A love of autocracy often lurks beneath the liberal veneer. There's this idea that the right answers are known and the people are just too deluded and distorted to see what they are and to vote for them.She's commenting on recent remarks by Thomas Friedman and Woody Allen, who both wistfully dream of an America where a liberal president has dictatorial powers. Friedman, appearing on Meet The Press yesterday, had this to say:
I'm worried about this, it's why I have fantasized--don't get me wrong--but that what if we could just be China for a day? I mean, just, just, just one day. You know, I mean, where we could actually, you know, authorize the right solutions, and I do think there is a sense of that, on, on everything from the economy to environment. I don't want to be China for a second, OK, I want my democracy to work with the same authority, focus and stick-to-itiveness. But right now we have a system that can only produce suboptimal solutions.Woody Allen also thinks it would be good if President Obama was more like Hugo Chavez. From the LA Times:
The notorious and formerly funny movie director Woody Allen is apparently frustrated with the cumbersome operations of American democracy too.Here's an idea - Allen & Friedman & all the other liberal celebrity millionaires who got rich in America should voluntarily relocate to Cuba or Venezuela and actually live in a country where their fantasies are a bitter reality for millions of people. Of course people like Allen & Friedman always imagine that they would naturally be the people running the place, not the miserable peasants toiling away for the glory of the motherland.
The onetime-father-now-husband-of-his-daughter tells the Spanish-language magazine La Vanguardia that the United States' Democratic Smoker-in-Chief could accomplish a whole lot more from his White House if he didn't have so many disorderly, annoying people objecting, distracting and criticizing him all the time.
Such social messiness has been known to occur in functioning democracies, even cinematic ones, although less often on celebrity-strewn movie sets under the direction of a dictatorial director.
"It would be good… if [President Obama] could be dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly," Allen is quoted as saying.
Allen is also to have said: "I am pleased with Obama. I think he is brilliant. The Republican Party should get out of his way and stop trying to hurt him."