John Kenneth Galbraith, 1908-2006

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The great John Kenneth Galbraith died yesterday at the ripe old age of 97. An intellectual hero of mine, Galbraith is up there with Herman Daly and Joan Robinson in terms of people who have most influenced my thinking. This ABC Late Night Live podcast on J.K. Galbraith is well worth listening to. A short video clip from the BBC also gives a good overview of his contributions.

Apart from his prolific writings as an academic economist, Galbraith also served as a public servant and as an advisor to a number of Democrat presidents. As Ambassador to India he once described the Indian polity as “functional anarchy”. More recently, when asked his opinion of Dubya he said: “I never thought that I would yearn for Ronald Reagan.”