The world is in deep, deep trouble

Forget everything I’ve said defending public intellectuals. I’ve just seen Foreign Policy/Prospect magazine’s latest list of the top 100 public intellectuals. Rather than quibble with the definition/ranking methodology, let’s take the list as gospel. This is the graphic that scares me: publicintellectuals.gif If political scientists — perhaps, God forbid, American political scientists — are the ...

By , a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
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Forget everything I've said defending public intellectuals. I've just seen
Foreign Policy/Prospect
magazine's latest list of the top 100 public intellectuals. Rather than quibble with the definition/ranking methodology, let's take the list as gospel. This is the graphic that scares me: If political scientists -- perhaps, God forbid, American political scientists -- are the modal group in the category of powerful public intellectuals, then we are all officially f#$&ed.

Forget everything I’ve said defending public intellectuals. I’ve just seen
Foreign Policy/Prospect
magazine’s latest list of the top 100 public intellectuals. Rather than quibble with the definition/ranking methodology, let’s take the list as gospel. This is the graphic that scares me: publicintellectuals.gif

publicintellectuals.gif
If political scientists — perhaps, God forbid, American political scientists — are the modal group in the category of powerful public intellectuals, then we are all officially f#$&ed.

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he is the co-director of the Russia and Eurasia Program. Twitter: @dandrezner

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