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John Kenneth Galbraith

Data di nascita: 15. Ottobre 1908
Data di morte: 29. Aprile 2006

John Kenneth Galbraith è stato un economista, funzionario e diplomatico canadese naturalizzato statunitense.

È stato fra i più celebri e influenti economisti del suo tempo, nonché critico della teoria capitalista tradizionale. Wikipedia

„La politica non è l'arte del possibile. Consiste nello scegliere fra il disastroso e lo sgradevole.“

—  John Kenneth Galbraith

Origine: Citato in Al Gore, La Scelta, pag. 350.

„L'economia è estremamente utile come forma di lavoro per gli economisti.“

—  John Kenneth Galbraith

Origine: Citato in Focus n. 104, p. 188.

„Le persone che si credono intensamente impegnate a riflettere in privato di solito non stanno facendo nulla.“

—  John Kenneth Galbraith

Origine: Da Discorso sulle scienze e sulle arti.

„The first goal of the technostructure is its own security.“

—  John Kenneth Galbraith, libro The New Industrial State

Origine: The New Industrial State (1967), Chapter XXIII, Section 2, p. 265

„If the state is the executive committee of the great corporation and the planning system, it is partly because neoclassical economics is its instrument for neutralizing the suspicion that this is so.“

—  John Kenneth Galbraith

Power and the Useful Economist (1973)
Contesto: This is what economics now does. It tells the young and susceptible (and also the old and vulnerable) that economic life has no content of power and politics because the firm is safely subordinate to the market and the state and for this reason it is safely at the command of the consumer and citizen. Such an economics is not neutral. It is the influential and invaluable ally of those whose exercise of power depends on an acquiescent public. If the state is the executive committee of the great corporation and the planning system, it is partly because neoclassical economics is its instrument for neutralizing the suspicion that this is so.

„Two men jumped hand-in-hand from a high window in the Ritz. They had a joint account.“

—  John Kenneth Galbraith, libro The Great Crash, 1929

Origine: The Great Crash, 1929 (1954 and 1997 https://openlibrary.org/books/OL25728842M/The_Great_Crash_1929), Chapter VII, Things Become More Serious, Section VIII, p. 131-132
Contesto: Clerks in downtown hotels were said to be asking guests whether they wished the room for sleeping or jumping. Two men jumped hand-in-hand from a high window in the Ritz. They had a joint account.

„When you see reference to a new paradigm you should always, under all circumstances, take cover.“

—  John Kenneth Galbraith

As quoted in "Galbraith on crashes, Japan and Walking Sticks" by Ben Laurance and William Keegan, in The Observer (21 June 1998)
Contesto: When you see reference to a new paradigm you should always, under all circumstances, take cover. Because ever since the great tulipmania in 1637, speculation has always been covered by a new paradigm. There was never a paradigm so new and so wonderful as the one that covered John Law and the South Sea Bubble — until the day of disaster.

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