A claim by Tyler Cowan that Andrew Sullivan is the most influential public intellectual in the past 25 years. Really? It could be true, I suppose. You would have to have your finger on the pulse of influence in the great influence-o-rama of our modern world. Sigh. Who wants to do that? The comments include other suggestions -- Paul Krugman gets a lot of mentions. Really? Do we at least get to see how Japan works out before we declare that spending huge amounts of money we don't have is such a great idea.