22 May 2009

John Kenneth Galbraith: Listen to a great US liberal, you might learn something new

Phillip Adams is in conversation with Canadian born American economist, author, adviser and presidential confidant John Kenneth Galbraith.

Galbraith, who died in 2006 at the age of 97, was a Keynesian economist and a leading proponent of American liberalism and progressivism. He wrote around 40 books in his lifetime but arguably his most famous works were the trilogy on economics: American Capitalism, The Affluent Society and The New Industrial State.

This interview was conducted at Galbraith's home on the grounds of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when he was 90. Galbraith talks about Keyensian economics, his relationship with past presidents (Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson) about his work as director of the US Strategic Bombing Survey after WWII, the military strategy of the Nazis, and about his break-up with LBJ over the Vietnam War.

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