Hey, let’s pattern ourselves after an oppressive Communist dictatorship

Useless idiot strikes a pseudo-intellectual pose.

Useless idiot strikes a pseudo-intellectual pose.

So says New York Time useful idiot and column filler Thomas Friedman.  I am a day late reporting on this, and the sheer lunacy of his column has been subsumed under the background noise surrounding Obama’s address to Congress.  Nevertheless, his idiocy is far too stunning to bypass.

One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century.

And just what might those drawbacks be?  Perhaps a horrific record of human rights abuses, forced abortions that have entirely distorted the balance of men and women in the population, constant violations of religious liberty, draconian

Brutal Chinese dictatorship is really good at making trains run on time

Brutal Chinese dictatorship is really good at making trains run on time

censorship laws, horrendous pollution, and organ harvesting for a start.  But hey they have nice new shiny trains!!

Jonah Goldberg comments: I cannot begin to tell you how this is exactly the argument that was made by American fans of Mussolini in the 1920s. It is exactly the argument that was made in defense of Stalin and Lenin before him (it’s the argument that idiotic, dictator-envying leftists make in defense of Castro and Chavez today). It was the argument made by George Bernard Shaw who yearned for a strong progressive autocracy under a Mussolini, a Hitler or a Stalin (he wasn’t picky in this regard). This is the argument for an “economic dictatorship” pushed by Stuart Chase and the New Dealers. It’s the dream of Herbert Croly and a great many of the Progressives.

How true Jonah how true.  And indeed it should be shocking, but it no longer is.  Whatever admiration I had for Friedman has gone up in smoke along with his credibility.

The phrase “useful idiot” has been attributed to Lenin and supposedly references Western Communist sympathizers.  Friedman certainly fits that category.  Why should a columnist who enjoys tremendous wealth, prestige and freedom seek to praise a system as horrid as that of Communist China?  It seems amazingly crazy, but in fact for the leftist, China is doing the right thing.  They don’t mind restrictions on religion or abortion or organ harvesting.  In fact they prefer it, as they always have, because it is always in service to some greater good to which freedom and liberty are but obstacles.

Ed Morrisey over at Hot Air:

putting aside Friedman’s longing for fascism (as long as it supports his policies), Friedman’s entire premise is suspect.  We haven’t enacted government-run health care precisely because we’re not a “one-party democracy.”  Constituents have made their opposition plain to it across the nation, and Democrats understand that Republicans will replace many of their colleagues if they support ObamaCare.  Obama’s approval numbers have dropped precipitously as well, because people dissent from the orthodoxy of the Democratic elites.   That’s what has Friedman pining for Beijing.

Indeed. I have fallen asleep and awaken in a strange strange world.  But I don’t want to live in Friedman’s world of one party autocracy.  That’s what America has always stood against.  Liberty is more important than universal health care coverage, more important than carbon regulation,  and much more important that stroking Obama’s ego.  Liberty and freedom are more important than shiny trains, even ones that go real fast.

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10 Responses to Hey, let’s pattern ourselves after an oppressive Communist dictatorship

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  2. mainenowandthen says:

    A great example of how Marxism has gained such a strong influence by infiltrating our national institutions (see my four-part website series, “So, How is the Revolution Going for You?”), i.e. media, education, politics, religion, etc.

    The majority of the news media has abandoned any pretense of impartial reporting and now simply acts as a conduit for “progressive” propaganda.

    In the case of Friedman, we have an open endorsement of one of the most repressive and historically murderous Communist governments in recent history. At least these anti-Americans are dropping their facades and presenting their true ideology.

    Most unfortunately, they have a following that listens.

    • It is terrifyingly sad. Of course for most young people, Communism is something they read about history books and China is just a neat country that makes cheap stuff. They have no idea of the oppressive brutality of communist regimes.

  3. Great post. Friedman has been yearning for China for years. His articles are frequently posted in the AJC. Occasionally, he’ll make a half-decent point about some matter or another. But he is a radical environmentalist who believes tax policy can control the weather. He is also a big lover of the Chinese way.

    I think you have it right, though, the progressives envy this type of autocracy. It is evident in their dismissive elitism here in America, with respect to the recent grassroots protests against government expansion. It’s evident in their support for the use of reconciliation in the Senate to push through a health bill that a majority of Americans disappove of. It’s evident when you debate with them and they resort instantly to calling you names and shutting off your arguments without addressing the arguments on their merits. They do not want dissent. They do not want an alternative to doing things. The State is their god, for they have no other. Accordingly, they project their highest ideals onto the state and seek only to “purify it” for themselves.

  4. mainenowandthen says:

    I might argue that the true god for the progressive lies within – self worship. Thus their inability to withstand dissent; they recognize no merit other than that which they lay claim to, therefore all alternatives are rejected. Self-worship is undermined by insecurity, since there is no supportive value system based upon accepted constants. Relativism advocates “flexibility” and in doing so ignores the bedrock of reasoned principles. The lack of respect exhibited by so many liberal/progressive adherents stems from a lack of self-respect and thereby insecurity and projection become significant characteristics of their personality.

    It is not surprising that so many of this type gravitate to politics and bureaucracies where they can quickly grasp a measure of the power that they so deeply desire. Thus are the statist acolytes created.

  5. BaldManMoody says:

    I vote that this man get moved to Africa and put to work in one of the many areas that the Chinese are now mining for precious metals/materials. Maybe the crack of his master’s whip will do some good in alleviating his misconceptions.

    I would also like to see someone else smack his chumpcheeks as hard as they can, but alas all I can do is dream.

    What is so sad is that our elected officials feel that this fellow is right regardless of what side they are on. Just the progressive agenda is en vogue right now.

  6. I’ve read “The World is Flat” and didn’t think he was unintelligent. I actually thought it was a quite profound and good book. Maybe I missed something. Or maybe he did a good job at sliding his left wing bias in without me catching it or maybe the book left politics out of it. Anyway, he is infatuated with “globalism” I’m not but he is right to say it is here and it is here to stay. To me the question is how to protect our culture and heritage in the face of multicutlural corruption.

    • I usually enjoy Friedman and so was a bit surprised at his column. I agree with him on somethings, especially about the lack of US competitiveness, but he gets a little screwy in parts I think because of his “progressive” leanings. There is a bit of the “he makes the trains run on time” acquiescence to political authority that bugs me about the progressives.

  7. I read that article when it came out. I think my head just stopped spinning. I couldn’t believe that guy would praise China because the dictatorship allows that country to push through what ever it wants. That is exactly NOT America. I would hope, no matter how frustrated a liberal might be right now, that they understand this.

    Are this ridiculous remarks a result of irrational rants akin to watching your favorite team loss to the archrival only to exclaim, “I wish they would just die!”?

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