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March 13, 2009

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Well, you know, sometimes the world is a little flat and sometimes the world is a little round. What you do in cases of dispute, is get a bunch of 'fair-minded' people together who decide it's neither flat nor round but just a little 'bent'.

It's the same solution for global warming, evolution, and the existence of Bigfoot.

A true story from the Vietnam War days. There was a "teach-in" at Yale; the headliner was W. Averell Harriman, the ultimate Establishment figure who'd come around to the anti-war side. A friend stood and said to the crowd, "Rather than all this talk, I'd like to know how many people here are interested in doing something concrete, like shutting down New Haven." The moderator of the teach-in intervened, "That's not really what we're here to discuss." My friend started to leave, prompting Ambassador Harriman to say, "Oh come on, be a good sport. We're all here for Peace."

Harriman and Friedman would have gotten along famously.

If FDR wanted to be bipartisan we would never have had the New Deal, that means no old age social security and no unemployment insurance.

If Lyndon Johnson wanted to be bipartisan we would have no Medicare for our seniors. They would have to buy medical insurance if they could afford it in the free market, or hope an employer provided it.

Almost no Republicans in congress would ever have agreed to anything like these programs. They simply had to be outvoted by enough Democrats, with a president willing to fight past them.

Commentary on Friedman from Ed Driscoll:

But listen, could there be any columnist of his stature more irrelevant today than Thomas Friedman? He’s just phoning it in now. The current crisis is a direct and devastating challenge to the worldview he’s been propagating for years, and you’d think he’d have something thoughtful to say about it. He has declined as suddenly and as profoundly as the markets. You get the idea that he’s built his entire reputation on flattering elites. I don’t mean to suggest at all that Friedman is cynical — he really does believe this stuff — but that he has become popular because he made himself into a gifted publicist for a worldview that went hand-in-glove with the views of international elites, in whose circles he traveled and was feted. And now he’s really got nothing to say to us. http://pajamasmedia.com/eddriscoll/2009/03/14/newspapers-red-queens-race-the-end-game/

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