As Pope Francis arrives in the US, a critic revisits the NY Times' columnist's Aspen Institute talk to challenge the "Aspen Consensus".

"'Speaking truth to power' sounds good, because it suggests the speaker’s courage in facing strong opponents. Often, though, the speaker and the powerful are not in the same room.

"However, in July, a New York Times columnist gave an in-your-face speech before the elite and powerful at their annual gathering in swank Aspen, Colorado. His remarks have attracted unusually wide attention for a speech to a relative handful of people, who did not like what they heard."--Gordon L. Weil, the Bangor Daily News