What many people don’t realise is that Keynes himself identified as a classical liberal, and believed his economic theories to be in the liberal tradition. His statements about how inflation can destroy a society weren’t him hinting at his evil plan, but trying to remind everyone that his theories shouldn’t be taken as an endorsement of inflation or a denouncement of the market economy.
Keynes himself said that he read Hayek’s Road to Serfdom and said:
In my opinion it is a grand book…Morally and philosophically I find myself in agreement with virtually the whole of it: and not only in agreement with it, but in deeply moved agreement.
It has always puzzled me why Rothbardian Austrians hate Keynes so much, e.g. Rothbard’s book “Keynes, the Man” — which a YT friend of mine rightly described as dishonest propaganda. Is it a surprise to anyone that Milton Friedman viewed Keynes as being an inspiration? Milton’s son, David Friedman said:
Newton was wrong, wrong not only now but then, but Newtonian physics provided the foundation of ideas on which later generations of physicists, including Einstein, built. Keynes was wrong, but his attempt to make sense of what he believed happened during the Great Depression provided a theoretical foundation on which later theorists, including Friedman, could build. Hence Friedman’s comment on Keynes: “In one sense, we are all Keynesians now; in another, no one is a Keynesian any longer”—misquoted by Time Magazine as “We are all Keynesians now.”
Addendum: Hayek and Keynes were also BFFs, so there’s that.