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Brooks Wilson's Economics Blog: Fear the Boom and Bust

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Fear the Boom and Bust

The video is educational and entertaining.

In "The General Theory of Employment, Interest Money" John Maynard Keynes wrote “The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist."

Watch the video and see if you can hear the voices of Keynes and Hayek, two defunct economists, reflected through politicians who support the stimulus (Keynes) and those who oppose it (Hayek).

I love Hayek's quote at the end of the video, "The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design." It neatly summarizes the views of Austrian economists and others who they have influenced.

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  1. RebeccaRedmon28/1/10 9:44 PM

    I too loved the quote at the end of the rap......said a mouthful ...and the moral of the story is.....very nicely done.

  2. Nancy Lynch29/1/10 9:29 PM

    In my opinion, Keynes appeared to be pretty "full of himself", but felt he could "cure" the economy, but Heyek had much better ideas and theories. Overall, I really enjoyed the rap.

  3. Economics 101 in rap form :) excellent. I agree with Mr. Brooks about Hayek's quote, it makes an outstanding point.