|Once commissioned a Saturday Night article from me|
As Clark and Colley suggest, Prospect is British, and though the list is pretty global, there is a good sprinkling of "famous in London" types. The fifty were chosen by a vote of readers, and they must be kinda lefty -- and a little unconventional. Russell Brand is number four? I loved Get Him to the Greek, but come on!
Number one is Thomas Piketty, go figure. Two is Yanis Varoufakis, the economist in the leather jacket from the new Greek government, and five is Paul Krugman.
Update,April 4: Tom Bergbusch writes:
It has to be noted that Varoufakis is notable, among many other achievements, for having utterly demolished Piketty’s theories, which deliberately conflate capital and wealth! Other progressive economists, including Varoufakis’s frequent collaborator, James Galbraith, and Michael Hudson have seconded Varoufakis’s argument, which details neatly the history of economic thought.Piketty is unfashionable already? That was fast!
In case you are interested, I attach Varoufakis’s article (one can skip the equations), and [...] Hudson’s piece..