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Monday, October 24, 2005

Getting in line

The Guardian editorial, October 24:

"He may be a lurid shade of yellow, addicted to Duff beer and one of the least responsible staff at Springfield nuclear power station, but Homer Simpson deserves his new accolade of top philosopher in a magazine poll of leading men of the current decade. His antics are often deplorable and few real-life women would envy the role of his saintly wife, Marge, but Homer is established as a character of the first rank in the long history of fiction."

Any thoughts on the "leading [philosopher] men of the current decade?"

My local picks are Greens leader Bob Brown and human rights lawyer and activist Julian Burnside.

My international picks are (deceased) Palestinian thinker Edward Said and journalist Seymour Hersh, a fine investigator and believer in pulling back the mask of power and cronyism in American government.

Perhaps I should have a younger person, too. How about Radiohead's irreplaceable Thom Yorke? A worthy contender.


Blogger Pete's Blog said...


Its tough to choose because eveyone has human foibles and I'm somewhat cynical about human nature.

Bob Brown is not bad because he dares to be different and is not part of the Coalition/ALP axis of rusty ideas.

Over this Iraqi invasion tragedy I would pick Andrew Wilkie for sacrificing a safe career for his principles and to let it be known before the invasion that it was based on lies. He is not conveniently wise after the event like so many analysts (particularly in the US and UK).

On the international stage Helen Clarke for showing women can be decent leaders and she's maintained NZ's anti-nuclear weapon policy.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 12:02:00 am  
Blogger Shay said...

Actually, Bob Brown isn't the Greens Leader. It's part of the Greens' policy not to have parliamentary leaders - he is merely the most senior senator and, I'm sure all would agree, the most vocal.

Good call on Thom Yorke too - he got me onto reading Naomi Klein and George Monbiot from magazine interviews etc, both huge influences on me now.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 9:49:00 am  
Blogger anthony said...

Robert Nozick.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 2:44:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

I'll pay that, Anthony. Good work.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 8:49:00 pm  

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