Thomas “Loopy” Friedman’s piece shows what he thinks is the best solution for a society. He thinks its great that pre-school-age children across China are being forced to study mathematics and English. And later in the piece, he seems to indicate that the major problem with Egypt is that the government doesn’t provide enough education.
Here’s a quote about the governments of Asia after World War II: “Asia was ruled by many autocrats who essentially came to their people and said, ‘My people, we’re going to take away your freedom, but we’re going to give you the best education, infrastructure and export-led growth policies money can buy. And eventually you’ll build a big middle class and win your freedom.’”
Isn’t that always the Marxist plan? Take away freedoms, construct a socialist society, and promise utopia?