As soon as I saw the news that Google might finally be up off its knees when it comes to communist China, I immediately thought, “Thomas Friedman won’t like this.”
Ed Carson of Investor’s Business Daily agrees:
Google (GOOG) defiantly stated late Tuesday it may exit China, citing attempts to hack into dissidents’ e-mail accounts. It strongly suggested the Chinese government was behind the attacks. The company also said it will no longer censor its results in China.
Clearly, Google doesn’t understand the nuances of China’s totalitarian rule the way New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman does.
From Friedman’s famous Sept. 8 op-ed:
One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century.
No word yet on Friedman or the rest of the folks at the Gray Lady think about this news, but here’s our video from November, putting the above quote by Friedman into context: