Who Are the “Top Thinkers” of 2019?

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Is Martha Nussbaum the top thinker of 2019?

Prospect magazine wants you to help them choose the best public intellectual of 2019.  Readers can choose from fifty nominees, including  Ta-Nehisi Coates, Niall Ferguson, Jonathan Haidt, Katherine Hayhoe, Martha Nussbaum, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, J.D. Vance, and George Soros.

Vote here.

2 thoughts on “Who Are the “Top Thinkers” of 2019?

  1. Great Moments in Unintentional Comedy: AOC on a non-satirical short list of “the world’s leading thinkers.”

    Where is this world, and how many light years distant is it from our solar system?


  2. While the nominees are clearly accomplished, Haidt is closest to addressing root causes for some top crises. Absence of IDW (Intellectual Dark Web) is disappointing—why not Ben Shapiro to balance AOC/Saikat Chakrabarti (forgiving Shapiro’s failure to properly interrogate David Barton).

    Perhaps it is unfair to conflate “top thinkers” with “public intellectuals,” but the list brought to mind:
    Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline, Richard A Posner, 2001
    Google Books: “The author argues that the quality of writing and thinking of public intellectuals has steadily declined over the past seven decades, and offers some reasons why, as well as proposals for improving the standards of public discourse.”

    Maybe it is appropriate for “top thinkers” to diagnose and study suicides of despair; tragically, “public intellectuals” weren’t up to the task of diverting society from that path.


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