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DesScorp's Journal: NYT Op-Ed calls for one-party rule 7

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New York Times Op-Ed writer Thomas Friedman is showing his true colors. He's advocating "enlightened" one-party rule, as he tires of Republicans refusing to co-operate with Democratic initiatives. Friedman says that we currently have a "one party democracy" because of near-total GOP opposition to Democratic bills, and that perhaps an enlightened one-party autocracy with America's best interests at heart could be the answer. Friedman further thinks China is a good model of government to emulate. "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." Friedman flatly states that "our one-party democracy is worse". Perhaps we too can look forward to things like a one-child policy and extensive Internet censorship. Friedman is the type of Liberal Jonah Goldberg was talking about when he wrote Liberal Fascism.

Further, Goldberg says that liberals like Friedman are nothing new, that we've seen this kind of liberal pining for benevolent dictatorship many times before:

"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."

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NYT Op-Ed calls for one-party rule

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  • Friedman a liberal? That's some funny shit. Guy's a libertarian if he's anything.
    • by DesScorp (410532)

      Friedman a liberal? That's some funny shit. Guy's a libertarian if he's anything.

      Only on globalism and immigration (and these days, there's not much difference in the Libertarian and Democratic positions on immigration... open your borders as wide as possible). Otherwise, as I stated below, he's a reliable "progressive", which these days is just another marketing label for Liberal.

      • You keep making statements without backing them up. I'll concede that culturally, he's probably quite liberal. Economically? Not one bit. have fun proving otherwise.
  • During the administration of the previous POTUS, there were legions of conservative pundits who were calling for chasing the liberals out of town. They were then reinforced by conservative congress-sheeple who declared that anything non-conservative was "un-american".

    That type of behavior was sold to us by the "main stream media" as "patriotic".

    Now, we have a non-conservative president. We also have a few journalists who think he represents some good ideas. But yet you want us to believe this is some

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