“Obama = Keynesian?”

A reminder that someone thinking they are smart does not actually make them smart.

(In fairness, it could be that the people in this video just think that the author of the sign simply misspelled “Kenyan”. It’s not like John Maynard Keynes was Abraham Lincoln or something. I’d put “knowing who John Maynard Keynes was” down on my list of things people should know underneath “How many branches are in the US government?”, “What’s the name of your Senator and Congressman?” and “How do you turn a word problem into an algebraic formula?”)


  1. Wacky Hermit says:

    Nah, if they thought “Keynesian” was just “Kenyan” misspelled, and they were so smart, they would have used the word “Kenyan” in their responses. They really didn’t know (or didn’t realize) what a Keynesian is. Although, I think the lady at the end realized her mistake after the interviewer mentioned economic policy.

    But I’ll grant you that probably a larger percentage of the crowd would have been able to solve a simple linear equation than knew who Keynes was (and that would be a small percentage to begin with).

  2. usc says:

    A few years ago I wouldn’t have been able to answer that question. I “believe” I would have known it wasn’t a country but wouldn’t have known the real answer. Now after reading “The Forgotten Man” as a primer and getting on the ol’ self economic education train I know. And worse I feel that my state let me down even further for not teaching me who the man was and how important he has been to this country. And by important I don’t mean that in a good way…you can be important for the damage you cause as well as the good.

    Now I am making sure that my 14 year old son is taught about the man and his economic ideology. It’s important and you are right…should be up there with the branches of the government, who your representatives are, how to change a tire. It’s just core information every American needs.