Who said this…?

The important thing for Government is not to do things which individuals are doing already, and to do them a little better or a little worse; but to do those things which at present are not done at all.

The answer is after the jump.








Answer: John Maynard Keynes.

(Which does, incidentally, make me wonder how many people who now call themselves Keynesians really are. Many on the left outside the Liberal Democrats, certainly, view such attitudes to the role of the state – when expressed by 21st century politicians – as something to abhor. But in that respect, Keynes is rather like William Beveridge, whose views on benefits does not sit comfortably with many on the left who like to invoke his name with pride.)

2 responses to “Who said this…?”

  1. It seems that not-so-well-educated people think 'printing more money' is a solution to the financial crisis. Slightly better educated people think we should tax the rich. And even better educated people think we should create money by spending more money, because Keynes said so.

  2. […] The Occupy moment symbolises that absence wonderfully – for it too does not offer solutions, it offers a process for debate as its key figures have forcefully pointed out when interviewed in the media about what their answers are. A process which, so far however, has thrown up no new answers. Keynesian thoughts may certainly be in vogue, but they are hardly new – and you do not have to be much of a cynic to note how their popularity is closely linked to whether Keynsianism can be interpreted as “spend more” rather “spend less” and a popularity which frequently neglects his views on the role of government in providing services. […]

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