I got into a bit of a Twitter dispute yesterday as to whether or not until-recently President of Colombia Alvaro Uribe is “underrated.” Sadly, it was hard to get a grips on the issue because nobody publishes goofy ordinal ranking lists of best statesmen. Whenever such lists come out (of best presidents, best movies, best albums, whatever) people complain about the arbitrariness of it all. But the reality is that such lists allow us to talk about who’s over-rated and who’s underrated.
My view is that the greatest statesman of our time is Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who I also feel confident calling the most underrated statesman simply because I don’t constantly see people pointing out the fact that he’s the greatest statesman of our time.
At the very bottom, you really can’t beat Kim Jong-Il. I want to say that Angela Merkel is overrated (and increasingly so as the Germany economy recovers nicely) but of course I can’t actually prove that anyone is rating her highly. Hence, somebody needs to publish these rankings. Sounds like a job for Foreign Policy magazine.