I’ve grown so used to dismissing Tom Friedman’s work for The New York Times that when he writes something genuinely good, it comes as a surprise. To wit, in his column for the Sunday paper, he aruges that our political system has devolved into a “vetocracy”—a system where “no one can aggregate enough power to make any important decisions at all.”
The culprits, according to Friedman, are polarization, broken institutional norms—in particular, filibuster abuse—the massive proliferation of special interests, and the growing importance of money in politics.
The Dysfunction of our Democracy Tom Friedman's column Sunday in The New York Times is a must-read diagnosis of the grave problems that plague our political system. How can anything get done in a system set up to prevent anyone from... Read Post
Good Christ, it’s like some horrible mashup of Lee Siegal and… well, Tom Friedman. For me, the most frightening news in The Times on Sunday was not about North Korea’s stepping up its nuclear program, but an article about how Americ... Read Post