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To mark our 100th issue, we have invented a Prospect parlour game – name your favourite public intellectuals. We have drawn up a list of 100 and want you readers to select your five favourites from the list (see page p22 for details). Some of you will think this is populist nonsense; more worryingly, many of our regular contributors will be hacked off that they themselves are not on the list – apologies to you all, position 101 was a very crowded one.

For all its arbitrariness and subjectivity, the list is more than a game. It illustrates some big…

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