Nothing satisfies quite like reading a hit piece about a guru gone belly-up. Gospel-of-Wealth-obsessed evangelical Joel Osteen suffered a ding to his image late last year when Hanna Rosin fingered him in The Atlantic as a subtle influence behind the collapse of the mortgage industry. Richard Florida is getting his comeuppance from The American Prospect after he retracted his theory that any shitty American city can be turned into San Francisco by flooding it with gays and MacBooks. The king of eating it, however, is Jeremy Rifkin, who landed a long profile in Time in the late 1980s after using skewed science to protest any and all DNA research. Rifkin shows us what happens to illuminaries after the filament burns out: They get even more ridiculous. Rifkin has gone from a Luddite to a hydrogen advocate; from an anti-scientist to a true believer in the power of technology to make humans more empathetic toward one another. Unlike big-money Florida, however, Rifkin will be pushing his wares tonight for free.
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