Niall Ferguson, Keynes and homophobia


This 5 June 2018 video from the USA is called Niall Ferguson plots against left-wing student.

After the earlier news today about a British Conservative politician arrested as a rape suspect and a Ukip politician’s homophobia, news about another British Conservative’s homophobia.

That British Conservative is controversial historian Niall Ferguson. To some people, better known as the husband of Ayaan Hirsi Ali … err, that is not her real name: of Ayaan Hirsi Magan.

Ms Ali Magan justifies her Islamophobia by the homophobia of some Muslims; basically of all Muslims, according to Ms Ali Magan.

Looking at Ms Ali Magan’s husband now, it seems more than ever that Ms Ali Magan pretends to support LGBTQ rights just as a pretext to attack Muslims.

From the Huffington Post in the USA:

Niall Ferguson: Keynesian Economics Flawed Because Keynes Was Gay, Childless

By Meredith Bennett-Smith

Posted: 05/04/2013 2:48 pm EDT | Updated: 05/04/2013 3:06 pm EDT

Harvard historian Niall Ferguson has apologized for remarks claiming John Maynard Keynes’ theory of economics was doomed to failure because Keynes himself was gay and childless.

Financial writer Tom Kostigen, the editor at large of Private Wealth and Financial Advisor magazines, reported Ferguson’s comments Friday on the Financial Advisor website:

Harvard Professor and author Niall Ferguson says John Maynard Keynes’ economic philosophy was flawed and he didn’t care about future generations because he was gay and didn’t have children.

Kostigen writes that Ferguson, speaking in front of hundreds of financial advisers and investors at the Tenth Annual Altegris Conference in Carlsbad, Calif., broached the subject in response to a question comparing Keynes’ theories and Edmund Burke‘s.

Burke had many children, Keynes had none, Ferguson reportedly said. And thus, Burke believed in a “social contract” that would endure for generations, while the childless, gay Keynes believed in a philosophy of self-interest.

Ferguson, “says it’s only logical that Keynes would take this selfish worldview because he was an ‘effete’ member of society,” Kostigen wrote. “Apparently, in Ferguson’s world, if you are gay or childless, you cannot care about future generations nor society.”

Kostigen went on to call Ferguson’s comments “gay-bashing,” “intellectually void,” and “vulgar,” saying they put “the full weight of the financial crisis on the gay community and the barren.”

On Twitter, senior editor at InvestmentNews Dan Jamieson confirmed the comments:

Others, including Felix Salmon from Reuters, were quick to condemn them:

In 2012, Ferguson was roundly criticized for an article he wrote for Newsweek on President Barack Obama’s administration. New York Times‘ columnist Paul Krugman called Ferguson’s representation of the Affordable Care Act “unethical,” at the time.

But he isn’t the first to make such comments when it comes to Keynes’ theories, according to Business Insider’s Executive Editor Joe Weisenthal.

“A lot of people have this idea that Keynes didn’t care about the future because of the famous line, ‘in the long run, we’re all dead,’ which people take to mean that the only thing that matters is the short term.”

But that line is taken out of context and the full quote says something entirely different, according to Weisenthal.

“In other words, [Keynes] is slamming economists for being sanguine about near-term troubles, merely because in the long term, stability and equilibrium will return,” Weisenthal writes.

In the New Yorker‘s review of Robert Skidelsky’s biography, “John Maynard Keynes: Fighting for Freedom,” Louis Menand notes that Skidelsky “is wisely inconclusive in assessing the bearing of Keynes’ sexuality on his economic views. Implicit in those views is a rather sharp distinction between public and private life, with private life given a nearly absolute priority.”

Business Insider’s Henry Blodget wrote that this might be the “first time we have heard a respectable academic tie another economist’s beliefs to his or her personal situation rather than his or her research.”

“Saying that Keynes’ economic philosophy was based on him being childless,” Blodget noted, “would be like saying that Ferguson’s own economic philosophy is based on him being rich and famous and therefore not caring about the plight of poor unemployed people.”

In Ferguson’s apology, posted to his website Saturday, he wrote that the comments “were as stupid as they were insensitive:”

By Joseph Patrick McCormick:

Less than 24 hours after being sworn in as a member of Italy’s new coalition government, a junior equalities minister has been removed from her post for saying that gay people invite discrimination by “ghettoising” themselves.

Michaela Biancofiore, was relocated to a new position after gay rights groups protested on Friday after Biancofiore, a parliamentarian from former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right People of Freedom Party, was appointed to the equalities ministry as an undersecretary.

The head of gay rights advocacy group Gaynet, said that she was “known for her statements against the rights of homosexual couples,” and went on to question the “logic” of appointing her to “work for civil rights, including those of homosexuals”.

Dutch philosopher says Ayaan Hirsi Ali should not have got the Beauvoir prize


Simone de Beauvoir with headscarf

Translated from the Dutch philosophical review Filosofie Magazine:

De Beauvoir specialist unhappy with prize for Hirsi Ali

Dutch De Beauvoir specialist Karen Vintgesis unhappy that Ayaan Hirsi Ali has won the Simone de Beauvoir prize.

‘Simone de Beauvoir is probably noisily turning in her grave right now. It is OK that Hirsi Ali opposes fundamentalism; however, it is not OK that she attacks all of Islam across the board. She helps to create an atmosphere in which seemingly each and every Muslim is dangerous; de Beauvoir definitely would not have wanted to have anything to do with such an atmosphere’, according to Karen Vintges, a philosopher at Amsterdam University.

The prize goes to women who, in the spirit of Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) work for women’s rights. …

In a letter to the editors of the French review Nouvelles Questions Féministes, founded in 1981 by Simone de Beauvoir, Karen Vintges explained her objections to awarding this prize to Hirsi Ali. In a short interview, she explains her objections further. ‘The kind of feminism, established in France now, pretends that oppression of women is something still only happening in non-western cultures. Also, Ayaan Hirsi Ali stands for a kind of feminism which sees western [neo-]liberalism as the only way to liberation. For many Muslim women, this kind of views are an obstacle, rather than a help towards emancipation. De Beauvoir would have been very critical about the claims of western [neo-]liberalism of bringing freedom on a world scale. She was allergic to imperialism and colonialism. She was one of the first French intellectuals resisting the French wars in Vietnam and Algeria.’

Apologists for the Algerian war in the 1950s used to say that the war had to be waged as the enemies supposedly were ‘backward Muslims’.

She would have been much more suspicious about the way people in France and other West European countries think about headscarves of Muslim women and girls. Simone de Beauvoir would, on the contrary, have supported an inclusive feminism, giving Muslim feminists a voice from their own culture. These other voices have been around for a long time; however, you hardly hear them in the Dutch press.

Not just on this blog, there is one of various photos of Simone de Beauvoir with headscarf. Proving once again that headscarves often do not have anything to do with professing Islam; let alone with professing ‘fundamentalist’ Islam.

Feminism, imperialism, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan: here.

Alain Badiou: here. And here.

Big Oil paying global warming negationist junk scientists


This 2015 video from the USAis called Exxon Researched Climate Change in 1977.

From Think Progress blog in the USA:

Oil Lobby Offers $10,000 Payments To Global Warming Deniers To Push Back On Climate Study

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the most authoritative group on global warming, will report on Friday that it is “very likely” that human activities were the main cause of warming in the past 50 years.

Prominent global warming deniers, such as Rush Limbaugh and Sen. James Inhofe, have already been downplaying the report and contravening the science.

But the Guardian reports that there is a more orchestrated movement going on below the radar to confound the public about the IPCC’s report.

The oil lobby is so desperate to push back on the new climate change report that they have been offering to pay global warming skeptics to speak out:

Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world’s largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today.

Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Travel expenses and additional payments were also offered.

[…]

The letters were sent by Kenneth Green, a visiting scholar at AEI, who confirmed that the organisation had approached scientists, economists and policy analysts to write articles for an independent review that would highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the IPCC report.

AEI has received more than $1.6 million from ExxonMobil.

The well-heeled oil lobby is a primary reason why doubt still exists in the general public about the cause of global warming.

As Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth pointed out, despite the fact that no peer-reviewed scientific articles published in recent years express any doubt that climate change is happening, more than 50 percent of news media coverage of the issue includes the oil industry’s position on the subject.

Record profits for Big Oil: here.

The American Enterprise Institute of fraud corporation Enron; of gay bashing gay prostituteJeff Gannon‘ (real name: Jim Guckert; see also here) …

Of ‘Ayaan Hirsi Ali‘ (Ayaan Hirsi Magan).

Who claimed to base her attacks on Islam, including attacking its prophet Muhammad as a ‘paedophile’, on her support of gay people and women … now she is on the payroll of the queer bashers and feminist bashers of the AEI, which shows how ‘sincere’ she really is.

Criticism of Ms ‘Ali’ was voiced in the Times Literary Supplement by Maria Golia.

More criticism of Ayaan, in The Economist: here.

AEI queer bashers including Lynne Cheney, wife of Dick Cheney, not averse to writing the lesbian porn novel Sisters, to make some money in between anti gay hate-mongering …

On Lynne and Dick Cheney’s lesbian daughter Mary: here.

Minister: MP Ayaan Hirsi ‘Ali’ ‘legally was never Dutch’. Conflict in party. AEI


Dutch banner against Minister Verdonk's anti refugees policies: 'send her back to prison', where she used to be director

Yesterday, hardline Rightist Dutch immigration minister, Ms Rita Verdonk, decided that MP Ayaan Hirsi ‘Ali’ (not her real name) legally had never been a Dutch national, as she had lied on her name, birth date, etc.

This decision divided the VVD political party of both Verdonk and ‘Ali’.

VVD MP De Vries accused Minister Verdonk of having ‘blood on her hands’.

Ms Verdonk had been accused of this earlier, when eleven imprisoned refugees died by fire in Schiphol refugee prison.

Then, Ms Verdonk, though in other contexts claiming to be pro free speech, had sent police to stop banners suggesting she had blood on her hands.

She then had support of VVD MP’s, including De Vries and ‘Ali’.

Ms ‘Ali’ today at a press conference resigned as an MP.

She said punishing refugees with loss of nationality for lying was too hard a punishment in all cases, not just hers.

However, as I said, in other, earlier, cases ‘Ali’ supported Ms Verdonk’s hardline policies.

She wanted Ms Verdonk to be party leader, saying “I am crazy about Rita!’

Pollsters say the popularity of the VVD party is down.

More about ‘Ali”s new employer, the American Enterprise Institute:

● Most of AEI’s Board of Directors are CEOs of major companies, including ExxonMobil, Motorola, American Express, State Farm Insurance, and Dow Chemicals.

● Big donors include the top conservative foundations, including Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Olin Foundation, the Scaife Foundation, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

● Corporate supporters have included: General Electric Foundation, Amoco, Kraft Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, General Motors Foundation, Eastman Kodak Foundation, Metropolitan Life Foundation, Proctor & Gamble Fund, Shell Companies Foundation, Chrysler Corporation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, General Mills Foundation, Pillsbury Company Foundation, Prudential Foundation, American Express Foundation, AT&T Foundation, Corning Glass Works Foundation, Morgan Guarantee Trust, Smith-Richardson Foundation, Alcoa Foundation, and PPG Industries.

● Kenneth Lay, CEO of Enron, was until recently on the board of trustees of American Enterprise Institute. Other famous former trustees include Vice President Dick Cheney.”[1]

Krysten Crawford, CNN/Money staff writer NEW YORK (CNN/Money):

“Lay surren­ders to authorities – Ex-Enron CEO turns himself in after indictment, pleads not guilty in massive accounting fraud. Ex-Enron Chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay surrendered to authorities Thursday after being indicted in what experts called the centerpiece of the government’s crackdown on the scandals that have rocked corporate America. In the 11-count indictment, Lay was accused of lying to the public, investors and Enron employees in charges that include securities and wire fraud and making false statements.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and was released on $500,000 bail.[2]

[1] People For the American Way – American Enterprise Institute

[2] Enron’s Lay surrenders to FBI after indictment – Jul. 12, 2004

David Horowitz, Feminist? The oppression of Muslim women is a major theme among the Islamofascistly aware. If only they felt the same about other women on earth. By Katha Pollitt.