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Lessons in Hypocrisy

So the web site Human Events went and asked a panel of 15 conservative scholars and public policy leaders, to compile a list of The Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

On their list are some good ones like "The Communist Manifesto", "Mein Kampf", and "Quotations from Chairman Mao." Some of the books, though, are just funny to see listed in the same list as those, such as "The Feminine Mystique," "Democracy and Education," and "The Kinsey Report." Those made me snicker.

But what made me fall over laughing was the review for the book "The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money" by John Maynard Keynes. Let me quote this:

Summary: Keynes was a member of the British elite--educated at Eton and Cambridge--who as a liberal Cambridge economics professor wrote General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money in the midst of the Great Depression. The book is a recipe for ever-expanding government. When the business cycle threatens a contraction of industry, and thus of jobs, he argued, the government should run up deficits, borrowing and spending money to spur economic activity. FDR adopted the idea as U.S. policy, and the U.S. government now has a $2.6-trillion annual budget and an $8-trillion dollar debt.

Remember, under the current conservative U.S. administration, government spending has actually increased by about 30%, and has run up nearly half-trillion dollar per year deficits.

Bwahahah...haha... ha... err, wait. That's not so funny. Owch.

Uhh, damn.

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spotweld
Jun. 1st, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
That reminds me of a 1950's era sci-fi radio show (I think it may have been X-munus-1) I heard once.
In a rush to find a practical (and therefor fund-able) application for their economics department a research scientist and his collegiate middle-manager give a set of mathematically based organizational rules to a small-town lady's flower club (remember this is the 1950's) that were supposed to ensure a ever expanding organization.

The funding fall through and eventually the manager goes out to see what happened to the flower club. (The scientist expected it would just fall apart since the math required a constant flow of new members and there could only be a finite number of women interested in flowers in the that little town). But it turns out the manager had underestimated the ambition of the head of the flower club.

Wonder of wonders the Lady's flower club had grown to encompass all the local fraternal orders and organizations. Flash ahead a few years, the organization is now on the verge of global domination and the narrator can only hope that the recently launched space probes will find new life in space as the planet is about to run out of possible new members, which would result in a global socio-economic cataclysm.

That goodness we're not in the business of empire building.
zrath
Jun. 1st, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC)


Yeah, I know. I hope the ghost of FDR is beating the sh*t out of these guys nightly.
So blind...


hakeber
Jun. 1st, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
No no, it's funny. In a trainwreckomgIcantlookaway kinda way.
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