26 June 2011
I am glad to note that he has therein seen fit to address a most curious absence in Keynes (see John Maynard Keynes and the dog that did not bark. Although the Great Depression that began in 1929 was accompanied by the wholesale failure of hundreds of banks, the General Theory published in 1936 did not have a word to say about bank rescues. I suggested that this was not a casual oversight on the part of Keynes but proof not only that he never understood the significance of banks but also that most of his assertions assumed an economy where money consisted entirely of currency and would collapse when banks were introduced into the equation.
Krugman's explanation for the absence of banks in Keynes is half-hearted, as if he himself is not really convinced: