Friday, September 11, 2009

Friedman Goes Too Far

In praising the Chinese Communist Party for being 'relatively enlightened', the fanatical yet oddly vacuous globalist Thomas Friedman has gone too far.
This is an offence against good taste and justice. It is an insult to the dignity of human life. It indicates that the author prefers oppression and control to the wild anarchy of liberty (this should not be surprising - for those who believe in the global economy, liberty is at all times defined as liberty for them to make the laws and get rich, while the rest of us can be jailed without trial and spied upon for our own good; ending the so-called 'Cold War' was never about freeing eastern Europe, or crushing Communism, but about making the world safe for business and for nothing and nobody else). It tells me that Friedman considers himself and those he praises to be better than the rest of humanity. It makes me wonder just how far he would be willing to go to advance his vision of a global economy (no such things exists, nor can exist while the nation state exists), or what he would do should he get it. It suggest to me that his opinions are dangerous, which I suppose makes him dangerous. Accordingly, it indicates that he is someone who must be opposed at all times and under all circumstances.
The question you should ask yourself when reading Friedman is, does this man hate and despise me? Increasingly, the conclusion I find myself coming to is 'Yes'.
Hat tip Mark Shea.


Blogger Rohan Swee said...

"Fanatical yet vacuous" is the most apt description of Friedman I've yet seen. Does he hate you? Yes, he does. But despise? I suspect "to despise" requires a level of discernment and culture not likely to be found in so squalid a strip-mall of a soul.

All we have left from Friedman is the mildly diverting question of whether the fanaticism proceeded to vacuousness, or was vacuousness the ground of the fanaticism?

Me, I've always thought "tool" and "whore" pretty much encompassed the fellow. To be charitable I've never thought he was bright enough to be completely answerable for the lack of integrity.

11 September, 2009 15:29  
Blogger James Higham said...

the fanatical yet oddly vacuous globalist

Nothing odd about it at all. Friedman is precisely the type of apparatchik which the global cynicals can't believe has landed in their lap.

Unquestioning of the ideology, stats provided for him - all he ahs to do is write it all up.

13 September, 2009 12:05  

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