rather than level-headed students of immutable laws. Their indignant question is “Would you have us do nothing?” The response from supporters of Friedrich Hayek and his “Austrian” free-market economics is: “Yes, since what you are doing is making things worse. Moreover, it’s your policies that cause crises in the first place.”

Click through for the rest – well worth the read!

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Redmond is the director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada.

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