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David Gergen of CNN refuses to answer fundamental questions

David Gergen, CNN TV commentator and Harvard professor, refuses to answer fundamental questions about our political system. He will not answer whether you can live well if other people can legally gang up on you and forcefully take your money? He will not answer whether the Declaration of Independence contains a limited government view or does it support the view that the government should redistribute its citizens wealth? Nor will he answer whether other people's children should have a legal right to your money? Gergen does not want to answer any of these questions, that he calls philosophical, and decides to leave. Part 4


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Gergen is Nobody

David Gergen is nobody, but he helps shape opinions of people listening to CNN. He is also a member of the Bohemian Club (listen to Alex Jones) which he refused to answer questions about. Almost seems like a pattern for him. He usually sounds measured, making you believe you will get an honest opinion. How sad.

David Gergen secretly rules

David Gergen secretly rules the world!!! Should I tell him or will you?

Who cares? David Gergen is

Who cares? David Gergen is nobody.

David Gergen is just a

David Gergen is just a brainwashed person like so many, and is vigorously trying to defend his brainwashed positions. I think we have all been there (more or hopefully a lot LESS)..

look these interviews

are uncomfortably repetitive. yes it does expose them for being dodgers, frauds, and cheats but we already knew that.

This one was better than usual, but i just dont feel good after having watched it.

I just think this space could be used for something more productive. like true delegate counts. states that delegate can abstain in the first round.

Card Carrying Socialists

These are the people who created the debt problem, and they still remain as loyal to Marxism today as they've been for most of their lives.

They can't answer questions concerning the constitutionality of their position, they've never read the constitution and don't intend to...they want to do away with it. Once Washington is cleaned out, we have to remain vigilant that people like this never darken the landscape again.

Found this comment which may interest you

The goal of socialism is communism.
Vladimir Lenin

Lord Acton, Lord Chief Justice of England, 1875 - "The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the People v. The Banks."

Jan the Man!

Jan's interviews are the best! I love the way he exposes the flaws and logic gaps in the interviewees fundamental thinking. The way he does it is pure genius. By using sound arguments in a logical, emotionless fashion he's able to get the the interviewee to recognize the fact that they have no underlying principle on which to guide their decision making. When this happens, the person being interviewed often becomes flustered and ends the interview. Sometimes I don't think they even realize that there is a flaw in their logic until Jan is able to point it out to them. I wish TV news 'journalists' would adopt this technique for their interviews. Anyway, keep up the amazing work, Jan!

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Thank you for your support and praise.

Thank you for your support and praise.

Jan Helfeld

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Thank you for your support and praise.

Thank you for your support and praise.

Jan Helfeld

Thank you Jan for your unique and excellent work

I think the people who say it's annoying that Jan appears to "badger" the interviewee are missing the point.

The people he's interviewing are professional question-dodgers. They normally get away with dodging the question because no one with a press pass is willing to call them out on their dodging. Jan is basically doing what each of us wants to do when we see these people on TV -- to say "you haven't answered the question, and we will NOT move on to the next question and pretend you've given a real answer!"

A lot of interviewers will try to subtly "repeat" a question by reframing it and hoping for a different answer. Prosecutors do this too. Problem is, when you're dealing with professional question-dodgers, they're too clever for this.

Jan tries to politely repeat his questions by saying things like "I'm trying to get at the principle, and here's that principle I'm getting at and my particular question."

The practice of refusing to accept non-answers to interview questions has been done less politely by people like Jeremy Paxman, in this incredibly entertaining interview: http://youtu.be/Uwlsd8RAoqI?t=2m20s (I queued it up to where the fun starts)

I'm sure there's room for improvement on Jan's work but I think he does an amazing job and I think this is one of those things where it's not nearly as easy as it looks. Just by the nature of the kind of interviews Jan is doing, it's a given that a lot of his interviews are going to flame out, as well as that he'll need to trial-and-error things a bit. But if you look at the "best of" reel of Jan's interviews, he has captured some amazing interactions that really expose so much.

My favorite are his interviews with the congressional black caucus trying to defend the claim that their rule of not allowing "full membership" to non-black members is somehow not a form of racism.

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Thank you for your support and praise.

Thank you for your support and praise.

Jan Helfeld


I agree with you on only one point, it's unique alright.

It is better to look dumb and not be, than to look smart and not be.

Words That Every Interviewee Of Jan's Speaks In No Time Flat

"I'm sorry. That's all the time I have."

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

Jan, here's a fun idea to

Jan, here's a fun idea to consider: ask them at the beginning of the interview how much time they have available to speak with you. Then, when they claim they're out of time 5 minutes in and they told you 15 minutes, they'll need a different excuse. :)

I already made another comment praising Jan, but I want to add to that, I think what he does is incredibly brave and I can't imagine what it takes to go out and do what he does, let alone to do it as well as he does. He's basically waging a one-man war, that takes a lot of heart and nerves of steel.

Thank you Jan

These interviews are one of the best parts of the Daily Paul--please keep them coming.

Don't listen to the people who are making blanket criticisms--they definitely don't speak for everyone. Thank you very much for doing these.

Hey GOP, where's my vote?

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Thank you for your support and praise.

Thank you for your support and praise.

Jan Helfeld

I appreciate this style and method of exposing hypocrits.

It's natural that many of those being interviewed by Jan, will squirm and dodge the big question, by giving very slippery answers.

Is it it really that hard for them to just come out and say "yes I'm against redistribution in theory, but not in practice."

Is it really that hard? They are so afraid of being honest. These interviews go the way they go, because the person being interviewed twists and contorts to avoid the truth. Most of those interviewed are hypocrites or spineless establishment mouthpieces.

What might help some viewers is if Jan interviews a few honest, and consistent individuals, who don't talk like politicians, so that we can see examples of someone speaking candidly and honestly, while remaining consistent.

It would be fun to contrast side by side, the slick talking inconsistent hypocrites with a few intellectually honest, and consistently principled individuals.

For example, Jan could interview Tom Woods, and then we could see side by side, the snakes dodging like David Gergen, while a philosophically consistent Tom Woods would answer forthrightly.

Helfeld badgers and talks over the people he interviews.

And we're wasting valuable space here on the DailyPaul. We need this space to help the Ron Paul revolution. We don't need to advertise helfeld's badgering of journalists. It means nothing and I'm sick of hearing him ask the same questions over and over to people who are gracious enough to sit for an interview with this nobody. No one knows who he is or what the heck The Bottom Line is.

Did helfeld pay to advertise on this site? Enough already. We're doing ourselves a disservice if we keep him on page 1 and if we allow the Ron Paul movement to be so closely associated with this guy. He reflects badly on us.

Ignore the media's lies and propaganda.

Don't agree at all

Jan is great at confronting and exposing the hypocrisy of those in power.

You are entitled to your opinion but I think is a great asset to this movement.

Lord Acton, Lord Chief Justice of England, 1875 - "The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the People v. The Banks."



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Is he badgering or is he wrong?

If there's a flaw in his logic I'd love to hear if. The reason it sounds like badgering is because those being interviewed aren't used to having to answer real questions and not just scripted dialogues. He doesn't ask a question twice if it's answered once.

As for if there's room or if he pays, that's m. Nystroms business, and many of us happen to really enjoy watching him make these scumbags squirm under the weight of their hypocrisy.

Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito

I don't understand why people like this guy.

And yes Jan seems to ask the same questions over again in the same interview. He even dis-respectively talks over the interviewee. Kind of obnoxious in my opinion. His question make him seem like a simpleton. And yes, since I know Jan's interview style I have skipped watching some of his interviews. Some of them have been powerful and to the point, but on most of them he is just badgering the victim. Most of his interviews go nowhere and seem pointless.

It is better to look dumb and not be, than to look smart and not be.


First of all, the people who he interviews are not generally gracious--they are typically shills that sold us the Iraq War, among other things, who deserve what they get. And they typically only do interviews for a fat paycheck.

If you have videos of more important things you are doing for the Liberty Movement, please post them so we can enjoy them too.

Hey GOP, where's my vote?

Great interview Mr. Helfeld

I know some people are a little put off by your style, but if they want a journalist who just stays on the same old talking points treadmill, they have many alternatives. The principle is what matters. You can never escape the loop of reasoning once you've conceded that something bad is good some of the time, and not good other times. I like that you forbid those being interviewed to use logical fallacies or emotion-based arguments.

Also, why are your guests always running out of time, or late to be somewhere else? If I didn't know better, I'd say they were trying to escape...

Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito

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Thank you for your support and praise.

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Jan Helfeld

Well....I actually agree with Gergen here

Even though I despise David Gergen as a political hack, Warmonger, and Bohemian Club psychopath, I actually agree with the point Gergen makes here:

The great inequity of our society is not that the filthy rich people are abused too much by high taxes. The great inequity is that the current system allows the rich and powerful to escape paying taxes altogether, (Exxon-Mobile for example, which made $300 Billion in profits and pays zero in taxes) -- while putting all the real tax burden on the backs of the middle-class and the poor (through regressive taxes, fees, and tolls, plus our Court/Legal system).

We have a Country where the poor get poorer by the day, the rich get richer, the poverty rate gets larger, and the gap between the CEOs and the "workers" gets wider and wider. The standard of living for most all Americans has gone down, by the current system.

So clearly the problem is not that the wealthy rich people are mistreated and having their money stolen to pay for the poor. That is a fiction, and a fantasy that just doesn't exist in America (which is on its way to becoming a third-world nation).

The truth is the most all of us are getting our money stolen to line the pockets of filthy-rich Bankers, Goldman Sachs executives, Wall-Street, Foreign Banks, Foreign Governments, War Contractors, etc. And the poor get terribly screwed and find what little "benefits" they thought they had get either totally stripped away or put first on the chopping-block, while the Rich people are always protected, and get all the real government welfare, the tax breaks, and legal system rules made in their favor -- to Protect them, and them alone.

Simply put the wealthy top 1% get all the breaks, and the rest of society is robbed blind.

So complaining about the plight of the rich people is not the answer here.


There is one set of rules in place for for the rich and powerful, and another completely different set for the masses. America is an Oligarchy, and a Fascist Corporatocrasy that serves only the rich.

That all sounds very nice, but...

Anyone who makes a salary say of $500.000 or more per year is not a 9-5 clock puncher. They usually own and have built their own businesses and operations, many times from scratch such as Bill Gates. So the first reality is to understand and accept it that the end user of all products and services are paying all the costs of bringing them to the point of purchase. Every cost, from start to finish(sale) is incorporated in its purchase price. If you do not accept this fact, you need to brain surgery!
Now, whether you are a hourly wage earner or a company owner or executive, everything that is paid out is considered the "cost" of doing business. Whether it is the "cost" of raw materials or machines or unemployment insurance or utilities or salaries or company yachts, regulatory compliance, local, state or federal tax burdens, the total of costs is spread out and included in the selling price of whatever the company markets. I am not listing many other "costs" that I could easily list here! Have you ever owned a business? Made a payroll? Hired and fired employees? Been fined by "regulators"?
Once all the "costs" to produce the widget is determined, it is then marked up to recover the "cost" plus some amount of profit that adds to the company's cash on hand position or after-tax "net profit". If a person earning a high salary has his net pay reduced by a tax increase, he/she will respond by asking for & often getting a pay increase sufficient to offset his/her reduction in net take home pay. This increased amount is now a higher "cost" to the business and the products it produces. The price of the products or services they offer is then raised to preserve the after-tax profits of the company. The end user pays higher prices at the point of sale. So once again, the end user pays all costs of all products or services in the market.
Here is the reality that no one seems willing to face: companies do not pay taxes. They are really "tax forwarders". The buyer of a car for instance, pays all the state, local, federal, Medicaid, SSI, Medicare with-holdings of every employee that had ANYTHING to do with making that automobile. It's real simple, got it?
It has been said there are 128 taxes on a loaf of bread, maybe more by now. I'm surprised loafs aren't $5.00 or more for the cheapest loafs.
To raise taxes on anyone or any entity in business is to raise the price of everything we buy. Do you really think that if Exxon's taxes are raised that we won't pay more for a gallon of gas?
The emotional appeal of "let's make the rich pay their fair share" is a total joke on the fools that believe such a goal is possible than on paper. It's just a "feel good" story. Twilight Zone BS! It is nothing but the ruse used by collectivist and marxists to get the "people" behind milking billions more revenue from end users to fuel government's never ending appetite for more and more and then still more! As the government steals the productive wealth from the private sector it makes more wards of the state. It points to "needs" for it to do more to "help", in this or that area, while the private sector scrambles to recover its lifeblood(capital), remain competitive and stay in business. With taxes going up and the value of our currency going down, prices we pay for things have little choice but to go up. The middle and lower classes are then squeezed ever harder because they cannot as easily get raises to cover the higher costs of buying the products they used to buy often. They have to sell their homes and rent or by a trailer, get roommates or move back home, etc. All bad signs of too much government overhead that, if not fixed soon will collapse the system and then it gets REAL ugly!!!
The cure: Ron Paul and 300 Ron Pauls in the House!

O U R P L A N = R O N P U A L (Coinsidence? I think not.)



The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Friedrich Nietzsche

What Does Gergen's Behavior and Opinions Have To Do With Me?

Gergen can do whatever he wants as long as he doesn't hurt others in the process of his beliefs or behavior. I personally abhor his cup of tea and his kind of personage, but as long as he leaves me alone, whatever he does is his business...

If he is guilty of breaking our laws, then it becomes an issue with the general citizenry...he should be punished for that. Aside from that he can do whatever he wants..


It has little or nothing to do with income tax

As a matter of fact, there should be no income tax. There should also not be central control over any industry or monopolies.

Monopolies should be prevented

It has a lot to do with the Income tax because all those 400,000 pages of crap are not meant for you and I -- it is designed to protect rich elite people from paying taxes (while the masses carry almost all of the burden).

I agree in principal that there should be no tax on labor, but until we stop wasting Trillions of dollars overseas, and we stop handing out Corporate Welfare to Billionaires ... that won't ever happen. But the existing Tax system is totally unfair for Main Street -- and designed only for Wall Street and the Mega-Rich. That's the inequity.

And Monopolies are a bad thing, that repesents not "free-market" rules -- but a Corporate Aristocracy which starves out competition.

Monopolies should be prevented. Corporate consolidation should be prevented. This is exactly what creates an Orwellian 1% elite super-structure.

Monopolies always produce less choice for consumers, and higher prices with less service.

And the day is coming when Monopolies will assure that only the rich will get high-speed Internet, and the poorer people won't get access to the same information.

You don't want Monopolies.
They should be prevented by Government (because Capitalism by itself does not do this).

Exxon-Mobile is not your friend, neither is Haliburton, neither is Comcast.

By this reasoning it clearly

By this reasoning it clearly shows that the LAW is applied unequally to a different set of demographics. 1% Gets the law money can pay for by the lobbyist and the 99% waits for it to trickle dow and cross finger and hope that the law will benifit them. Law should be equal for all, and it should be an obstacle to injustice. That is why we need to follow the constitution because its the greatest document this country has created. And thrashing it by mis interpreting its true intention is really unforgivsble and worse treasonous.

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."

Did Gergen just throw out a Jefferson Quote?

I belive Thomas Jefferson had something to say about taxing certain groups along the lines of "To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association—the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."-Jefferson. I would have liked to see his face if Jan spoke of that quote.

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James

You Should Be Head Of The RNC

That quote is the perfect retort to Obama's call for higher taxes on top earners. Who's going to argue with Jefferson?

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

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good quote

good quote.

Jan Helfeld

Brilliant Job - Helfeld has Gergen tongue-tied

I know that Jan Helfeld is VERY unorthodox in his interview style -

He is able to draw out answers and comments like no other interviewer.

His knack of pressing hard to get a question answered leaves David Gergen babbling incoherently.

At the 2:35 mark, Gergen states:

"The fundamental premise of this cuh cuh uh of this country is in the Declaration of Independence. We are created, you know, by by by our our by by a god . . ."

Is that what our Declaration says? Really? Is that what he teaches his students at Harvard? Wow.

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Thank you for the praise.

Thank you for the praise.  Our country depends on as many freedom fighters as we can muster and spreading the message.

Jan Helfeld

Gergen doesn't want to get it.

It's only a limited government when it supports what he wants it to. Otherwise, it's free to rob and steal from people to support special causes like "equality".

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest. - Ben Franklin

Nah, he gets it

Seriously, watch the Bohemian Grove stuff with Gergen and Alex Jones. That whole thing changed my view of what's really going on here... I'm more scared than before!

Quote from David Bergen:

"I ... I, I ... errrr ... uh ... uh ... uh ... well ... wait ....err ... er-r-r ... uherr ... errr ... I'm gonna QUIT and take MY BLOCKS 'n not let you play no more ... gonna tell my MOOOOoommmmmyyyyy!"

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These pundits cannot handle

being asked questions. When they try their usual "speak much say little" responses and Jan does not let them off the hook, it infuriates them.

Jan shows so clearly that these people don't, deep inside, believe the shizz they spew on TV.

Jan is imply the best at one on one interviews i have ever seen.


Liberty = Responsibility

Precisely because their line

Precisely because their line on the dying media is scripted, rehearse and a sham. No wonder they go blank when ask the real hard question. It seem to me that all their ranks, accomplishments and countless psychological handles they put before their names are mere propaganda for you to believe that their opinions on cable tv is somewhat truthful, worth listening to and please dont puke honest. I guess sunlight (through the real journalism of Jan Helfeld) is still the best dis infectant!

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."

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spreading the message

Thank you for the praise. Our country depends on as many freedom fighters as we can muster and spreading the message.

Jan Helfeld

David Gergen is a chump.


Jan the man

Liberals like Gergen will not answer a simple question because they are stupid!!! What else is there? Really, it was a fair question that got a BS response. With an I quit attitude.

dave anderson

Stupid like a fox

It's not because they're stupid, albeit it's true that they are - the reason they won't answer the hard questions is because they're liars, cheats, and thieves. But, then again, the neocon/RINOs are also liars, cheats, and thieves. And both wings favor Statism over Liberty.

Freedom is my Worship Word!

That one strand of hair

That one strand of hair jutting from behind David's left ear is really annoying to me.

That was a strand of hair?

I thought it was a wire for a remote control. LOL

Harvard Educated?

Harvard educated? More like CIA MK Ultra, brain washed if you were to ask me. I could even hold my own in a debate with him - and I only have a Daily Paul education...with no diploma. DG is nothing but a tax shill, establishment shill and World Government shill - He looks kind and sounds gentle and considerate but he is nothing but a a**hole

Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy