Most of Krinsky’s writings bear the traces of his life.

They are entangled in important, but unobtrusive ways, with his

private conflicts and his political strategies.  The New Dogma is

an outpouring of self-revelations pressed into the service of economics.

The case study of the Romanian Revolution is a public

wrestling match between emotional needs and professional inquiry.  Krinsky’s personal

needs, strategic calculations, and excitement about economic theory reinforced one

another.  Beneath the polished surface of The Elimination of Want

some unfinished, haunting psychological business was at work in him.

“Every class struggle gives rise to some biography!” Krinsky wrote.


Paraphrases from Freud: A Life for Our Time by Peter Gay.