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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Noam Chomsky Leads

Noam Chomsky heads in the top-intellectuals poll conducted by Prospect magazine. Go vote here.
I voted for Chomsky, Paul Krugman and Amartya Sen (5 votes allowed max) and entered Arundhati Roy's name in the "bonus ball" option. Its an irony of the times that the likes of Chomsky are pitted with scum-bags like Paul Wolfowitz.

Also, The BBC has been asking visitors to pick a team to run the world among a list of one hundred political leaders, economists and thinkers. Without any sort of mainstream media coverage (or assistance from chomsky.info!), Noam managed to get to the 4th place, just below Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton(???) and the Dalai Lama. By comparison, George W. Bush ranked #43, below Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, who ranked #33 and #36 respectively. As the article announcing the results acknowledged, "[p]erhaps the biggest surprise was the success of the American linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky, who came fourth."


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