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Portrayal of John Maynard Keynes

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  1. Francisco CabrilloFrancisco CabrilloFrancisco Cabrillo (Santander, 1950). Licenciado en Derecho y Doctor en Ciencias Económicas por la Universidad Complutense, es catedrático de Economía Aplicada de esta misma universidad y presidente del Consejo Económico y Social de la Comunidad de Madrid. Autor de una amplia obra de investigación científica centrada en el análisis económico del derecho y de las instituciones, sus últimos libros son Economics of Courts and Litigation (en colaboración con Sean Fitzpatrick) (2008) y Libertad económica en las Comunidades Autónomas (2009). Colabora regularmente en prensa escrita y en radio.

John Maynard Keynes was not only one of the most influential economists of the 20th century, but also one of the  most brilliant Englishmen of his time. His life developed in very diverse environments and it would be an error to think that we are upon the figure of an economy professor devoted completely to his science in his university department. When he was a student, his intellectual interests were oriented towards themes like philosophy and probability calculus. And years later, he was immersed in worlds so diverse as finances, policy and art, particularly theatre and ballet.

One of his biographers, Robert Skidelsky , denominated one of the volumes on Keynes' extensive biography "The economist as a savior"; and there is little doubt that our figure saw himself as such. His vision of society was alway elitist, based in the idea of an intellectual aristocracy who, with knowledge and foresight, and free of any traditional prejudices, would know how to carry on the country into a better future. For his most loyal disciples, he was a sort of messiah; and his most important book, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money -published in 1936- came to be considered by some as the new testament that made all previous written texts on economy obsolete.