Sunday, May 29, 2005

The World is Flat, by Thomas Friedman

As the saying goes: If you want to live like a Republican, vote like a Democrat---take god care of the losers and left-behinds. The only way to be a flatiest is to be a compassionate flatiest.

There are a lot of obvious things in this book, and Friedman chooses to emphasize them rather than the unobvious things, such as the fact that increasing inequality will make it harder for political leaders to keep tariffs low or push for free trade. Things like National Healthcare systems actually promote entrepreneuralship, which is another thing that Friedman doesn't get into.

I don't feel like I've wasted my time with this book, but I didn't come away knowing more than I did before reading it, either.
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