John Kenneth Galbraith

(1908-2006 / Iona Station, Ontario)

John Kenneth Galbraith
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John Kenneth "Ken" Galbraith (15 October 1908 – 29 April 2006), was a Canadian-American economist. He was a Keynesian, an institutionalist, and a leading proponent of 20th-century American liberalism. His books on economic topics were bestsellers from the 1950s through the 2000s and he filled the role of public intellectual from the 1950s to the 1970s on matters of economics.

Galbraith was a prolific author who produced four dozen books and over a thousand articles on various subjects. Among his most famous works was a popular trilogy on economics, American Capitalism (1952), The Affluent Society (1958), and The New Industrial State (1967). He taught at Harvard ... more »

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  • Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of ...
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. repr. In A View from the Stands (1986). Foreword to Gloria Steinem, The Beach Book (1963).
  • ''There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. Guardian (London, July 28, 1989).
  • ''In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. Guardian (London, July 28, 1989).
  • ''In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. Guardian (London, July 28, 1989).
  • ''In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.''
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. Guardian (London, July 28, 1989).
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