Wednesday, November 29, 2017

No, that's not it

Searching thru Keynes quotes, I found this:

It's not right.

I know what they did. They "fixed" the quote. They pruned the words. They changed the meaning. It's not right. What Keynes actually said was

The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.

Keynes was not a philosopher telling us that coming up with an idea is easier than you think. He was an economist, telling us that the particular ideas he was presenting were really rather simple.

The BrainyQuote version bothers me because it suggests that one solution to economic problems is as good as another. That is surely not true. Moreover, we may not have to "develop a new idea" to fix the economy. What we need, Keynes knew, is the right idea.

And it is difficult to find the right idea when one's mind is littered with garbage.

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