September 30, 2002
Keynes's Toast to Economists

I had always thought this came from a follow-up conference to Bretton Woods, In Savannah...


The toast came at the end of a speech by Keynes at a dinner on the occasion of his retirement as editor of the Economic Journal in 1945: "to economists, who are the trustees, not of civilisation, but of the possibility of civilisation" (quoted in Harrod's Life, p. 194).

David Andrews


Hmmm. In my edition of Harrod's Life of John Maynard Keynes, it is on page 235...

Posted by DeLong at September 30, 2002 07:52 AM | Trackback

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Reminds of when Gandhi was asked about what he thought of the Western civilisation: "That would be a good idea!"

Posted by: Jean-Philippe Stijns on October 1, 2002 09:37 AM
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