Saturday, September 13, 2008

Tom Friedman and Green Scaremongering

Friedman is at it again.

This time, he's conflating "global warming" with globalism, his next "Big Idea".


"Friedman is what Isaiah Berlin called a hedgehog – he knows one big thing (or at least one big thing per book) and he devotes 412 pages to cramming pretty much all of the world, ranging from his younger daughter’s school projects to the Chinese Communist party, into that over-arching paradigm."

Here's the best comment I've seen on Tommy Terrific yet:

"Thomas Friedman is back again, all facile posturing and sham profundity as he hops onto the latest bandwagon in search of royalties. But the merit of Hot, Flat, and Crowded, reviewed here, is that it neatly demonstrates that Green scaremongering appeals intensely to the inner authoritarian as well as to the wistful Military-Keynesian."

This book shows what happens when, (as is the case with Cone) you combine an over hyped and undeserved ego with just enough superficial knowledge to be semi-dangerous and demonstrably wrong.

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