It's time to spin the Big Wheel for April Fools' Day! Who will it be this year? Amity Shlaes? Doug Henwood? Donald Luskin? John Cochrane? David Graeber?... No! The Big Wheel stops on... Niall Ferguson.
There is truly a wealth of material here. Let's start with:
...to mean whatever he wants them to. Last year, you may recall, he jaw-droppingly doctored a CBO quote to change its meaning entirely. The year before that, he argued economists had it all wrong, and that "yes, folks, double-digit inflation is back"--with his "proof" coming from a well-known conspiracy website. It'd be as if I told Ferguson his history was wrong, because it ignored the collected works of Dan Brown...
:Niall Ferguson "Quos Deus Vult Perdere, Prius Dementat" Weblogging...: Niall Ferguson... (1999) [writes]:
Though [John Maynard Keynes's] work at the Treasury gratified his sense of self-importance, the war itself made Keynes deeply unhappy. Even his sex life went into a decline, perhaps because the boys he liked to pick up in London all joined up...