Yes he does. That is what he wants.
He has even written a column about how wonderful the Chinese POLITICAL system is.
Yeah, Friedman, how’d you like to be sent to the gulag and have your organs harvested by one of those Chinese chaos fixers?
Actually, it’s probably already in the small print of Obamacare. Wait for it.
I posted this exact thing on the sunday talk show thread yesterday. I think he should have to live over there for a little while-under THE LITTLE PEOPLES rules- and let me know how that works out. If his wife gets pregnant, and they already have a kid, what would he think of the right solution there? What about he cannot own a vehicle, except a bike or mule, to go anywhere. How about that clean, unpolluted water he will have to drink from?
These people are nuts. They think that THEY will be able to live like the elites, not like the rest of us. perhaps they should revisit just how much they actually care about the little people if they think CHINA has it going on!
Haha. Talk about rhetorical excess, wonder how does it feel to be lynched by a digital mob? Probably not as bad as being a teenager and have 4 busloads of SEI thugs in your yard.
And, I guess you have to be a minority to be lynched, in Freedman's estimation.
It never ceases to amaze one what sub par intellects dominate the US Junk Media machine
I am no Friedman fan, but I understand what he meant. He wrote a column about this several weeks ago. He cited the ability of China to make quick decisions and get things done as opposed to our ever slower legislative process. He made a point of talking about the speed of a Chinese decision to build one of the worlds largest Hydro Electric Dams without regards to environmental impact studies or protecting the rights of displaced farmers etc. In that regard, he made some sense.
Easy to "authorize" when you have 1 billion slaves. The US once had slaves. Is that what this clown really wants... slaves?
It’s the same impulse that led our forefathers to ditch the confederacy and replace it with consolidated, supreme power.
Guy is an asshat extraordinaire, but he IS right about this
“really our Congress is a forum for legalized bribery.”
He claims that the previous problem with Marxism was that there wasn't a large enough infrastructure possible to make it work. He's very big on the premise of a command and control economy.
The book is littered with stuff everyone already knew about (taking a Burger King order from another state) and follows up with his proposed solution of mandated government price controls, wage controls, cradle to grave free education and retraining when a job is replaced, elimination of too much or too little profit, and using a slice of the production capacity to create a social safety net.
The guy is a trust fund radical.
"I have fantasized--don't get me wrong--but that what if we could just be China for a day? I mean, just, just, just one day. You know, I mean, where we could actually, you know, authorize the right solutions, and I do think there is a sense of that, on, on everything from the economy to environment..."
If you listen to the audio of this above quote he fumbles for words as he struggles to say "where we could actually, you know,...er hu (DICTATE) authorize the right solutions..."
I don't want to be China for a second, OK, I want my democracy to work with the same authority, focus and stick-to-itiveness. But right now we have a system that can only produce suboptimal solutions.
He doesn't want to be for a second BUT he fantasizes about it and KNOWS RELIGIOUSLY what the "right" solutions are and that they could be imposed by decree.
I loathe the Commie sympathizing Left who've supported Marxist crap for 45 years. Put THAT in your "Mao's Litle Red Book" and smoke it.
They want to just ram their utopia down our peasant throats.
This will not end well.
This presupposes that those in charge are more moral, more intelligent and just generally better than the peons who they rule. I would say that is about as antithetical to the idea of a democratically elected limited government as any idea can be.
Whenever wishing for your government to have power, imagine first what your opponents will do with that power. So Friedman, imagine what would happen if your nightmare version of Dick Cheney had the power to authorize the "right solutions". What happens when Halliburton decides that oil is under your dining room and tears down your house to start drilling? How about when the government decides to tap every phone call, email or pillow talk with your wife? How about if the IRS decides to include waterboarding in its audit procedure because it is the "right solution" to income tax evasion?
My fear of the Patriot Act was "What happens when Hillary gets this power?" I now realize something far scarier.