Vi er flyttet!

Friedman og den flade jord

Thomas L. Friedman er en indflydelsesrig forfatter og journalist på "The New York Times". Han er offensiv forsvarer for den herskende nyliberalistiske verdensorden og var i mange år en ivrig tilhænger af krig mod Irak.

Friedman and ’The world is flat’


Thomas L. Friedman er en indflydelsesrig forfatter og journalist på The New York Times. Han er offensiv forsvarer for den herskende nyliberalistiske verdensorden og var i mange år en ivrig tilhænger af krig mod Irak. Hans bøger ligger på bestseller-listerne og hans spalter bringes i aviser verden over, i Danmark bl.a. i Politiken. Her i foråret kom så hans seneste bog i dansk udgave: Jorden er flad: en fortælling om globaliseringen i det 21. århundrede (Børsens Forlag, 2007, 542 sider). Her argumenterer han for, at "anvendelsen af ny teknologi og globalisering har gjort verden flad igen."
Bogen fik rosende omtale af Lisbeth Knudsen i Berlingske: Historien om globalisering (14.3.2007), mens Jakob Levinsen i Jyllands-Posten (2.3.2007) og Martin Burcharth i Information (15.2.2007) var lidt mere forbeholdne.
Vi har her samlet lidt af den udenlandske (overvejende kritiske) debat om bogen og Thomas L. Friedmans øvrige forfatterskab og journalistik.

Bjarne A. Frandsen
Marts 2007

About Thomas L. Friedman

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thomas Friedman
The World is Flat

- Matt Taibbi: Someone take away Thomas Friedman’s computer before he types another sentence. (January 22, 2009)
"Reading Thomas Friedman is like listening to the man talking to himself. His latest book, Hot, Flat and Crowded, is no different."

- M. Shahid Alam: A Muslim problem: Did Thomas Friedman flunk history? (July 18, 2005)
"It appears that Mr. Thomas Friedman has a Muslim problem. He has a great deal of trouble thinking straight when writing about Muslims; and, as the New York Times’ resident expert on Islam, he displays this malaise frequently, often twice a week."
- Alexander Cockburn: Thomas Friedman’s imaginary world (June 10/12, 2005)
"Thomas Friedman’s back in India and the mysterious subcontinent exercises its usual sorcery on the wandering pundit, eliciting paragraphs of ecstatic drivel, as it has from so many Times-men."

Dissident Voice
- Norman Solomon: Thomas Friedman, Liberal sadist? (July 28, 2005)
"If words truly matter, then maybe it’s consequential that some of Thomas Friedman’s words - including his flippant and zealous endorsements of mass killing - have the odor of sadistic cruelty." Scroll down for more critical articles on Friedman.

- Norman Solomon: Thomas Friedman: Hooked on War (9/6/07)
"For years now, the man widely touted as America’s most influential journalist has indicated that his patience with the war in Iraq might soon run out. But, like the media establishment he embodies, Friedman can’t bring himself to renounce a war that he helped to launch and then blessed as the incarnation of virtue."
Tom Friedman’s flexible deadlines (5/16/06)
"Iraq’s ’decisive’ six months have lasted two and a half years." See FAIR’s Archives for more on New York Times/Thomas Friedman.

Jacobin: Reason in Revolt
- Belén Fernández: Darwin’s mistake (30 November 2016)
"How, in an age in which ’the fast eat the slow’, has Thomas Friedman not been gobbled up?"

New Left Project
- David Wearing: Thomas Friedman - Imperial Messenger (7 May 2012)
"A review of [Belén Fernández’] book that critically analyses the work of Thomas Friedman, leading advocate of neoliberal ideology and supporter of Western militarism."

Thomas Friedman

Thomas L. Friedmans site
About his books and articles from New York Times.

Why the World is Flat (Issue 13, May 2005)
Interview with Thomas L. Friedman.

Z Magazine
- Edward S. Herman: The NYT’s Thomas Friedman ( Vol.16, No.11, November 2003)
"The principal diplomatic correspondents for the New York Times have always and necessarily been apologists for U.S. foreign policy ... Thomas Friedman has served consistently in this apologetic tradition. He differs from his predecessors mainly in his brashness, name-dropping, and self-promotion, and with his aggressive, bullying tone."

Debate and critique of the book

- Stephen Marshall: Sorry Thomas Friedman, the world is round (July 5, 2007)
"In an excerpt from the new book, Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, Stephen Marshall takes on liberals like Friedman, who would have you believe that our capitalist system is inherently just and self-regulating when, in reality, it is anything but."

Atlantic Monthly
- Richard Florida: The world is spiky : the world in numbers (Vol.296, No.3, October 2005)
"Globalization has changed the economic playing field, but hasn’t leveled it." Online at the author’s site (pdf).

- Jeff Faux: Flat note from the pied piper of globalization (Fall 2005)
"Friedman’s argument becomes stunningly naïve - and suggests that he really doesn’t understand the globalization that he has spent the last decade promoting."

Dissident Voice
- Lila Rajiva: Ruminations on Thomas Friedman, Part 1-3 (October 4 + October 6 + October 24, 2006)
"Instead of humbly studying what is under his nose, instead of doing the tedious legwork of research, the man would rather pull metaphors out of his hat and disappear the facts into them with parlor tricks."

Foreign Policy
- Pankaj Ghemawat: Why the world isn’t flat (March/April 2007)
"Globalization has bound people, countries, and markets closer than ever, rendering national borders relics of a bygone era - or so we’re told. But a close look at the data reveals a world that’s just a fraction as integrated as the one we thought we knew. In fact, more than 90 percent of all phone calls, Web traffic, and investment is local."

Global Policy Forum
- Vandana Shiva: The polarised world of globalisation (May 10, 2005)
"Friedman’s flat vision makes him blind to the emergence of corporate rule to through the rules of corporate globalisation as the establishment of authoritarian rule and centrally controlled economies."

The Globalist
- Stephen S. Roach: Squaring the circle of a flat world (November 29, 2005)
"With all due respect to Tom Friedman, there’s nothing flat about this unbalanced global economy. Stephen Roach, Chief Economist and Director of Global Economic Analysis at Morgan Stanley, argues the global economy is distinguished far more by its disparities and tensions."

Gloves Off
- Joe Smith: Selling Neoliberal globalization: Thomas Friedman’s excellent adventure (June 15, 2004)
"Friedman is a salesman for free-trade interests and an apologist for American imperial power." About the book: Lexus and the Olive Tree.

Greg Palast
- Greg Palast: French fried Friedman: the nouvelle globalizer (June 05, 2005)
"In his endless series of pukey peons to globalization, Friedman promises that free trade, an end of regulation, slashing government welfare and privatization of industry will lead to an economic nirvana."

The Nation
- George Scialabba: Zippie world! (June 13, 2005 issue)
"Whatever one thinks of Friedman as an analyst (and I’d say there’s only one possible opinion of him as a prose stylist), he’s an energetic reporter and a good storyteller. His new book teems with interesting anecdotes about innovative companies, technologies and business processes."

Socialist Worker
- Elizabeth Terzakis: Why the world looks flat to Thomas Friedman (Issue 563, October 28, 2005)
"Friedman’s faith in the flatness of power rests awkwardly - one might even say unflatly - on the history of U.S. imperialist adventures in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Latin America. He seems to have forgotten his own claim in 1998 that McDonald’s ’cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas’. In all of its almost 500 pages, Flat never once mentions the role of the U.S. military."

The Village Voice
- Joshua Clover: Adventures in Flatland (August 26th, 2005)
"The World Is Flat is no more a study of global economics than Batman Begins is a social-policy treatise. It juggles a similar conundrum: how to present the wealthiest overlord of Gotham as a beneficent force in a world where generalized immiseration is caused not by staggering concentrations of wealth but by, y’know, gangsters."


Gaia: tidsskrift for international solidaritet (nr.81, forår 2017, 31 s.). Kvartalstidsskrift online med artikler om Trump og nyliberalismen, Etiopien, Cuba, Filippinerne, Israel og Columbia.

Against the Current (Issue 188, May-June 2017). Amerikansk socialistisk tidsskrift online med artikler bl.a. om Trumps politik, Latinamerikas højredrejning, Den Russiske Revolution og arbejderdemokrati + mange boganmeldelser.

Kritisk Debat (17. april 2017). Online med 16 artikler, bl.a. om Socialdemokraterne og højrepopulismen, Latinamerika, Frankrig, Indien, samt en længere artikel af Göran Therborn om ulighedens dynamik (fra New Left Review).

International Socialism (Issue 154, Spring 2017, 223 p.). Britisk kvartalstidsskrift online med artikler bl.a om Donald Trump og den neoliberalistiske verdensorden, antisemitisme og højrefløjen, den russiske revolution og Lenins April-teser, klasseanalyse, Frantz Fanon, Engels og menneskets forhistorie + boganmeldelser.

Se også:
Nyeste links på Modkraft Biblioteket
Nogle af de nyeste links tilføjet på Tidslinjen og linksamlinger på Modkraft Bibliotekets sider.

Aktuelle links


Links med en marxistisk økonomisk blogger, nyere marxistiske bøger og socialistiske konferenceoplæg.

Michael Robert - blogging from a Marxist economist
"First-rate Marxist political economy, deployed for both analysis and polemic, lucidly explained and supported by illuminating graphs and tables."

Marxist books on the global financial crisis and capitalism
Linkbox med et udvalg af nyere marxistiske bøger på engelsk. Med anmeldelser, debat og interviews - og nye bøger (2016) af Michael Roberts og Anwar Shaikh.

Radical economic theories of the current economic crisis (pdf, 23 sider)
Union of Radical Political Economics, sommerkonference 2012.
Med bidrag fra Steve Keen, Andrew Kliman, David M. Kotz, Arthur MacEwan, Fred Moseley, Thomas I. Palley, Jack Rasmus, Michael Roberts, Anwar Shaikh og Richard Wolff.


Af Nathan Schneider

Ingen ledere, ingen vold

28. februar | Hvad indebærer begrebet om en mangfoldighed af taktikker for Occupy Wall Street? Således spørger Nathan Schneider, der selv er med i bevægelsen, i den nye bog »Vi er de 99%«.

25. februar
Folkedrabets moralske historie

23. februar
Assad-regimets krig mod egen befolkning

20. februar
»Tom« har forladt os


Af Camilla Tved

10 gode grunde til at se ”10 timer til Paradis”

19. februar | Den meget omtalte og roste spillefilmsdebut fra Mads Mathiesen gør det nemt for publikum. Læs her hvorfor en af QueerKrafts anmeldere blev blød i knæene og nu ønsker sig en (...)

7 kommentarer

17. februar
Queerfeministisk antiracistisk kritik

11. februar
Anders Behring Breivik og kampen om forklaringen

7. februar
Arabiske kvinders kamp i skyggen af islamisternes valgsejre


Af Ulrikke Moustgaard, Kvinfo

»Kønskvoter styrker konkurrenceevnen«

27. februar | Direktøren i det norske Finansnæringens Arbeidsgiverforening mener, at kønskvoter er det bedste, der er sket for Norges globale konkurrencedygtighed.

24. februar
Faglig énmandshær er død

22. februar
Støt de græske stålarbejdere

19. februar
Lønarbejderne skal tilbage til centrum-venstre!


Af Sune Hundebøll

Løb i varmen

27. februar | Mens vi udfordres af februarkulden, har løbere sat hinanden i stævne nær Tindouf i Algeriet. Deres udfordring er varmen og 42,195 kilometers løb gennem ørkenen.

24. februar
Kontrafon: fra Nørrebros undergrund til P3

22. februar
KODA freder YouTube

22. februar
Piratradio på standby af frygt for myndighederne


Af Rina Ronja Kari

Så går det løs igen

29. februar | 10:40

Af Elizabeth Japsen

Avantgardisten Holberg anno 1721 og 8 marts

28. februar | 09:23

1 kommentarer

Af Karen Helveg Petersen

»De faktiske forhold i jernindustrien…«

27. februar | 17:01

4 kommentarer

Af Søren Søndergaard


27. februar | 08:52

2 kommentarer

Af Henrik Chulu

Digitalt forår

27. februar | 01:22

4 kommentarer

Af Lise Jonassen

Vi er ikke svage - vi har bare ikke arbejde

26.februar | 11:57

2 kommentarer

Stop ACTA nu Demonstration 25-02-2012

Billeder fra demoen mod ACTA lørdag d. 25/2-2012

Lavet af Filip S -


Seneste kommentarer

Henrik Chulu | Jens Voldby Crumlin | kl. 09:13
Kodeordene for et nyt samfundssystem er en ny økonomi som er frigjort fra (...)

Kontradoxa | amalie skram | kl. 00:16
@Grølheim Hvem og hvad giver dig din absurde tro på, at Assad-regimet (...)

Saila Naomi Stausholm | Saila Naomi Stausholm | kl. 23:41
Hej alle, mange tak for jeres kommentarer. Mht debatten om mig/SF’ere på (...)

Saila Naomi Stausholm | Saila Naomi Stausholm | kl. 23:31
Hej alle, lige lidt respons herfra - igen tak for jeres kommentarer. Mht (...)

Kontradoxa | Grølheim | kl. 21:30
@amalie; Jeg synes denne råben "konspirationsteoretikere" bliver mere og (...)

QueerKraft | Karl | kl. 15:01
Enig med Karen. Og så tror jeg at pointen med klummen både er at ærgre sig (...)

Kontradoxa | peter | kl. 14:25
@e lykke Fordi nogle oprørere i Libyen opfører sig som racistiske svin (...)

Kontradoxa | peter | kl. 14:23
@Amalie Skram Helt enig. Det er vildt grotesk, at der findes folk der (...)

Karen Helveg Petersen | Johannes | kl. 14:08
Man bliver jo næsten nødt til at spørge, af ren nysgerrighed (eller (...)

Jakob Lindblom | Bente | kl. 13:44
Nej jeg vil ikke slappe af Jacob. For jo du siger en hel masse.. Du eller I (...)

Dagen i dag

Se flere på

Dem, der ønsker at opgive frihed for sikkerhed, vil ikke få, og fortjener ejheller, nogen af delene.

Thomas Jefferson . USAs tredje præsident (1743-1826)

Flere citater