domingo, 12 de agosto de 2007

by Paul Krugman

The history of economic thought in the twentieth century is a bit like the history of Christianity in the sixteenth century. Until John Maynard Keynes published The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money in 1936, economics—at least in the English-speaking world—was completely dominated by free-market orthodoxy. Heresies would occasionally pop up, but they were always suppressed. Classical economics, wrote Keynes in 1936, "conquered England as completely as the Holy Inquisition conquered Spain." And classical economics said that the answer to almost all problems was to let the forces of supply and demand do their job.But classical economics offered neither explanations nor solutions for the Great Depression. By the middle of the 1930s, the challenges to orthodoxy could no longer be contained. Keynes played the role of Martin Luther, providing the intellectual rigor needed to make heresy...

Enquanto esperamos que amanhã não seja uma "segunda-feira negra", (link) sabe sempre bem lêr Paul Krugman e a sua escrita tão acessível sobre temas que pela nossa praça os "especialistas" teimam em tratar de forma fechada e pseudo-ciêntifica.

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