Flat Note from the Pied Piper of Globalization

Flat Note from the Pied Piper of Globalization

Thomas L. Friedman’s The World Is Flat

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
by Thomas L. Friedman
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005, 488 pp., $27.50

 

 

Thomas L. Friedman’s new book is one of those works that reveals more than the author seems to intend—or perhaps understands. For the past year or so, a new tone has seeped into the writings of Friedman and the other pundits who have promoted the protection system for transnational investors that we call globalization and the rest of the world calls “neoliberalism.” In the past they have assured us that, whatever we call this process, it is a “win-win” for everyone, apparently the only exception to the dictum of another Friedman (Milton, no relation) that there is no free lunch.

But as the economic casualties—lost jobs, lower wages, the proliferation of sweatshops—have mounted, the tune is now slightly less upbeat. ...