Tom Friedman Asks Smart Question. I Know, Right?
Like a broken clock accurately reporting the time twice a day, globalization cheerleader Tom Friedman hits upon a kernel of truth:
Let’s today step out of the normal boundaries of analysis of our economic crisis and ask a radical question: What if the crisis of 2008 represents something much more fundamental than a deep recession? What if it’s telling us that the whole growth model we created over the last 50 years is simply unsustainable economically and ecologically and that 2008 was when we hit the wall — when Mother Nature and the market both said: “No more.”
The rest of the article sounds like some green socialist hacked into Friedman’s column and questioned the basis of the pro-growth propaganda he’s been spewing for, well, ever. Did he have some Road to Damascus moment? Is this the same guy who was insulting the protesters in Seattle in 1999?
In fact, yes. His core argument for greening the economy is based on both an accurate prediction that global warming necessitates a fundamental restructuring of energy generation and usage; and on the assumption that America needs to be the top dog as globalization adapts to this crisis. In the article that forms the basis for his best-seller “Hot, Flat and Crowded,” Friedman insists:
Well, I want to rename “green.” I want to rename it geostrategic, geoeconomic, capitalistic and patriotic. I want to do that because I think that living, working, designing, manufacturing and projecting America in a green way can be the basis of a new unifying political movement for the 21st century. A redefined, broader and more muscular green ideology is not meant to trump the traditional Republican and Democratic agendas but rather to bridge them when it comes to addressing the three major issues facing every American today: jobs, temperature and terrorism.
Granted, if some green socialist did hack into his column, the hacker seems not to have read the more dire Krugman assessment of Obama’s stimulus plan.