Against Economic Chaos and its Disastrous Consequences.

Dear Cantona,

I am asking you here to renounce the ideas that influenced you, probably even against your own will, in your "Cantona Appeal". I am asking you to help me avoid Chaos and its disastrous consequences.

It is a small detail that makes the difference between good and evil, between Chaos and Order, between the road to freedom and the road of serfdom.

This is what Keynes said about today's events, about you, a practical man, and the difference between the Ideas and purpose of those who tried to use you:

At the present moment people are unusually expectant of a more fundamental diagnosis; more particularly ready to receive it; eager to try it out, if it should be even plausible.

But apart from this contemporary mood, the ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else.

Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.

Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.

I am sure that the power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of ideas.

Not, indeed, immediately, but after a certain interval; for in the field of economic and political philosophy there are not many who are influenced by new theories after they are twenty-five or thirty years of age, so that the ideas which civil servants and politicians and even agitators apply to current events are not likely to be the newest.

But, soon or late, it is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil.

John Maynard Keynes
The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money
Chapter 24: Concluding Notes on the Social Philosophy
Towards which the General Theory Might Lead
Paragraph V
Friday 13, December 1935

I believe it is not necessary to remind you that famous quote of a famous and influential  french philosopher: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it%u2019s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea."

In order to help me stand against that New Economic Order and avoid Chaos I am hence asking you to back La Nouvelle Economie.  In case you accepted before the crucial date of January 7, I am voting you our Charismatic Leader in order to avoid the unintended consequences of your previous action.

The translation in French and other Languages is here.

I am, Dear Cantona, yours sincerely.
Dear Friend,

Whatever your ideas you can't favor Chaos and its disastrous consequences. I am begging to sign today that petition and counter the Chaos that will be the inevitable albeit unintended consequence of the Cantona Appeal.

It is of the uttermost importance that we persuade Cantona to help us stand up against those evils.

I am, my Friend, yours sincerely.
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