Ignatieff's bragging rights
Just in time for his 61st birthday tomorrow, Deputy Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff (seen at right in April) has made it to Foreign Policy magazine's Top-100 list of public intellectuals.
Ignatieff's not the only Canadian connection on the prestigious list -- New Yorker writer and author Malcolm Gladwell's there, as well as Lee Smolin, a physicist at Waterloo's Perimeter Institute.
But he is the only Canadian politician.
Foreign Policy, published out of the U.S. by the Carnegie Endowment, is asking readers to narrow down the Top-100 list to just five leading intellectuals. So technically, Ignatieff is still merely a finalist in a cast that the magazine describes this way:
"They are some of the world’s most introspective philosophers and rabble-rousing clerics. A few write searing works of fiction and uncover the mysteries of the human mind. Others are at the forefront of modern finance, politics, and human rights."
Foreign Policy doesn't say whether Ignatieff made the list because of his introspection or because of his rabble-rousing.
Other international notables on the Foreign Policy list include the Pope, chessmaster Garry Kasparov, France's Jacques Attali and Thomas Friedman, the NY Times columnist and author of the renowned books The World is Flat and The Lexus and the Olive Tree.
A hat tip to Liberal blogger Keith Torrie for noting Ignatieff's presence on the newly released list.