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    • Angelus Novus
    • 20.12.09 | 10:04 (IST)

    You quote Thomas Friedman of "The New York Times" as stating that "[t]he problem of climate change will be solved by engineers and scientists, not bureaucrats..." I doubt that that will be Friedman's last self-sufficient comment. It most certainly isn't his first personal contribution to global warming. He is by no means a careful thinker. The idea that capitalism depends solely on Schumpeterian innovators unhampered by any central authority was playfully concocted by Lewis Carroll. In point of fact, capitalism requires a regulatory framework--a host of bureaucratic signals, if you will--wherein investment decisions can be made with less uncertainty than under a mythical laissez-faire market. Your newspaper could easily find talented commentators in Israel, Europe, Australia or the United States who would make it patently clear that Thomas Friedman need not be quoted.

    from the article: Failures of the UN Climate Conference will be solved by science
    First published 01:12 20.12.09 | Last updated 04:15 20.12.09
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