John Kenneth Galbraith

  • The 1929 Parallel

    Will the stock market crash? History may not repeat itself, argues the author of The Great Crash, but the dynamics of speculation are remorselessly constant, and they, along with other ominous indicators, give no comfort to optimism

  • Two Faces of the Faith

  • Margins of Error

  • The Confident Speculators

  • The Origin of the Document

    Much has been written by, and about, Albert Speer since the end of World War II. Here, rescued from obscurity, is the summary of the first interrogation of Hitler’s armaments minister and confidant, conducted less than three weeks after Germany surrendered. More than a footnote to history, it is a prelude to what was to be written later, untailored by hindsight and enhanced by spontaneity.

  • The North Dakota Plan

    A few weeks ago a Paris-based organization called APHIA (Association for the Promotion of Humor in International Affairs) made its annual award for the most relaxed and innovative figure in the field of international affairs to John Kenneth Galbraith. In accordance with the rules of the organization, the recipient of the award was required to make a significantly innovative contribution to the field of foreign policy. Mr. Galbraith, in consequence, thought and proposed the North Dakota Plan, here revealed to an American audience for the first time.

  • Alger Hiss and Liberal Anxiety

    Perjury, a new book by Allen Weinstein, focuses attention yet again on the Hiss case. Why does it still matter? The answer lies in the fears and vulnerability of countless American liberals.

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    Writing, Typing, and Economics

    Marshall McLuhan once said, or is said to have said, that clarity of expression betrays an absence of thought. Not necessarily so says the author of more than twenty books, innumerable essays and reviews, and the recent television series "The Age of Uncertainty." His advice to would-be writers combines considerable thought with laudable clarity.

  • Raking It

  • The Economics of the American Housewife

    The servant role of women, says a notable Harvard economist, is an unstated assumption of most current thinking about “the modern economy.” How women can be emancipated—and the likely consequences of such a drastic rearrangement of our society—is discussed in the essay that follows.

  • John Steinbeck: Footnote for a Memoir

  • Berkeley in the Age of Innocence

    In a loving look backward, the Harvard economics professor and author of The Affluent Society and The New Industrial State recollects college days of a benignity long gone. The essay was written for a book being edited by Irving Stone and to he published by Doubleday later this year to mark the centennial of the University of California at Berkeley.

  • The Affluent Society After Ten Years

    One of the creatively conlroirrsial books of the late 1950s and early 1960s in America teas John Kenneth Galbraith’s THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY. It brought wit and charm into the usually forbidding discussion of economics and contributed numerous words and phrases to the language of that inexact science. The book helped to pel the country thinking about the true nature and disposition of its wealth. Note, ten and a fraction years after, when tee have come to see the irony of its title, THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY is appearing in a revised edition. In this introduction to the new edition, to be issued in May by Houghton Mifflin Company, the Haul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard, and former Kennedy Ambassador to India, looks back on the origins of the book, discusses its relevance to the contemporary scene and the instances in which deirlopmenls hair impelled him to change his mind.

  • Capitalism, Socialism, and the Future of the Industrial State

    “If we continue to believe that, the floats of the modern industrial system and the public policies that serve these goals are coordinate with all of life, then all of our lives will be in the service of these goals” Professor Galbraith warns in this last of three articles based on his forthcoming book THE NEW INDUSTRIAL STATE, being published this month by Houghton Mifflin. The essays end with a call for energetic political action to assure that society asserts the superior claims of aesthetic over economic goals and of environment over cost.

  • Market Planning and the Role of Government

    Does the United States government tailor its military procurement to what private industry wants to sell? Is our foreign policy, or Russia’s, or Western Europe’s, shaped by the needs and desires of industries? These are stark questions, and even to raise them may smack of doctrinal heresy. But they are raised here in this second, of three papers based on Professor Galbraith’s trail-breaking book THE NEW INDUSTRIAL STATE, to be published, in June by Houghton Mifflin.

  • The New Industrial State: Planning and the Modern Corporation

    The great size of the modern corporation and its power to influence life in America are discussed in this first of three articles written for the ATLANTIC by the distinguished Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard. They convey essential theses of Professor Galbraith’s major new work, THE NEW INDUSTRIAL STATE, to be published in June by Houghton Mifflin. His second article will discuss how the corporation manages itself. its prices,and its customers, and how it relates to the state. The third will discuss capitalism, social ism, and the future of the industrial system.

  • The Polipollutionists

    Some have observed, through the smog, facets of a new crusade, but it is for Mr. Galbraith, the Harvard economist and former ambassador, to assemble the facts into this report on a growing movement in America.

  • Foreign Policy: The Stuck Whistle

    Economist, educator, editor, and author of several books, including THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY, JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH was a key figure in the presidential campaigns of Adlai E. Stevenson and John F. Kennedy. A firm believer in the practical interplay of economics and politics, Mr. Galbraith is also a strong exponent of candor on public questions. He has held a variety of posts in government, and from 1961 to 1963, he was United States ambassador to India, a post which gave him new perspective on the premises underlying our foreign policy.

  • The Poverty of Nations

    JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITHis on leave from his post as Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard to serve as our ambassador in India. To his responsibility as a diplomat he brings the training and acumen of an economist; and in his current assignment he has become increasingly sensitive to the key problem in the newly developing nationspoverty, and how it is to be alleviated.

  • Dissent in a Free Society

    Professor of Economics at Harvard University and author of THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY and THE LIBERAL HOUR, JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH is now the United States Ambassador in India. He, made these forthright remarks at Annamalai University, where he received an honorary degree.