Touting For Tyranny

Thomas Friedman is at it again. Pining for a more orderly, command economy, led by wise central planners who do not have to heed the masses:

As a political barometer, the Davos World Economic Forum usually offers up some revealing indicators of the global mood, and this year is no exception. I heard of a phrase being bandied about here by non-Americans — about the United States — that I can honestly say I’ve never heard before: “political instability.”

“Political instability” was a phrase normally reserved for countries like Russia or Iran or Honduras. But now, an American businessman here remarked to me, “people ask me about ‘political instability’ in the U.S. We’ve become unpredictable to the world.”

Friedman blames this on Obama not getting health care passed despite his election to the presidency. My civics classes must have skipped the Constitutional clause that says that the president always gets whatever he wants.

It appears not to even occur to Friedman that the reason America is perceived as having ‘political instability’ might be not because of the failures of Obama to get his way as it might have to do with the things Obama and the Congressional Democrats have done. Outright theft of two automobile companies with the ill-gotten gains handed to union buddies. Demagoguery and attempts to demonize bankers and pass confiscatory, ex post facto laws (bills of attainder) against them. Crazed spending and incoherent messages on taxes, regulation and just about everything else.

Our business climate has become unpredictable not because Obama didn’t get health care “reform” passed. It is because he did get all of the above things done, plus a useless “stimulus” that didn’t help. We are heading down a road where real economic damage will be done if we do not stop it.

Do read the rest where Friedman speaks, not really unapprovingly, of the “Beijing Consensus”. But we know Friedman yearns for that central authority and a reordering the disorderly democracy of America – he said so before. Then he tries to co-opt a few enlightened Republican Senators to help Obama get his agenda across the finish line.

Yecch. We have seen this exact behavior before in this world. Many times.

Just in case you are not one to click through to the links, here’s Friedman in that earlier piece:

One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century.

I have to go wash out my eyes with bleach after that.

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2 Responses to Touting For Tyranny

  1. Mockingbird says:

    Tom is so enlightened.
    I don’t have time to read what he writes. Free market capitalism is confusing and scary to him.
    H ought to go to the nearest community college, and take Economics 101. And, this time, pay for it himself.

  2. feeblemind says:

    On behalf of what I am sure is a significant percentage of the Crabitat, I commend you Gaius for reading the Friedman piece and washing your eyes out with bleach so the rest of us don’t have to.

    Where to start with this drivel? If the Chinese govt is so adept at making the difficult political decisions and implementing them, how are they doing on the issues that are near and dear to Mr. Friedman’s heart? Things like the environment, pollution, carbon emissions, exploiting resources, women’s equality and so on.

    If it is so doggone great, why doesn’t he just move over there and surrender his American citizenship?

    What I think we are seeing is his infatuation with the ruling class. Well mannered, refined, socially pleasant….. old Tom can’t see through the veneer.

    I wonder if he would feel the same if he had to live with the steenkin’ peasants, perhaps watching the local party boss steal his farm and house to build a new factory on?

    Tom’s lived in his bubble of financial security and safety for too long.

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