Thu 2 May 2019 / Europe
Staunch Keynesian and spiritual disciple
Johan Witteveen will be remembered in the Netherlands as a brilliant economist, the last Keynesian of his generation, a lucid liberal and a life-long adherent of the Sufi spiritual movement. In 2012 he published his memoirs, The Magic of Harmony. The title reflected the pillars of his economic and human wisdom: the natural movement towards harmony and the belief in a spiritual world beyond materialism. Through his Sufi convictions, he found the wherewithal to accept a great many terrible private sorrows.