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Thread: Niall Ferguson apologises after blaming Keynes' sexuality for selfishness

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    Default Niall Ferguson apologises after blaming Keynes' sexuality for selfishness

    The ever-controversial historian Niall Ferguson is in hot water after claiming that the economist John Maynard Keynes did not care about future generations because he was gay and childless - "Keynes was a homosexual and had no intention of having children. We are not dead in the long run our children are our progeny. It is the economic ideals of Keynes that have gotten us into the problems of today." Of course, the historian has been labelled a neo-imperialist in the past after his Civilisation book and C4 series, so was the Scot-American merely exaggerating comments to annoy liberal-left academia?
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    Wow, what a dumb comment. A classic example of big brain/narrow mind. I didn't just start caring about long term issues when the little jingles came along, and there are plenty of examples of 100% het and be-childrened politicians, industrialists, etc being more than a little cavalier with the world those after us will live in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. jings View Post
    Wow, what a dumb comment. A classic example of big brain/narrow mind. I didn't just start caring about long term issues when the little jingles came along, and there are plenty of examples of 100% het and be-childrened politicians, industrialists, etc being more than a little cavalier with the world those after us will live in.
    Nothing dumb about it. You can see the same attitude across the gay rights agenda of living in the moment personal freedoms and hang the consequences for society in the long run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gijoe View Post
    Nothing dumb about it. You can see the same attitude across the gay rights agenda of living in the moment personal freedoms and hang the consequences for society in the long run.
    Yup. Pesky gays. And smokers. And overeaters. And car drivers. And on and on and on....

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    Oh GAWD another thread devoted to "love of your fellow man"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gijoe View Post
    Nothing dumb about it. You can see the same attitude across the gay rights agenda of living in the moment personal freedoms and hang the consequences for society in the long run.
    What's a "living in the moment personal freedom"?

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    Highly offensive to suggest gay people don't care about future generations because they can't produce children. Some adopt children.

    Having said that I agree with him that Keynesianism doesn't work, as the Soviet Union found.
    Fair and Balanced

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    Has Paul Krugman, the PC advocate of Keynesian borrowing and stimulus, reacted yet ?

    Nobody attacks Keynesianism without Krugman jumping into the battle.

    Will he have a thundering diatribe of nonsense in defence of living in perpetual debt ?

    No doubt reproduced in the propertypaper with a news supplement, as something serious ?

    Can't wait for the aliens to invade.....Krugman expects that it will kickstart the economy....best stiumulus ever.
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    I can't see the connection myself and particularly asinine comment. Most economists and other academic analysts of life are indifferent to real life around them as they are more interested in the abstract and the model.
    "There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self." Ernest Hemingway

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    Ferguson is just another example of the crazed xenophobic jingoistic imperialist war-mongering hate-filled nasty little WingNut twerp, which sadly seem all too common these days. I don't see why anyone should take anything he says seriously.

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