“Fear the Boom and Bust”: Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Video

Here is a splendid and insightful, new rap video pitting the ideas of Nobel Laureate, Austrian School economist Friedrich A. Hayek against those of Lord John Maynard Keynes. As Hayek has shown, economic crises of boom and bust are created by governments that expand credit through central banks, creating unsustainable bubbles that ultimately crash. Unfortunately, based on Keynes’s theories, governments have foolishly then further intervened with bailouts and “stimulus” spending measures of pork and war that only prolong the recovery (e.g., Great Depression as well as the current economic malaise). Our Senior Fellow Robert Higgs has shown the folly of Keynesian policies since 1930 in his acclaimed book, Depression, War, and Cold War. The choice is clear, Hayek’s free markets vs. Keynes’s corporatism.

David J. Theroux is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Institute and Publisher of the quarterly journal, The Independent Review.
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