Sexy Economist of the Week: John Maynard Keynes

It all started with a mustache.

Born 1883, the British economist was something of a player in the wonky world of British economists: He was openly bisexual, involved for a time with the painter Duncan Grant and the writer Lytton Strachey. Keynes later married a hot Russian ballerina.

In 1999, Time magazine included Keynes in its list of the 100 most important and influential people of the 20th century, crediting him with the not-insignificant feat of rescuing the global economy after the Great Depression. It was Keynes who said the government should spend money to rescue the economy when it’s in trouble–even if it means running massive deficits. He would have loved the stimulus plan.

Marriages also need stimulus plans. When yours hits a rough patch–known in the language of economists as a bust that follows a boom–instead of jumping ship or whining about it, take action. Spend your way out of it. Spend time, energy, money if you have to, to get yourselves ticking again. Busts are inevitable–and some would say, necessary–parts of the marriage cycle. Don’t run from them.

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