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Harvard Prof. Apologizes for Keynes Comments

New York — Niall Ferguson, a Harvard history professor and author, apologized on yesterday for saying economist John Maynard Keynes was less invested in the future because he was gay and had no children. Ferguson said his remarks at an earlier conference were “as stupid as they were insensitive.”

During a question-and-answer session after a prepared speech at the Altegris Strategic Investment conference in Carlsbad, Calif., on Thursday, Ferguson was asked to comment about Keynes, an influential 20th century British economist who advocated government spending as a way to make up for lagging demand in a down economy.

Ferguson suggested that Keynes’ philosophy was shaped by his homosexuality. Keynes had no children so he wasn’t as invested in future generations as others might be, Ferguson said. The remarks were reported by the website of Financial Advisor magazine and elsewhere online.