Tom Friedman and logic

Never do go together all that well:

It is the failure of our political system to unite, even in a crisis, to produce the policy responses America needs to thrive in the 21st century. As the Wall Street Journal columnist Gerald Seib once noted: “America and its political leaders, after two decades of failing to come together to solve big problems, seem to have lost faith in their ability to do so. A political system that expects failure doesn’t try very hard to produce anything else.”

It is a shame because America, while often paralyzed from the top down, is alive from the bottom up. The more I travel around our country, the more I meet people who didn’t get the word — that we’re supposed to be depressed and on our backs — and they’re out experimenting with education, innovating with technology and using the Web for start-ups.

Tom I gotta break this to you, but the observation that things are working just great bottom up style means that we don\’t actually need anyone doing things top down style……

7 thoughts on “Tom Friedman and logic”

  1. Reminds me of an interview I heard with James Tooley about his book The Beautiful Tree:http://www.cato.org/event.php?eventid=6015

    Apparently when some UN quangocrats found a perfectly working school in a shanty town in Africa they lamented that it was terrible and that the Government must get involved.

    Obviously Reagan’s famous words passed them by.

  2. Brian, follower of Deornoth

    “It is the failure of our political system to unite, even in a crisis”

    Unity in support of policy that is cretinous is not a desirable thing…

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    He’s obviously pining for the Chinese Communist Party once more. America would be fine if only it was a democratic dictatorship lead by the five progressive classes under the guidance of the vanguard of the Revolution.

  4. “the observation that things are working just great bottom up style means that we don’t actually need anyone doing things top down style.”

    You can see the problem with this argument, can’t you? Namely, that one does not logically follow the other.

    Again, do don thinking cap before applying fingers to keyboard. Doing so might make your blog quite a lot shorter, but it would be all the sweeter for it!

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    TimT – ““Things work well bottom up”. Does this mean America is a gigantic gay bathhouse?”

    Not unless there’s something I don’t know about myself. You should always work from the bottom up. Learn a lot about a girl from her ankles. Not to mention her feet. Very telling.

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