When Thomas Friedman Rules the World

By November 23, 2008Economy

From The Sunday New York Times, “We Found the W.M.D.“:

If I had my druthers right now we would convene a special session of Congress, amend the Constitution and move up the inauguration from Jan. 20 to Thanksgiving Day.

From Comedy Central, the Colbert Report, November 20:

COLBERT: So you say that for one day we should have a totalitarian government where some ‘benign person at the top’ [He makes quotation-mark fingers] says this is what we do?

FRIEDMAN: No. Basically what I’m saying is if only our government could get its act together and launch a green revolution with the same persistence, focus, stick-to-it-iveness and direction that China does through authoritarian means. If we could only do that through democratic means –

(Hat tip: Newsbusters.)

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  • Reality-Based says:

    Why does anyone listen to Tom Friedman on subjects outside the scope of his expertise? And, remind me, what was his original claim to fame…lots of ultimately meaningless drivel about the Middle East peace process? He’s been droning on about this benevolent dictator cure-all for some time now. It’s sheer idiocy, not to mention a slap in the face of the founding fathers.

    Sure, the government has some role in incentivizing markets and industry to move forward more crisply in growing the next generation of not-yet- profitable “green “technologies. But do you think the benevolent market-planner-in-chief would pick a cheap and workable technology driven by, say, coal? Or nukes? I doubt he’d want to tick off his friends/givers at Greenpeace or the Nature Conservancy. Capital markets, venture capital, and the profit motive will be the ultimate arbiters of market success, not the beltway’s “best and brightest.”

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