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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:29 pm

Thomas Friedman: Not nearly as smart as he thinks he is

Sir Charles at Cogitamus cuts Friedman a new orifice, pointing out not only that Friedman’s vision of our economic future is not only probably factually inaccurate, it also implies some very disturbing things to anyone at all concerned about security and basic human dignity:

This seems really obvious, but sometimes the obvious needs to be said.  The vast majority of people in this country are not going to be working in Silicon Valley or like enterprises.  They are going to continue doing the jobs that have been staples of the economy for a long time — nurses, teachers, health care aids, building tradesman, truck drivers, firefighters, cops, sanitation workers, hair dressers, grocery store clerks, etc.  These people don’t need to differentiate themselves — they need to be paid a [expletive] living wage by a society that credits them with some human worth.  The notion that people want to — or will be able to — continuously reinvent themselves as workers is just nonsensical.  It devalues the concept of experience, it belittles the value of stability in people’s lives, and it is, ultimately, a way to glamorize what in fact is an ugly world view of perpetual worker vulnerability and lack of value in a world in which free floating capital continuously undermines any hope that the vast majority will experience anything like a decent and secure life.

This, inexorably, is where IGMFY leads. Huxley and Orwell had it right. Friedman has it wrong. His vision is 21st-century serfdom,  he’s too farking dumb to understand it, and far too many people who ought to know better think he actually knows what he is talking about.

1 Comment

  1. Well said
    Freedman is like all Monday morning quarter backs, astutely pointing out what obviously started out over 30 years ago, claiming he has discovered globalism! All points that the real left has been making for over 30 years. But they don’t get the accolades of those in power. Time to read your Marx folks, the chickens have come home to roost.

    Comment by Bill — Sunday, October 21, 2012 10:59 am @ 10:59 am

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