Economists and Tories who argue against inrtervention in the economy say that this is OK becasue recessions indicate people do not want to work.
I know of people who claim that structural unemployment is in part because some people don\’t want to work.
I know of people who claim that the incentives on offer (things like 90% marginal tax and benefit withdrawal rates) mean that some people don\’t want to work: I\’m one of them.
I know of people who claim that high and not time limited out of work benefits lead to some not wanting to work: Richard Layard is one of them.
I even know of people who claim that everyone wants not to work (pretty much everyone in fact: it would be better if we could all do as we wished rather than having to clock in and labour for our daily bread, no?).
But I know of absolutely no one who claims that recessions are caused by people not wanting to work.
Not one single person in the whole gamut of opinions from anarcho-capitalists all the way through to North Korean style the State is everything, taking in the Austrians, Keyensians, Real Business Cycle folks, New Keynesians, saltwater and freshwater schools, Chicago, socialists, Marxists and Uncle Tom Cobbley and all.
It\’s simply an absurd statement, a complete strawman.