A Keynes Primer

John Maynard Keynes

Peter Clarke speaks to C. S. Soong of Against the Grain about John Maynard Keynes.

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John Maynard Keynes died in 1946, but Keynesianism, in one form or another, is alive and well: the British economist’s name has been invoked repeatedly since the global economic meltdown began in 2008. But how much do we really know about Keynes, and what did he really say and write? Peter Clarke has written a new book about Keynes’s life and ideas.

Author: Idrees Ahmad

I am a Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling and a former research fellow at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. I am the author of The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). I write for The Observer, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Al Jazeera, Dissent, The National, VICE News, Huffington Post, In These Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Adbusters, Guernica, London Review of Books (Blog), The New Arab, Bella Caledonia, Asia Times, IPS News, Medium, Political Insight, The Drouth, Canadian Dimension, Tanqeed, Variant, etc. I have appeared as an on-air analyst on Al Jazeera, the BBC, TRT World, RAI TV, Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and several Pacifica Radio channels.

5 thoughts on “A Keynes Primer”

  1. Keynes,economist,member of secret societies,worked at the India Office,where by 1913 he was on the Royal Commission for Indian Finance and currency.

    His patron was no less than Edwin Montagu,Secretary of State for India,1917-22.Keynes,like Marx before him, called for a central bank in India.Like Marx his love affair with central banking and general taxation is a clue to his role as an instrument of the Anglo-Dutch financial oligarchy.

    Keynes had been known during his lifetime as something of a flip-flop economist changing sides on issues of free trade versus protectionism at the drop of a hat.Thus his ideas have been wheeled out during the current financial crisis by Democrats and oligarchs (such as Felix Rohatyn) alike as remedy for our current ills.

    One thing remained constant in Keynes’s thinking and that was his attachment to central banking and promissory currency notes unbacked by gold.Figures were all that mattered-the physical economy could be taken down at the whim of the oligarchs when it suited them.In fact,Keynes was quite taken by the way an economy could be taken down using a currency debauched with inflation.Presumably he foresaw that such methods would be used against economies that would not conform to the post-WW2 world order the oligarchs would come to impose through the IMF and World Bank.

  2. An establishment economist like Clarke is not best placed to assess Keynes real legacy.

    Hence the discussion omits any reference to Keynes’s post-war role in securing the interests of the Anglo-US synarchy.Neither is any reference made to Keynes’s preference for totalitarian systems of scientific domination.

    A real insight into Keynes’s role at Bretton Woods is here:


    This account covers how Keynes covered the tracks of the business leaders who’d financed both sides during WW2 via BIS.

    Clarke should have written about Keynes and War.It was his output around these two great cataclysms that provides the clue to where he was really coming from.

  3. Ultimately Keynes like most elite-sponsored economists was groomed by the NWO synarchy that was busy estblishing the terms of the post-war settlement long before the war had even begun.

    The two world wars were stepping stones on their forward march to world government and Keynes was just one of their instruments.

    The Peter Clarke Keynes whitewash neglected to mention that Keynesian economic solutions were those implemented in Nazi Germany by his main disciple at that time,Hjalmar Schacht,Hitler’s Finance Minister.Schacht was close to Bank of England governor,Montagu Norman,who helped bankroll the Nazi recovery and militarization.

    Committed as he was to the NWO agenda,at the end of the war Keynes proposed a “Bancor” universal currency as means to forward the long-term eradication of national sovereignty.

    Clarke’s take on Keynes’s relations with the Bloomsbury Group is another exquisite whitewash.The contempt for bourgeois morality and trailblazing permissiveness were traits Keynes shared with his elite sponsors whose avowed goal has always been to extinguish the middle class.In the revolutions and economic take-downs they’ve run it has always been the middle class who have suffered disproportionately.Their faith and morality have ever been despised and paradoxically perceived as a threat by elite eugenicists like Keynes.

    Anyway next week on Pacifica C.S.Soong speaks to another Cambridge economist-Emma Georgina Rothschild.Usually Emma,who has written about the history of her elite banking family appears on the same bill as Peter Clarke.

    Wasn’t it odd that when discussing Keynes completely forgot to mention the Roths? Another astonishing but telling omission on his part.

  4. Lest you’re still not getting it about where Keynes,Friedman and Stiglitz are really coming from you can read The Protocols where the virtues of having a team of economists to push the agenda of world domination are discussed.

    Evidently our WordPress censors would rather you didn’t read this re-Rothschild tributes in stone to the likes of Milton and Keynes.


    They’re probably afraid you might do some research about the Keynes theme park they’re building in Najaf.

    No danger dear censor.They don’t do research.

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