John Kenneth Galbraith, 1908-2006

The Globe and Mail
May 6, 2006

John Kenneth Galbraith, 1908-2006
John Allemang

He knew the numbers always lied:
They left out money's moral side,
The greater good that wealth can bring
When goods are not the only thing.

For truth, look to his written word
Where economics turns absurd
When those who give their lives to stats
Ignore the public-housing rats,

The filthy air and dead-end schools,
To praise the fixed free-market rules.
The world is not a Harvard course:
He made light of the market's force,

For he well knew its "unseen hand"
Just means the bland will lead the bland.
But who still cares? All those tax cuts
That treat us as consumer sluts

Now mock his outsized farm-boy mind
With science of a dismal kind —
In place of Galbraith's bonhomie,
Quick cash and false economy.


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