Our Greatest Living Public Intellectual

Having listened to some 100 hours of “rabbi” Jonathan Haidt I’ve come to this conclusion. (Yes, the usual scratched record names will be proffered along with the activist wannabes, but their time is now over, and long overdue at that — advocacy is not inquiry!). Haidt has the empirical credentials, the philosophical credentials and equally importantly he has a very appealing modest disposition. He’s a beautifully elegant speaker and is mordantly funny, a cultural diagnostician in the tradition of Walker Percy. Haidt is not your standard snide protectionist ideologue — he’s way too bright and intellectually honest for that conceit. Feeling the heat, the illiberal forces of darkness are already casting aspersions on the Heterodox Academy.