Socratic Assassin

Meet Jan Helfeld, Internet provocateur.

Politicians and pundits are usually eager for free publicity, so Helfeld often scores big names, despite having no mainstream-media affiliation or even many Twitter followers. But many of them have found that sitting down for a conversation with him can come with costs.

.. His videos have a cult following (especially with economic libertarians) because his interview subjects work themselves “into a pretzel,” as one video headline put it. Pelosi abruptly cut her interview short when Helfeld’s compare-and-contrast with her support for the minimum wage and strict enforcement of minimum wage penalties and her practice of not paying all interns became too much for her. She threatened to call the Capitol Police.