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June 25, 2012


Don't forget Friedman's tired "Memo to ..." cliche, as in:

Memo to: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitri Medvedev (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/opinion/friedman-the-politics-of-dignity.html)

TO: President Hu Jintao (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/05/opinion/05friedman.html)

I hope his first memo to the president starts like this: (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/20/opinion/20friedman.html)

Friedman's complaint about too much participation suggests that he doesn't really believe in democracy. IMHO he really believes in leadership and decision-making by the elites. Of course, Friedman sees himself as one of the elites.

David writes, "Friedman sees himself as one of the elites." Under the circumstances, it's hard to blame him. He may be clichéd, predictable and mustachioed, but he had the good sense to marry rich.

In The Bed of Procrustes, Nassim Taleb wrote:

"Corollary to Moore's Law: every ten years, collective wisdom degrades by half."

My guess is that Friedman read it, liked it, threw in some crap about politics and Twitter, then passed it off as his own.

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