posted on Oct, 19 2008 @ 02:39 AM
"We have reached a critical point,” John Maynard Keynes wrote in March 1933. “We can ... see clearly the gulf to which our present path is
leading.” If governments did not take action, “we must expect the progressive breakdown of the existing structure of contract and instruments of
indebtedness, accompanied by the utter discredit of orthodox leadership in finance and government, with what ultimate outcome we cannot predict.”
As the world reels from a 1929-style stock market plunge and a 1931-style banking crisis, his words are a fair assessment of the dangers we face once
again. Keynes, whose life’s mission was to save capitalism from itself, is more relevant than at any time since his death in 1946.
His renewed influence can be seen everywhere: in Barack Obama’s planned stimulus package, for example. When George W. Bush said his
administration’s plan to take equity in banks was “not intended to take over the free market, but to preserve it”, he could have been quoting