Agence France-PresseMay 4, 2013 18:00
British historian Niall Ferguson apologized Saturday for remarks suggesting that economist John Maynard Keynes didn't care about future generations because he was gay and childless.
The academic and author, a professor at Harvard University, described as "stupid" the comments at a conference in California last Thursday, made in an "off-the-cuff" answer following a presentation.
He said he was asked about Keynes' famous observation that "In the long run we are all dead." A blogger present posted a transcript on the remarks, while other attendees also voiced surprise.