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  • From Frank's article:
    « Most revealing is Friedman's understanding of the United States itself, a country in whose image markets quite naturally wish to remake the world. In a closing chapter Friedman asks us to wonder with him at how "a visionary geo-architect" (i.e., God) would go about designing the ultimate nation, how He would insist that it have "the most flexible labor market in the world," that all manner of rebellions and zany lifestyle accessories be tolerated in the boardroom as the signs of creativity that they are, that corporate managements be allowed "to hire and fire workers with relative ease." Evidently it's not enough anymore to claim, as Rockefeller did, that "God gave me my money"; in passages like these Friedman is virtually asking us to imagine God ghostwriting the Tom Peters books, God descending from the heavens to bust PATCO, to pass the Taft‑Hartley Act over Truman's veto, to send in the strikebreakers, to make Manpower the largest employer in the land. »

    You see? It really is about cheap labor. The marxist interpretion of history as class warfare once again rears its banal head.