By David Mc Williams
This brilliant quote from economist JK Galbraith just about sums up why individuals and organisations tend to stick to plan A when the evidence suggests that Plan A isn’t working. No one likes to be proved wrong but, ultimately, the worst thing we can do when our world view turns out to be flawed is stick to it. Yet this is precisely what many of us do.
Given this general observation, it was fascinating to see the IMF conclude last week, with its influential world economic outlook, that it might have got its basic economics wrong. If not quite apologising for leading half of Europe up the economic garden path, the IMF has at least admitted that what we have been arguing for years in this column is right. For the first time, the IMF conceded that austerity doesn’t work and, not only does it not work, but it is counter-productive.
The implications of this concession for the continuation of the ‘austerity at all costs’ policy are enormous – and may prove to be the first chinks in the armour of the troika. Christine Lagarde’s IMF noted in its global outlook that the world economy has slowed down more rapidly than it had expected, and its experts asked themselves why had they got it so wrong yet again. Given that the main pillars of Irish economic forecasting – the Department of Finance……………………..
full article at source: http://www.davidmcwilliams.ie/2012/10/15/waking-up-to-reality
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- IMF Chief Lagarde to Europe: Lighten Up on the Austerity (news.firedoglake.com)
- The Greek patient (ekathimerini.com)
- Act bravely together to save world economy, says Christine Lagarde (guardian.co.uk)
- IMF chief Christine Lagarde urges eurozone and US action to end ‘terrifying and unacceptable’ jobless rates (telegraph.co.uk)