Jan Helfeld, The Socratic Imperative, and Testing Principles

            Jan Helfeld is an independent journalist using peculiar tactics while interviewing government and media figures.  Helfeld merely asks simple questions, and while most interviews start off smoothly, the Socratic Impretive slowly exposes the interviewee's lack of consistency.  

            For example:  "Do you believe in government-forced redistribution of wealth?"

            While most would say no, Helfeld goes on to ask about farm subsidies and foreign aid–forms of redistribution that people often find themselves in favor of, despite contradicting themselves by claiming a stance against redistribution.  Congressman Gerald Connolly is interviewed below.

 

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