Globalist Lapdog Promotes New World Order
by URI DOWBENKO
Book Review: The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas L. Friedman
(1999, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux)
Supposedly a best-seller, "The Lexus and the Olive Tree"
is the latest salvo by the Power Elite to promote their agenda.
Their frontman, author Thomas L. Friedman, is the globe-trotting,
name-dropping Foreign Affairs columnist for the New York Times.
The dubious honor of popularizing globalism, or globalization, and
making it appear inevitable has fallen to Mr. Friedman. As an American
internationalist, Friedman promotes the idea that if United States
gets even more entangled with other nations and mega-corporations
in financial-economic alliances like WTO, GATT, NAFTA, MAI, and
IMF, global peace and prosperity are a sure thing.
As a promoter of Pax Americana, Friedman writes that America truly
is the "ultimate benign hegemon and reluctant enforcer"
-- as if globalist noblesse oblige will convince everybody to hand
over their liberty.
"The very reason we need to support the United Nations and
the IMF, the World Bank and the various world development banks,"
writes Friedman, "is that they make it possible for the United
States to advance its interests without putting American lives or
treasure on the line everywhere, all the time.
fact, making the world safe for Coke, Windows, McDonald's and other
multinationals seems to be the driving force behind the globalist
agenda. Opponents, on the other hand, are branded isolationists,
a term so uncool that the Big Media Cartel likens it to political
"Americans were ready to pay any price or bear any burden in
the Cold War because there was a compelling and immediate sense
that their own homes and way of life were at stake," continues
Friedman. "But a large majority don't feel that way about North
Korea, Iraq or Kosovo... That's why Americans are in the odd position
of being held responsible for everything, while being reluctant
to die for anything."
You got that right, pal.
Dying for NATO or the United Nations just doesn't sound that exciting.
But, who knows? With a little more brainwashing by Friedman and
his ilk, the possibilities are endless.
NO REALPOLITIK IN FRIEDMAN'S WORLD
Interestingly enough, Friedman counts Lawrence Summers, US Treasury
Secretary, his friend. Summers himself is a Bilderberger, an attendee
of the super-secret Global Politburo, which meets on a yearly basis
to plan the direction of the world's economy and God knows what
else. Meetings are strictly off the record, closed to journalists,
and on the QT.
Friedman likewise makes no mention of the Global Power Elites and
their highly questionable agenda of global command & control
economics. As far as he's concerned, the Bilderbergers, Council
on Foreign Relations, Royal Institute of International Affairs,
and the literal swarm of tax-free fronts like the Ford Foundation,
Rockefeller Foundation, and so on, are not even relevant to the
global economy. He pointedly ignores them, although he does mention
in passing the World Economic Forum at Davos.
Instead Friedman tries to amuse -- and impress -- his readers with
anecdotes about his exotic adventures in far-off places. Since he
is a good storyteller, you can assume that the behind the scenes
manipulations of realpolitik are just not that interesting.
SHINY HAPPY GLOBALISTS
His totally goofy book title "The Lexus and the Olive Tree"
is supposed to reference an epiphany he received in Japan in 1992
when he visited the Lexus luxury-car factory.
"It struck me then that the Lexus and the olive tree were actually
pretty good symbols of the post cold war era," he writes. "Half
the world seemed to be emerging from the cold war intent on building
a better Lexus... And half the world -- sometimes half the same
country, sometimes half the same person -- was still caught up in
the fight over who owns which olive tree."
In other words, the smart worker bees were plugging into the global
economy selling luxury cars to those who could afford them, while
the stupid worker bees were still trying to carve up the land according
to their antiquated notions of nations and ownership.
Silly peasants. When will they learn?
Friedman is also very creative in his own twisted way. He invents
cutesy terms like "Golden Straitjacket" which means conforming
to draconian IMF policies without a whimper.
Friedman's other term, "Electronic Herd," refers to global
speculators who invest in whatever at the speed of a keyboard click.
The schmuck probably meant to say "digital goyim," but
that was probably too politically incorrect even for his publishers.
According to Friedman, then, an investor is just another head of
cattle looking for greener pasture.
Friedman doesn't disclose whether the very title of his book, "The
Lexus and the Olive Tree" is the result of some very shrewd
After all, he could have called it "The Infiniti and the Olive
Tree" and who would have known the difference.
THE BRADY BOND SCAM
Friedman's book is a fascinating stewpot of misinterpreting problems,
solutions and results. For instance, in describing the so-called
"Brady Bond" scam in which individual investors paid dearly
for the bad judgments of major investment bankers, Friedman calls
it "democratizing investment".
He positively glows as he writes that "suddenly you and I and
my Aunt Bev could buy a piece of Mexico's debt, Brazil's debt or
Argentina's debt -- either directly or through our pension and mutual
Talk about spin. Instead of just banks holding bad paper, it was
"diversified" so that the "little people" could
throw their own good money after bad -- just like the Big Boys.
Except nobody bails the "little people" out when they
Does Friedman not understand that it's just a matter of spreading
the risk and the potential for default? Or is he playing dumb?
After all the US Government sponsored bankers won't bail you out
like they did with Long Term Capital Management.
GLOBAL CASINO? WHAT GLOBAL CASINO?
With nary a peep about speculation in the global casino, Friedman
ignores the dangers of globalism, like overleveraging non-existent
In fact the likelihood of a financial contagion of bad bets cascading
domino-like in a global market freefall is barely mentioned. He
even pooh-poohs these dangers by writing that "the paranoid
illusionist believes more than nothing -- he believes that there
are hidden debts and off the books liabilities all over the place."
Hey pal, ever heard of the trillion dollar per day off balance sheet
Friedman also ignore other dangers of monoply capitalism, i.e. globalism,
including the cartelization of commodities and global price-fixing,
but does admit that the "scary truth is we don't fully understand
what it means to be interlinked."
"If you talk to Wall Street investment banks today they will
tell you that the thing that absolutely took them by surprise in
the market melt-down of August- September 1998 was how much more
interconnected the system was than they realized," writes Friedman.
"None of their risk models which were based on past correlations
between investments and certain events had anticipated the sort
of chain reactions that in 1998 made a mockery of the whole concept
of diversificatio," he continues.
"Companies that thought they were diversified by investing
in different financial instruments with different maturities, in
different currencies, in different markets, in different countries
found out quickly that all their investments were part of one big
interlinked chain from which they could not escape when markets
started to nosedive."
GLOBAL ELITE RULES
Let's be frank.Friedman is an anti-populist and a false prophet
of a false religion.
But is he really the Karl Marx of Globalism? Only time will tell.
He does, however, seem to be in love with another term he invented
-- DOSCapital 6.0
He also conspicuously quotes Rockefeller asset Fareed Zakaria, editor
of the CFR organ "Foreign Affairs". Zakaria is also a
command and control globalist who told Friedman, "That's why
it's not enough to just harness the market; you have to regulate
it. But to regulate it, you need elites who are ready to protect
things from the market..."
OK, you proles, repeat after me: "You need elites. You need
elites. You need elites."
"It is usually only elites, secure in their own wealth, who
are ready to worry about these things," continues Zakaria.
"The Rockefellers helped set up the national park system in
America. The Metropolitan Museum was founded by great capitalists
who said we need a museum that has nothing to do with the market."
Maybe the globalist go-fers like Friedman and Zakaria never heard
of tax write-offs.
Just remember -- Friedman's book "The Lexus and the Olive Tree"
is like a commercial. "American Hubris. Don't Leave Home Without
When Friedman sez, "Shut up and eat yer globaloney," he
sounds like he really means it.
But then it's all in a day's work, when you're an overpaid media
lapdog like Friedman...