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This issue, we revive the tradition of highlighting the world’s greatest thinkers. And throughout the magazine, you’ll find writers determined to make sense of senseless times

When leaders wallow in wilful ignorance, it’s time to worry. Mao stoked rebellion against scholarship, and Hitler disdained Einstein’s thought as “Jewish speculation.” Mercifully, no British politician, nor even President Trump, is aping them yet. But the American right’s disdain for climate science threatens the world. Meanwhile, over here, the posturing pretence that “political will” can somehow dissolve all the problems that experts identify in a chaotic crash out of the EU strikes me as dangerous too.

Viewed as a group, “the intellectuals” can sometimes be as blinkered and self-serving as…

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