Sunday, June 15, 2008

Dog bites man, or, Thomas Friedman upholds privilege in the face of starvation and political injustice

From Friedman's NYT column today -- after a vivid description of Egypt's terrible living conditions, this amazing paragraph:
But Egypt today is one country with two systems. Along the Alexandria highway, we pass one gated community filled with McMansions — with names like “Moon Valley,” “Hyde Park” and “Beverly Hills.” One has a 99-hole golf complex. They are populated by Egyptians who have worked hard and made money in the gulf or who are part of the globalized business class here. They are entitled to their McMansions as much as Americans. But the energy and water implications of all these new gated communities is also fueling the soaring global demand.
May I just point out how absurd (not to mention callous) it is to talk with such confidence about what people are "entitled to" when you've spent your column explaining that the populace has no political rights.

This kind of thing makes one yearn for a day when neoliberal twits like this get expropriated.


Blogger Scantron said...

(Libertarians should feel free to dispute my bit about entitlements and political rights.)

2:47 PM  
Blogger The Sheriff said...

In fact one need not be a libertarian to dispute this. The current avant mode in Egypt effectively guarantees pseudo-democratic and 'free' spaces within the heavily guarded enclaves of the international middle class. The dream of New Urbanist superstructure is as transportable as the architectural plans. Fear not, Moon Valley, your golf courses will be viciously defended against the shambling unwashed masses.

12:07 PM  

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