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Thomas Friedman, you pitiful fool

Featured image New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has a bad habit of fantasizing that the United States is subject to a government in the mode of the Chinese Communist regime. Friedman’s fantasy has been noted by many observers such as Jonah Goldberg, who has declared Friedman a liberal fascist. Friedman’s utopian daydream is a liberal fantasy that fits into a long and disgraceful tradition of protecting or celebrating Communists and Communism »

Thomas Friedman, you pitiful fool, cont’d

Featured image Mark Hemingway draws attention to Thomas Friedman’s latest candidate for inclusion in our “Thomas Friedman, you pitiful fool” series. Let me turn the floor over to Hemingway: Thomas Friedman, apparently trying to top his many previous attempts to convincingly demonstrate coherence is just beyond his grasp, opens his column today thusly[.] Hemingway quotes Friedman: The Associated Press reported last week that Fidel Castro, the former president of Cuba, wrote an »

Thomas Friedman, you pitiful fool, cont’d

Featured image New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has a recurring daydream. In Friedman’s daydream the United States adopts the highly efficient Chinese Communist mode of government under the leadership of “a reasonably enlightened group of people” — such as Friedman finds the Chinese Communists to be. Friedman finds enlightenment among the Chinese Communists in their collective pursuit of “electric cars, solar power, energy efficiency, batteries, nuclear power and wind power.” By »

A close reading of Thomas Friedman

Featured image It hurts. It’s painful. It didn’t have to be done, but I’m grateful that Barry Rubin has undertaken a close reading of one of Thomas Friedman’s recent profusions of inanity. Rubin begins with an apt quotation from Bob Dylan and then says in his own words: The entertainment director on the ship of fools that constitutes so much mainstream analysis of the Middle East—I refer, of course, to Thomas Friedman—has »

Immelt’s Great Face Plant Forward

Featured image New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has a recurring daydream. In Friedman’s daydream the United States adopts the highly efficient Chinese Communist mode of government under the leadership of “a reasonably enlightened group of people” — such as Friedman finds the Chinese Communists to be. Friedman finds enlightenment among the Chinese Communists in their collective pursuit of “electric cars, solar power, energy efficiency, batteries, nuclear power and wind power.” GE »

Thomas Friedman is flattened

I find the prominent New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman to be fatuous, as I’m sure many of our readers do. It’s not any one thing in particular that makes him insufferable, but rather a combination of flaws — vacuity, lack of insight, and a chump’s will to be duped. I quit reading Friedman when he proudly reported the “peace plan” coincidentally pulled from the drawer of a »

Green Weenie of the Week: Thomas Friedman

Featured image Whenever the concluding phrase of a New York Times op-ed column is “if we do it right,” you know you have arrived in Thomas Friedman territory.  Has there ever been anyone who knows so much better than everyone else how to do things right than Tom Friedman?  Not even Walter Cronkite was this all-knowing, and lots of Enlightened People wanted him to be president.  I recall that John Anderson wanted »

Friedman or Fanboy?

Featured image Sometimes it really is hard to tell the difference between a Thomas Friedman column and the parody that spews forth from the Thomas Friedman op-ed column generator.  Today is one of those days.  So, it is this real Friedman, or a computer-generated, Daily Show-worthy parody: I just spent the last two days at a great conference convened by M.I.T. and Harvard on “Online Learning and the Future of Residential Education” »

Take Pity on the Pity Party

Featured image Don’t miss Bill Voegeli in today’s edition of The Weekly Standard on the “Liars’ Remorse” of Democrats over the ongoing albatross of Obamacare, but you should also take in the second installment of Voegeli’s conversation with Charles Kesler on The American Mind about how liberals understand “compassion,” based on his book The Pity Party (about 12 minutes): »

Thomas Friedman’s misguided end-zone dance

Featured image Yesterday, I mentioned that Thomas Friedman is taunting Vladimir Putin for being exposed by the drop in oil prices as a “delusional thug” who, with oil tide receding, is now “swimming naked.” Friedman is also taunting conservatives for having been impressed by Putin’s successes, which is rich coming from a columnist who has long been in the tank for Communist China’s one-party rule. Not surprisingly, Friedman misses the point of »

Jumping the Friedman Snark Shark

Featured image Alex Pareene on Salon.com is out with the site’s annual “Hack List,” this year written in the style of the target.  (His parody of Peggy Noonan is especially good.)  And his takedown of Thomas Friedman, America’s most overrated columnist, appears to be a work of genius.  The lede: I was at a conference in Brussels last week and having trouble with my column. Thomas Friedman hadn’t changed as a writer »

Friedman Jumps the (Pink) Shark

Featured image Sometimes it really is hard to tell the difference between a Thomas Friedman column and the parody that spews forth from the Thomas Friedman op-ed column generator.  Today is one of those days. Oh, wait—that’s exactly the lede I wrote here back in March, about a typical Friedman thumb-sucker about Michael Sandel’s “colorful sneakers.” Yesterday Friedman treated his readers to his deep thoughts about Syria and . . . pink »

Milton Friedman at 100

Featured image Today is Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday.  It is one of the great privileges of my life to have known him some, and to have spent some time with him in San Francisco back in the 1990s.  Driving with him up and down the hills of San Francisco was not for the faint of heart.  All of his rational calculations of risk seemed to go out the window when he was »

Tom Friedman’s fantasy — Dictator for a day

Thomas Friedman wishes that our democracy worked as well as China’s dictatorship. He thus fantasizes about the U.S. being “China for a day.” After Friedman has used that opportunity to impose his will on us, we can go back to being a free country — at least until the next set of bees enters his bonnet. So I don’t–I, I–I’m worried about this, it’s why I have fantasized–don’t get me »

Time for Thomas Sowell

Today President Bush awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to eight men and women of varying merits, Cuban dissident Oscar Biscet most notably among them. In one respect, however, today’s awards are a profound disappointment. I don’t think there’s an American whose service to freedom outside the armed forces makes him more deserving of a Medal of Freedom than Hoover Institution Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow Thomas Sowell. Sowell »

Why Tom Friedman should have followed his alleged instincts

Normally, a column that begins with the author’s expression of his feelings about writing the piece shouldn’t be read. And if the feeling expressed is the author’s purported distaste for discussing the subject, the column normally shouldn’t be written. Thomas Friedman’s column of today is no exception. He begins by claiming that “he hates to write” about his subject — the notion that criticism of President Obama may cause him »

You Can Fool Some of the People…

…for a pretty long time, but they tend to catch on eventually. Fox News reports that in a hypothetical race between President Bush and Bill Clinton, Bush wins in a landslide, by 21%. »

A race to the bottom Tom Friedman can’t win

I can’t agree with my conservative cousin from New York when he compares Thomas Friedman unfavorably to Paul Krugman. But my cousin’s critique of Friedman’s latest piece is otherwise on the money: With his column in today’s New York Times Tom Friedman has surpassed his colleague Paul Krugman in their race to the bottom. Freedman posits that Bush used 9/11 to drive a “radically uncompassionate conservative agenda – on taxes, »

When Even the Climatistas Know You Are a Fool . . .

Featured image I thought by now it would be ungentlemanly to keep piling on Naomi Klein’s ridiculous climate-change-means-we-have-to-smash-capitalism book, This Changes Everything. But then I ran across Elizabeth Kolbert’s review of Klein in the latest edition of the New York Review of Books, and I can’t resist. Kolbert is one of the most distraught of the climatistas, and writes the doomiest of the gloom-and-doom climate articles in The New Yorker and elsewhere. »

Doubting Thomas

Has New Republic editor Franklin Foer stepped forward to explain how the magazine verified the disgraceful incidents recounted in the article “Shock troops” by the pseudonymous “Scott Thomas” prior to publication in the magazine’s current issue? I can find no evidence that he has. Grounds to doubt each of the three incidents recounted in the article surfaced immediately after Michael Goldfarb put the question “Fact or fiction?” before the blogosphere. »