6 Things I Learned From Fareed Zakaria’s Piece About Millennials

Do you have a favorite thought leader? I do: Fareed Zakaria—CNN host, Time editor-at-large, “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation,” and the author of at least one “relentlessly intelligent book.”

Zakaria has an essay about millennials in this month’s issue of the Atlantic. It’s a great piece. You should check it out. It really bowled me over. Here, in no particular order, are six things I learned from reading it.

In Defense of Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Just as some journalists have come to admire the Clinton family because, and not in spite, of the total lack of integrity apparent in their careers, so I have come to admire the writings of Fareed Zakaria because, and not in spite, of the total absence of shame manifest in their composition. His latest, slender effort, In Defense of a Liberal Education, made it to #6 on the New York Times bestseller list, and as I write, resides at #1 on Amazon in the categories of both “political science” and “education.”

Fareed Zakaria Busted Again For Plagiarism

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria has been busted for plagiarism again, this time by the same anonymous Twitter users who took down BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson.

A new website, Our Bad Media, has posted twelve instances of plagiarism in Zakaria’s writing that were published prior to his 2012 bust for plagiarism, which prompted public apologies and internal “reviews” by TIME, CNN, and the Washington Post. The new revelations suggest those reviews were less than rigorous.

Some of the examples are pretty damning:

Plagiarist Not Worried About Global Instability

Political analyst and confirmed plagiarist Fareed Zakaria is not concerned about the unraveling geopolitical situation under President Obama. In a Washington Post article published Thursday, Zakaria observed that the world “seems very messy these days.” However, he’s not worried, writing that it is not “the worst of times.”