Predictably enough, the martyrdom of Niall Ferguson has begun. This letter is WATB bingo — hurt fee-fees, “vituperative online critics”, “enemies of academic freedom” and best of all…the friendship with Gay Brother Number 1. I also like the “I’m apologizing but what I said was true” twist that is becoming so popular:
Not for one moment did I mean to suggest that Keynesian economics as a body of thought was simply a function of Keynes’ sexuality. But nor can it be true—as some of my critics apparently believe—that his sexuality is totally irrelevant to our historical understanding of the man. My very first book dealt with the German hyperinflation of 1923, a historical calamity in which Keynes played a minor but important role. In that particular context, Keynes’ sexual orientation did have historical significance. The strong attraction he felt for the German banker Carl Melchior undoubtedly played a part in shaping Keynes’ views on the Treaty of Versailles and its aftermath.
All we need is back to England with a GBCW piece, preferably one that appears in the National Review or Weekly Standard. (Daily Caller would be too much to ask for, right?)