Category Archive: Thomas Friedman

Naïveté? Or Exploitation?

If there was one thing I learned from my Peace Corps experience it was that people everywhere know a lot more than the lucky few in the worldwide elites believe they do—and that… Continue reading

"And All the Pundits Are Below Average"

In January, Thomas Friedman wrote: In the past, workers with average skills, doing an average job, could earn an average lifestyle. But, today, average is officially over. Being average just won’t earn you… Continue reading

The School of Teaching Without Teaching, Part II

This morning, before leaving for school, I responded to Thomas Friedman’s piece in today’s New York Times. I wrote quickly. Though today is “reading day” before final exams, I am responsible for a… Continue reading

School of Teaching Without Teaching

In her novella Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor has character Hazel Motes create the Church of Christ Without Christ. Thomas Friedman has apparently joined its contemporary offshoot, the School of Teaching Without Teaching. Certainly,… Continue reading

Everybody’s Right

An accelerant doesn’t cause a fire–but it can sure make it burn.  But even a lot of it, as anyone who has tried to start damp charcoal with lighter fluid, might not be… Continue reading

A Loosing Battle

OK, all of us create typos, misplace punctuation (or omit it), and spell certain works idiosyncratically. Let’s face it: the “rules” of English do little to assist us and much to maintain confusion.… Continue reading

The Flat-World Fairy Tale

Three of my favorite writers, V.S. Naipaul, John LeCarre, and Alan Furst, keep me thinking about Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat. Friedman sees globalization as the great leveler–or, perhaps, the great empowerer,… Continue reading