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The Economist As Political Philosopher

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Few positions educate the incumbent more thoroughly to a global point of view than that of chief economist of the International Monetary Fund. The IMF was buttressed in its founding by the authority of John Maynard Keynes, even if his fellow architect Harry Dexter White, representing Franklin Roosevelt, had more to do with its design. IMF economic counselors, if they are successful, are entitled to speak for Keynes, or so we hope – privately, as clinicians, while in office; publicly, once they have left. It is not surprising, therefore, that each of the three holders of the job in the