Burning of John Maynard Keynes Book Causes Uproar

By: Jeff Berwick | Thu, Sep 9, 2010
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The central banking and political world are up in arms about a planned John Maynard Keynes book burning.

The burning was announced by Jeff Berwick, Chief Editor of The Dollar Vigilante, to take place on December 23, the anniversary of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.

Top central bankers in the United States warned that flimsy economic theories would be in danger if the burning of a copy of John Maynard Keynes, The General Theory of Employment, Interest & Money went ahead.

"What is most dangerous," stated one central banker, "is if this causes people to even logically think for more than a few moments about economics then this entire structure we've built could begin to collapse. We've done a great job for a long time telling the average man on the street that economics is too difficult to understand."

US diplomats and members of the Goldman Sachs' run Department of Treasury called the plan, "disrespectful and dangerous".

But organizer, Jeff Berwick, Chief Editor of The Dollar Vigilante said: "We must send a clear message to the radical element of Keynesians," he continued, "Which, basically means, all Keynesians."

The controversy comes at a time when Federal Reserve and US Treasury officials have bankrupted the country by blindly following Keynesian economics.

"In addition to being offensive, the Keynes protest puts at risk those brave Americans who are fighting abroad for the freedoms and values that we believe in as Americans," said one US Senator. "Those values being that the government creates a central bank who manipulates the price of money and uses inflation as a hidden tax."

Riots and demonstrations have erupted in numerous locations where central bankers and politicos gather including Jackson Hole, Wyoming where one central banker was quoted as saying, "This is an attack on our religion and we will not stand for it!"

Asked if they had plans of their own to burn F.A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom and Ludwig Von Mises The Theory of Money and Credit most central bankers acted confused and did not seem familiar with the books.

A high ranking US diplomat who wished to remain anonymous stated, "This could very well bring an end to the American way of life. If the burning of Keyne's book goes forward it very quickly could bring into question all of our basic values including the right for the government to print as much money as is needed to enter into as many wars as is necessary to keep the military industrial complex happy."

Despite all the pleas for a stop to the burning, Jeff Berwick remained adamant that he is going to go through with the burning, stating, "I think I'll burn a copy of the New York Times which contains any article by Paul Krugman too."



Jeff Berwick

Author: Jeff Berwick

Jeff Berwick
Chief Editor
The Dollar Vigilante

Jeff Berwick

Anarcho-Capitalist. Libertarian. Freedom fighter against mankind's two biggest enemies, the State and the Central Banks. Jeff Berwick is the founder of The Dollar Vigilante, CEO of TDV Media & Services and host of the popular video podcast, Anarchast. Jeff is a prominent speaker at many of the world's freedom, investment and gold conferences as well as regularly in the media including CNBC, CNN and Fox Business.

Jeff's background in the financial markets dates back to his founding of Canada's largest financial website, Stockhouse.com, in 1994. In the late '90s the company expanded worldwide into 8 different countries and had 250 employees and a market capitalization of $240 million USD at the peak of the "tech bubble". To this day more than a million investors use Stockhouse.com for investment information every month.

Jeff was the CEO from 1994 until 2002 when he sold the company and still continued on as a director afterwards until 2007. Afterwards, Berwick went forth to live on and travel the world by sailboat but after one year of sailing his boat sank in a storm off the coast of El Salvador. After being saved clinging to his surfboard with nothing but a pair of surfing shorts left of all his material possessions he decided to "live nowhere" and travel the world as spontaneously as possible with one overarching goal: See and understand the world with his own eyes, not through the lens of the media.

He went on to visit nearly 100 countries over four years and did and saw things that no education could ever teach. He met and spoke with a plethora of amazing people, from self-made billionaires to some of the brightest minds in finance - as well as entrepreneurs from a broad range of backgrounds and locations from tech companies in southern China to resource developers in Mongolia, Thailand, Russia and Chile. He also read everything he could find on how the world really works... politically and financially. A pursuit he continues to this day.

He expatriated, long ago from his country of birth, Canada, and considers himself a citizen of the world. He has lived in numerous locales since including Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Bangkok and currently lives in Acapulco, Mexico and is building a home in Cafayate, Argentina. In essence, everything he writes about here for TDV he has done or is doing.

As well, during his travels, both real and virtual (through the internet), he met some amazing people who have a similar shared vision of what is currently going on in the world and enticed them to come aboard TDV and provide their own brand of analysis.

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