"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Oct 25, 2010

The Most Pernicious Idea in America

The rich "create" jobs.

(I know, not particularly profound.)


Anonymous said...

Dear Jack,

Notre Dame student here. our school will be graced by the presence of Thomas Friedman in a week to discuss "the Global Market Place and the Common Good." i was planning to attend, just for kicks. if you have a question you might want to put to him, ill take it into consideration when Q&A time comes (if it does).


and yes this place drives me crazy

Jack Crow said...


You honor me beyond any measure I could possibly merit. Thank you.

What would I ask the Mustache of Understanding?

It wouldn't actually be something very useful or worthy of your time.

If I had a shot at Friedman, I would just ask him - for someone so well traveled, with such wide access to so many key players throughout the centers of power in Europe, Asia and the Americas - how come he never manages to see anything clearly. Right before his eyes, he can see the standardization of economic culture. It's homogenization, really. I would wager that almost anyone can see it.

So why does he, for all his celebration of globalization, still pretend that the connection of elites using new technologies represents a qualitative alteration of human society?

The rich almost always resemble each other, especially if they have contact with each other. A duke in medieval England didn't much differ from one in the Low Countries. A merchant prince in colonial Boston shared a fairly strong cultural and economic overlap with one in post-Hansa Lubeck.

How does he miss this, I guess would be my question.

Thank you, and respect to you,