Robert Skidelsky -

28 March 2013
10.00 – 12.30
Muziekgebouw Amsterdam

How Much Is Enough?

What has happened to the ideal of the ‘good life’ in our time? From an economic point of view, we in the West could have begun living the ‘good life’ – filled with health, safety, respect, personal development and leisure – a long time ago, but we haven’t, or not sufficiently. Why not? Are there economic barriers, or are we facing a moral or social deficit? Does thinking about a new economic paradigm amount to dangerous idealism, or is it a much-needed realistic answer to the financial crisis? Should we continue to bank on economic growth, or has it been quite enough, and has the moment come for us to invest our time and efforts more wisely, into a better life? And what political shape should it take?

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Welcome Rob Riemen – Nexus Symposium 2013



Keynote Robert Skidelsky – Nexus Symposium 2013

Robert Skidelsky on his book How Much Is Enough and on the essay Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren from 1930, in which Keynes invited his readers to take a wing into the future. Where are we standing now?

Robert Skidelsky discussed the role of banks and politics in the financial crisis with the financial experts Wim van den Goorbergh, Hans Hoogervorst and Jeroen Kremers. The lively debate was moderated by Rick van der Ploeg.


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China, 1939

Robert Skidelsky

historian, economist and politician

The Netherlands, 1948

Wim van den Goorbergh

economist and banker

The Netherlands, 1956

Hans Hoogervorst

former minister

The Netherlands, 1959

Jeroen Kremers

executive Royal Bank of Schotland

The Netherlands, 1956

Rick van der Ploeg

economist and former politician

Published in

Journal Nexus

Nexus 64

Luxe en verval

Luxe en verval

Dutch publication with essays by a.o. Robert Skidelsky, John Maynard Keynes, Tomáš Sedlácek, Roger Scruton, Jan Patocka, Sylvester Eijffinger, Horia-Roman Patapievici, Marilynne Robinson and Jean Clair.