09/18/2011 10:04 am ET | Updated Nov 18, 2011

Learning From John Maynard Keynes' Optimism

For someone who’s been dead for 65 years, John Maynard Keynes has amazing presence. Open a paper, click on a blog or TV, and, voilà, like Waldo, he’s everywhere. The British economic oracle -- whose boyhood nickname Snout should tell you that a pretty face isn’t why he’s hot -- gets more Google hits than Leonardo DiCaprio. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas apparently got so fed up with the old scene stealer that he interrupted a recent Republican debate to flash his rivals the news that Keynes was, well, deceased.

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