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John Maynard Keynes

Geburtstag: 5. Juni 1883
Todesdatum: 21. April 1946

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John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes [keɪnz] war ein britischer Ökonom, Politiker und Mathematiker. Er zählt zu den bedeutendsten Ökonomen des 20. Jahrhunderts und ist Namensgeber des Keynesianismus. Seine Ideen haben bis heute Einfluss auf ökonomische und politische Theorien.

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„Geiz und Wucher und Misstrauen müssen noch für eine Weile unsere Götter bleiben. Denn nur sie können uns aus dem Tunnel der ökonomischen Notwendigkeit ans Tageslicht leiten.“

— John Maynard Keynes
Aufsatz: "Ökonomische Perspektiven für unsere Enkel", zitiert von Andreas Weber in: Biokapital, Die Versöhnung von Ökonomie, Natur und Menschlichkeit, Berlin Verlag, Berlin 2008, ISBN 3827007925, Seite 78

„Der Tag ist nicht weit, an dem das ökonomische Problem in die hinteren Ränge verbannt werden wird, dort, wohin es gehört. Dann werden Herz und Kopf sich wieder mit unseren wirklichen Problemen befassen können - den Fragen nach dem Leben und den menschlichen Beziehungen, nach der Schöpfung, nach unserem Verhalten und nach der Religion.“

— John Maynard Keynes
"First Annual Report of the Arts Council (1945-1946)" zitiert von Andreas Weber in: Biokapital, Die Versöhnung von Ökonomie, Natur und Menschlichkeit, Berlin Verlag, Berlin 2008, ISBN 3827007925, Seite 7 - und von Hans H. Hinterhuber et. al. in: Servant leadership : Prinzipien dienender Unternehmensführung - Berlin : Erich Schmidt 2007. (Kolleg für Leadership und Management ; Band 3), ISBN 978-3-503-09785-2 - Seite 18

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„When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?“

— John Maynard Keynes
Reply to a criticism during the Great Depression of having changed his position on monetary policy, as quoted in "The Keynes Centenary" by Paul Samuelson, in The Economist Vol. 287 (June 1983), p. 19; later in The Collected Scientific Papers of Paul Samuelson, Volume 5 (1986), p. 275; also in Understanding Political Development: an Analytic Study (1987) by Myron Weiner, Samuel P. Huntington and Gabriel Abraham Almond, p. xxiv; this has also been paraphrased as "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?"

„It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong.“

— John Maynard Keynes
Not attributed to Keynes until after his death. The original quote comes from Carveth Read and is: It is better to be vaguely right than exactly wrong. Logic, deductive and inductive (1898), p. 351 [http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18440/18440-h/18440-h.htm#Page_351]

„I should have drunk more champagne.“

— John Maynard Keynes
Last Words, as quoted in Ben Trovato's Art of Survival (2007) by Ben Trovato, p. 196

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„When the accumulation of wealth is no longer of high social importance, there will be great changes in the code of morals.“

— John Maynard Keynes
Context: When the accumulation of wealth is no longer of high social importance, there will be great changes in the code of morals. We shall be able to rid ourselves of many of the pseudo-moral principles which have hag-ridden us for two hundred years, by which we have exalted some of the most distasteful of human qualities into the position of the highest virtues. We shall be able to afford to dare to assess the money-motive at its true value. The love of money as a possession — as distinguished from the love of money as a means to the enjoyments and realities of life — will be recognised for what it is, a somewhat disgusting morbidity, one of those semi-criminal, semi-pathological propensities which one hands over with a shudder to the specialists in mental disease … But beware! The time for all this is not yet. For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to everyone that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still. For only they can lead us out of the tunnel of economic necessity into daylight. as quoted in [http://www.webcitation.org/query?id=1256603608595872&url=www.geocities.com/monedem/keyn.html "Keynes and the Ethics of Capitalism" by Robert Skidelsy]

„If not the wisest, yet the most truthful of men. If not the most personable, yet the queerest and sweetest. If not the most practical, yet of the purest public conscience. If not of high artistic genius, yet the most solid and sincere accomplishment within many of the fields which are ranged by the human mind.“

— John Maynard Keynes
Context: I have sought with some touches of detail to bring out the solidarity and historical continuity of the High Intelligentsia of England, who have built up the foundations of our thought in the two and a half centuries, since Locke, in his Essay Concerning Human Understanding, wrote the first modern English book. I relate below the amazing progeny of Sir George Villiers. But the lineage of the High Intelligentsia is hardly less interbred and spiritually inter-mixed. Let the Villiers Connection fascinate the monarch or the mob and rule, or seem to rule, passing events. There is also a pride of sentiment to claim spiritual kinship with the Locke Connection and that long English line, intellectually and humanly linked with one another, to which the names in my second section belong. If not the wisest, yet the most truthful of men. If not the most personable, yet the queerest and sweetest. If not the most practical, yet of the purest public conscience. If not of high artistic genius, yet the most solid and sincere accomplishment within many of the fields which are ranged by the human mind. p. viii

„Leninism is a combination of two things which Europeans have kept for some centuries in different compartments of the soul — religion and business.“

— John Maynard Keynes
Context: Leninism is a combination of two things which Europeans have kept for some centuries in different compartments of the soul — religion and business. We are shocked because the religion is new, and contemptuous because the business, being subordinated to the religion instead of the other way round, is highly inefficient.

„I don't feel the least humble before the vastness of the heavens“

— John Maynard Keynes
Context: I don't feel the least humble before the vastness of the heavens. p. 310

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