Bestselling author Thomas Friedman maintains the appearance of a respected thinker, or at least what passes for a respected thinker on the New York Times opinion pages. It’s difficult to see how he manages, given that he’s utterly insane.
One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But…
Whoa, Tom: whoa. This paragraph is not off to a good start.
…when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages.
China: Reasonably Enlightened Communists. Friedman goes on to wheeze and whine about Republicans hating the earth and ruining President Obama’s glorious, centrist future. This quote would be the standout, if it were in some story that didn’t praise communist China’s autocratic rule:
With a few notable exceptions, the Republican Party is standing, arms folded and saying “no.” Many of them just want President Obama to fail. Such a waste. Mr. Obama is not a socialist; he’s a centrist.
Mr. Obama is not a socialist! He just wants fossil fuel usage, health insurance, mortgage lending, and every other thing on earth to be managed by a centralized bureaucracy. See? Centralized. Centrist.
Democracy is oh so bothersome when you’re smarter than everyone else, like Thomas Friedman is. I wonder if other environmentalists are embarrassed when his op-eds read like the ambling drivel of a hemp enthusiast in a 100-level PoliSci class. Or is it the standard position of tree-hugging types that all other freedoms are optional, so long as carbon usage [Ed. – output, it’s carbon output that will kill us all] is restricted?