Thomas Friedman–scary

by Russ Roberts on September 9, 2009

in Hubris and humility

Shocking (HT: Zev Fredman):

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. It is not an accident that China is committed to overtaking us in electric cars, solar power, energy efficiency, batteries, nuclear power and wind power.

Huh?

Friedman has to explain why we haven’t achieved nirvana given that the Dems are in charge of the House and the Senate:

Our one-party democracy is worse. The fact is, on both the energy/climate legislation and health care legislation, only the Democrats are really playing. 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. But if he’s forced to depend entirely on his own party to pass legislation, he will be whipsawed by its different factions.

Oh, those “different factions” are such a handicap. So what we really need is a more united Democratic party that has the vision of those Chinese communists.

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