No, not John McCain — Robert Stacy McCain, wingnut extraordinaire and first class bigot on nearly every issue. In the wake of Niall Ferguson’s vile statements about John Maynard Keynes, McCain offers this utterly moronic take on the situation. Explaining why he isn’t on the Harvard faculty, he says:
Besides the fact that all I’ve got is a bachelor’s degree from a third-tier state university, there’s also the problem that I don’t think it’s necessary to apologize for saying bad things about dead bisexual British economists, which is now apparently taboo. You can badmouth dead people or defame the British or libel an economist unless any of them happen to be bisexual, in which case, they are beyond reproach.
Seriously? That’s what you take away from the situation? Then you’re either a liar or a moron. No one is saying that Keynes is “beyond reproach” and can’t be criticized. Other economists, including Ferguson, have criticized Keynes on his economic theories for decades and no one has ever reacted the way they have to his disgusting comments about Keynes not caring about the future because he’s gay.
Niall Ferguson says, in effect, “John Maynard Keynes was a bad economist who was wrong about everything and also, he was gay, which might be relevant to the problem.” OUTRAGE!
Well, here you go: Jeffrey Dahmer was a serial killer and a cannibal, and also, he was gay, which might be relevant to the problem.
Except it isn’t relevant to the problem in either case. And any rational, decent person would know that. You don’t have to worry about saying goodbye to your Harvard appointment; you’ve already said goodbye to any claim to be taken seriously.