Stay Classy, Niall Ferguson
Via the Financial Advisor: Harvard Professor Trashes Keynes For Homosexuality
Speaking at the Tenth Annual Altegris Conference in Carlsbad, Calif., in front of a group of more than 500 financial advisors and investors, Ferguson responded to a question about Keynes’ famous philosophy of self-interest versus the economic philosophy of Edmund Burke, who believed there was a social contract among the living, as well as the dead. Ferguson asked the audience how many children Keynes had. He explained that Keynes had none because he was a homosexual and was married to a ballerina, with whom he likely talked of "poetry" rather than procreated.
Ferguson, who is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, and author of The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die, says it’s only logical that Keynes would take this selfish worldview because he was an "effete" member of society.
So, I guess this means that any theorists who is childless ought not be listened to. Never mind any actual engagement of their arguments! No, if they are effete and childless, that’s all you need to know.
Also, so much for the notion that all Ivy League profs are raging liberals.
All of this reminds me of a Dan Drezner post a while back: Intellectual power and responsibility in an age of superstars.