Indeed he must. As Hunter Lewis the co-founder of Against Crony Capitalism has said, Keynesianism is the mother of crony capitalism as we know it. Keynesian economic theory gives intellectual cover to politicians and social theoreticians who want to spend the money of a society anyway. It is an excuse. It is a cult. It is destructive and it is obviously, especially as we see at this late date, as the world slowly succumbs to its ever growing debt burden, it is just so tragically wrong. Why can’t the economy gain speed? Why can’t we genuinely grow? Why aren’t we prospering? Why does the “Great Recession” continue to linger?
Keynes must die.
Now as Murray N. Rothbard showed in his 1963 book America’s Great Depression, and as Lionel Robbins and others had written at the time, the Depression had certainly not been caused by too little government intervention. It was caused by the world’s government-privileged central banks, and it was prolonged by the various quack remedies that governments kept trotting out.
But that wasn’t a thesis governments were eager to hear. Government officials were rather more attracted to the message Keynes was sending them: the free market can lead to depressions, and prosperity requires more government spending and intervention…
…The errors of Keynes have empowered sociopathic political classes all over the world and deprived the world of the economic progress we would otherwise have enjoyed.
Japan is a great example of Keynesian devastation: the Nikkei 225, which hit 38,500 in 1990, has never managed to reach even half that level since. A quarter century ago the index of industrial production in Japan was at 96.8; after 25 years of aggressive Keynesian policy that gave Japan the highest debt-to-GDP ratio in the world, the index of industrial production is…still 96.8.
The United States, meanwhile, has had sixteen years of fiscal stimulus or preposterously low-interest rates, all of which Keynesians have cheered. The result? Two million fewer breadwinner jobs than when Bill Clinton left office.