2013년 3월 15일 금요일

[발췌: Hayek's] review of Harrod's “The Life of John Maynard Keynes”

출처: Journal of Modern History, vol. 24, no. 2, June 1952, pp. 195-198 ; Reprinted in F.A.Hayek, Collected Works, vol. 9: Contra Keynes and Cambridge, p. 232.

자료: 구글도서

※ 발췌 (excerpts):

(...) Perhaps the explanation of much that is puzzling about Keynes's mind lies in the supreme confidence he had acquired in his power to play on public opinion as a supreme master plays on his instrument. He loved to pose in the role of Cassandra whose warnings were not listened to.[23] But, in fact, his early access in swinging round public opinion about the peace treaties had given him probably even an exaggerated estimate of his powers. I shall never forget one occasionㅡI believe the last time that I met himㅡwhen he startled me by an uncommonly frank expression of this. It was early in 1946, shortly after he had returned from the strenuous and exhausting negotiations in Washington on the British loans. Earlier in the evening he had fascinated the company by a detailed account of the American market for Elizabethan books which in any other man would have given the impression that he had devoted most of his time in the United States to that subject. Later a turn in the conversation made me ask him whether he was not concerned about what some of his disciples were making of his theories. After a not very complimentary remark about the persons concerned, he proceed to reassure me by explaining that those ideas had been badly needed at the time he had launched them. He continued by indicating that I need not be alarmed; if they should ever become dangerous I could rely upon him again quickly to swing round public opinionㅡand he indicated by a quick movement of his hand how rapidly that would be done. But three months later he was dead.

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Addendum: Hayek on Beveridge[24]

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