Thomas Friedman wishes “we could just be China for a day”

Ann Althouse
Althouse.com
5/23/2010

“[W]hat if we could just be China for a day?… You know, I mean, where we could actually, you know, authorize the right solutions….”

“… and I do think there is a sense of that, on, on everything from the economy to environment. I don’t want to be China for a second, OK, I want my democracy to work with the same authority, focus and stick-to-itiveness. But right now we have a system that can only produce suboptimal solutions.”

So said Thomas Friedman on “Meet the Press” today. And the funniest part of him saying that wasn’t the horrible vision of America as a dictatorship…. though it must be hilarious to think of America as a dictatorship, because famous funnyman Woody Allen said it too: “It would be good… if [President Obama] could be dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly.” Nor was it the fact that he said it and at the same time tried to deny that he was saying it with all that “I don’t want to be China for a second, OK” business.

No, the funniest part was that he said it right after he deplored the way the political center has been “decimated” in part by the “an Internet where I can create a digital lynch mob against you from the left or right if I don’t like where you’re going.” He’s reminding us Internet folk of our lynch-mob powers and then throws us the rope to hang him with that wish that “we could just be China for a day.” Come on, everybody, let’s destroy Thomas Friedman for saying he knows all the “right solutions” and wishes — or would wish if he could get away with it — that we could have a dictatorship to get it done.

A love of autocracy often lurks beneath the liberal veneer. There’s this idea that the right answers are known and the people are just too deluded and distorted to see what they are and to vote for them. And Friedman openly deplores the internet, which decimates moderation because there are people like me who who persecute elite truthbearers like him…

The article continues at Althouse.com where, as always, the comments make equally worthwhile reading.

One comment says, in part, “Democrats have the presidency and both houses of Congress. That’s a lot like China.”

Yes…it is.

Read also at Althouse:

“Every murderous totalitarian government of the 20th century began with some insulated group of faux-intellectuals congratulating each other on how smart they are…”

“… and fantasizing about how, if they could just install a dictatorship-for-a-day, they could right all the wrongs in the world. It is the ultimate fantasy of the narcissist. And we’ve got whole generations of them, in control of our media and our government, all intent on ‘remaking America.'”

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