Keynes: The Return of the Master

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In the debris of the financial crash of 2008, the principles of John Maynard Keynes—that economic storms are a normal part of the market system, that governments need to step in and use fiscal ammunition to prevent these storms from becoming depressions, and that societies that value the pursuit of money should reprioritize—are more pertinent and applicable than ever. In Keynes: The Return of the Master, Robert Skidelsky brilliantly synthesizes Keynes career and life, and offers nervous capitalists a positive answer to the question we now face: When unbridled capitalism falters, is there an alternative?
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Robert Skidelsky is the Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His three volume biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes (1983, 1992, 2000) received numerous prizes, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award. He is the author of The World After Communism (1995). He was made a life peer in 1991, and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1994.
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Oct 26, 2010
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Wie ein entfesselter Kapitalismus das weltweite Wirt­schaftssystem beschädigen, wenn nicht gar ruinieren kann, war gerade zu besichtigen. Aber gibt es zu diesem System überhaupt Alternativen, und wie sehen sie aus? John Maynard Keynes (1883–1946), der intelligenteste und einflussreichste Wirtschaftstheoretiker aller Zeiten, hat schon vor einem halben Jahrhundert darüber nachgedacht, und seine Analysen sind heute aktueller denn je. Sein berühmter Ausspruch: »Auf lange Sicht sind wir alle tot« zielt auf realitätsferne ökonomische Modelle, die unser Denken bestimmen und zu verheerendem Handeln führen. Keynes’ Wirtschaftstheorie allerdings war nie ganz tot, selbst in Zeiten blinder Marktgläubigkeit blieben seine Ideen unterschwellig präsent. Denn die Grundgedanken seiner »Allgemeinen Theorie« zielen auf den Kern allen Wirtschaftens: »Niemand kennt die Zukunft.« Darauf gründet Keynes’ Überzeugung von der »fundamentalen Unsicher­heit« der globalen Finanzmärkte. Mit mathematischen Formeln wird man sie nicht in den Griff kriegen. Wirtschaftskrisen sind nicht die große Ausnahme, sondern Teil der Marktwirtschaft. Wenn man den Markt aber sich selbst überlässt, können sie lange anhalten. Deswegen muss der Staat eingreifen. Vor allem aber ist Wirtschaft kein Selbstzweck. Sie hat dem Menschen, dem guten Leben zu dienen. Robert Skidelsky, die Koryphäe für Keynes’ Werk, hat seine Wirtschaftstheorie neu interpretiert – für heute. Seine brillante Analyse des »Meisters« ist Pflichtlektüre für jeden, der unsere aufgewühlten Zeiten verstehen will.
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