I find Malcolm Gladwell's articles in The New Yorker readable and diverting, but I always have the sense that he is trying to convince me of something that I know is untrue, using devious and facile arguments. I have given up arguing with my wife (who thinks he's great and has read several of his books) about it, but I knew deep down that he must be evil.
Now, having googled the terms "malcolm gladwell facile," I came across this extensive post by Yves Smith detailing his past dealings with various far-right organizations, and his ethically challenged writing on behalf of the tobacco, pharmaceutical, and financial industries. All while taking massive speaking fees for addressing various industry groups. In short, this guy is just as corrupt as I always suspected.
About this blog:
What if they held a class war and nobody noticed? For decades, liberals and progressives have been bashed for conducting a "class war" every time they suggest that it would be appropriate for the extremely wealthy to shoulder a bit more of the burden of paying for government. Meanwhile, a swarm of far-right think-tanks and political action committees have been working tirelessly to promote the idea that taxes on the wealthy should be lowered further from their historic lows, and that entitlement programs such as social security and medicare are too expensive to sustain (and in any case, immoral). The latest attempts to delegitimize public employee unions are the logical next step in what genuinely appears to be the systematic dismantlement of the middle class. This blog will highlight some of the more extreme examples of this activity that may not always show up in your news feeds.