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‘Not all academics are irrelevant’


 

As Susan Delacourt notes, though the magazine is apparently not a close watcher of Canadian polling, Michael Ignatieff has come in at #64 on Foreign Policy’s list of global thinkers. It’s unclear whether this represents a drop from his standing last year, when a reader poll by Prospect magazine ranked Mr. Ignatieff the 34th most intellectual intellectual.


 

‘Not all academics are irrelevant’

  1. Academic and intellectual are NOT interchangeable terms. One is required to think "inside the box" one is not. Which category does Mr. Ignatieff fall into?

    • Obviously the latter. He hasn't been an academic since 1984.

  2. maybe whoever was polled for Iggy heard how he was doing in politics and gave him the ol thumbs down just like canadians are!

    • Clearly you didn't take the time necessary to digest the article in your haste to post something insulting about Ignatieff.

      I guess that would be called "post haste…"

      That or you just don't understand what those words mean.

  3. The first line of Foreign Policy's blurb:

    Poised to become Canadian prime minister next year, only five years after leaving Harvard University's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Ignatieff is out to prove the relevance of academia — and big ideas — in politics.

    I-r-o-n-y!

  4. I love the bit about being poised for the PM's job = ROFL!

  5. Ironic choice of dates to dissemble with doncha think? Are you with the MINISTRY OF TRUTH?

  6. Nothing like the words "academic," "intellectual" and "influential" to get the know-nothings all angried up.

  7. In clinical terms I believe that is known as cognitive dissonance, believing two mutally exclusive ideas at once. See the Mitchell post above.

    I do think though that many of the left/center types are beginning to understand that something doesn't quite add up in their internal narratives. I know it took me nearly ten years to shed my early Marxist indoctrination form University.

    When you begin to gore your own sacred cows "the scales fall from your eyes".

  8. Cute reference, except that I'm not dissembling.

  9. In the meantime, I'm in no hurry to correct their cognitive dissonance. I actually like Mr. Ignatieff as the leader of the LPC. It makes life easier for the rest of us.

    But I think Jack Mitchell has it right. He's a celebrity intellectual rather than an academic. Still don't know what that means in terms of how smart he is.

  10. No kidding, the further Ignatieff slides on Foreign Policy's list of global thinkers, the more electable he'll become.

  11. I'm seeing a CBC series here, "celebrity intellectuals" are paired with academics to debate moot points and "visioneer" a brave new world where they will " prove the relevance of academia — and big ideas — in politics. " (sorry I just couln't resist)

  12. 4 days ago = OTTAWA, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Canada's governing Conservative Party has maintained a 10-point lead in popular support despite intense opposition attacks over its handling of Afghan detainees, a large poll released on Thursday showed.The Ekos poll showed Conservative support up slightly to 36.9 percent from 36.6 percent two weeks earlier, and the Liberal Party, the biggest opposition party, up to 27.1 percent from 26.6 percent."The Conservatives' strength is very solid," Ekos President Frank Graves said

  13. canadians appear to have resolved the dissonance = 4 days ago = OTTAWA, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Canada's governing Conservative Party has maintained a 10-point lead in popular support despite intense opposition attacks over its handling of Afghan detainees, a large poll released on Thursday showed.The Ekos poll showed Conservative support up slightly to 36.9 percent from 36.6 percent two weeks earlier, and the Liberal Party, the biggest opposition party, up to 27.1 percent from 26.6 percent."The Conservatives' strength is very solid," Ekos President Frank Graves said

  14. Most academics are irrelevant to the Conservatives, unless they work in the political science department at the University of Calgary. The Cons go out of their way to completely ignore academic research on criminology, economics, climate change, foreign affairs, …

  15. Couldn't resist looking like a total oaf?

  16. And the sequel – Stupid People Really Like Stupid People ! (sorry, I couldn't resist).

  17. Better re-think your logo sis, you're pushing your boulder to the right:)

  18. Is The Globe still deleting your comments?

  19. "I know it took me nearly ten years to shed my early Marxist indoctrination form University."

    How much longer to the rest of us have to suffer from you guys and your slacking off at university?

  20. At least until you graduate from York/U of R/SFU. Almost sound like kcm has a new handle…

  21. With Copenhagen fast approaching we can only hope they keep it up.

  22. I don't think you can call Tom Flanagan a serious academic when his main job these days seems to be the designated government apologist. It's a sad day when a "conservative" thinker promotes using taxpayers' money for partisan advertisement.

  23. He's the only man in the CPC who doesn't need or want a Senate seat.

  24. Yeah peter, it sure pays off to ignore very intelligent people who have spent a lot of time thinking about difficult problems. Sheesh.

  25. Hey, not so fast. My Liberal friends still believe it.

  26. Sure. The party of skaters, not wafflers, are just full of big ideas. Whatever next will they do to show us their love for policies, abstain from HST vote?

  27. Maybe they know something the rest of us don't know. And that Harper does, seeing as how rattled and frazzled he's looked lately.

  28. digested thoroughly and recycled completely

  29. right comment board progenitors are the ones to keep your eyes on.

  30. Gosh, don't be proud now. Cons idea of being a thinker and successful is to be able to order a coffee and Timbits and be able to count the money to pay for it.