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  •  It's not surprising that Niall Ferguson (17+ / 0-)

    would engage in a nasty diatribe on economist Maynard Keynes to disparage Keynes's economic theories by using his homosexuality as a slur on his character.

    Ferguson and Paul Krugman engaged in a public argument a few months ago over austerity vs. stimulus for an economy in recession.  Krugman used evidence and data to support Keynes' economic theory that government spending was necessary to stimulate an economy suffering from a lack of private inventment and spending, and in effect wiped the floor with Ferguson's argument made on ideological, not evidentiary grounds.

    The economic community, even those who agreed with Ferguson that austerity was the best path forward, were appalled at his failure to defend austerity adequately and his personalizing the attack on those who did not share that opinion.

    As most ideological conservatives are wont to do when they are met with opposition to their position, Ferguson has now apparently doubled down on his argument by leveling what he considers a nasty piece of personal character assassination at the father of the economic theory supporting government stimulus spending in a time of recession.

    Ferguson should concentrate on his area of expertise, history, and leave economic arguments to those who can fully defend their position on its own merits.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sat May 04, 2013 at 05:24:26 AM PDT

    •  Well, this: (11+ / 0-)
      engage in a nasty diatribe on economist Maynard Keynes to disparage Keynes's economic theories by using his homosexuality as a slur on his character.
      Of course that's where Ferguson goes, because lord knows he can't argue on the economics.

      What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

      by commonmass on Sat May 04, 2013 at 05:26:34 AM PDT

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    •  Which just reveals the moral and intellectual (7+ / 0-)

      bankruptcy of his side, as he reveals once again, intentionally or not, what modern conservatism is really all about, namely the preservation of rich white straight Christian male privilege, gained through exploitation and oppression and the denial of it to all others. His tirades remind me of how Tucker Carlson melts into a puddle of overgrown white frat boy rage whenever his precious self-appointed prerogatives are challenged or threatened.

      One wants to pet them on the head condescendingly and say "There there, there's room in this brave new world you people like you too, only this time, you have to actually earn it".

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sat May 04, 2013 at 06:44:33 AM PDT

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