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This debatable booklet exhibits that there's extra to economics than dry versions and esoteric equations. by means of investigating the increase and fall of postwar Keynesianism and concentrating on the adventure of the U.S., the writer adopts an interdisciplinary method of express that economics is rooted within the flesh and blood heritage of social clash. This well timed research concludes with a dialogue of the viability of Keynesianism this present day, within the context of recurrent situation within the worldwide economic system and the increase of latest social hobbies.

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It is not theoretically fundamental, because even if this behavior is acknowledged by the Keynes’ Scientific System 27 theoretical discourse, there is nothing that theory can do to transform its nature. What becomes theoretically fundamental for economic theory goes beyond the simple recognition of the pattern of working-class struggles. Theoretically fundamental are those characteristics of the wage relation which open spaces for capitalist strategic intervention given working class militancy over the money-wage.

The first thing which needs to be noted is that in Keynes, crisis corresponds to hoarding, and this is based on the emphasis on the separation between the sales and purchase as two distinct moments, implying therefore two distinct social agents, and on the separation between savings and investment. Once this separation is brought in, an entire world of possible crises is unveiled. Crisis as money hoarding is reflected in the emphasis in the problem of demand for money. 4 Keynes’ stress on separation between saving and investment decisions illustrated the possibility of crisis, but how might this possibility become reality?

This of course implies the repression of the working class and their newly formed organizations as they were imposing labor market “rigidities,” among others. Karl Marx (1867: 793–4) observed this strategic meaning of economic theory/apology long before the Great Depression. The absence of the notion of crisis in the classical system is accompanied by the absence of a dimension of time, and this is why with the analysis of expectations and the introduction of time in economic theory Keynes marks a decisive break with classical economics.

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