NY Times Elitist Wants You to Own Less to Save the Planet

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wants you to own less to save the planet.

Meanwhile, he’ll be home at his estate.

Priveleged New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman may live like a king but he wants all of you to work less and own less.
It’s for the greater good, of course.
NewsBusters reported:

Good news, we’re doomed, says New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman in Wednesday’s “The Earth Is Full.” (Has the globe-trotting Friedman never been to Texas?) But we can still save ourselves eventually, as long as we realize that “the consumer-driven growth model is broken and we have to move to a more happiness-driven growth model, based on people working less and owning less.” But does that “own less” solution include the privileged columnist as well?

You really do have to wonder whether a few years from now we’ll look back at the first decade of the 21st century — when food prices spiked, energy prices soared, world population surged, tornados plowed through cities, floods and droughts set records, populations were displaced and governments were threatened by the confluence of it all — and ask ourselves: What were we thinking? How did we not panic when the evidence was so obvious that we’d crossed some growth/climate/natural resource/population redlines all at once?
“The only answer can be denial,” argues Paul Gilding, the veteran Australian environmentalist-entrepreneur, who described this moment in a new book called “The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World.” “When you are surrounded by something so big that requires you to change everything about the way you think and see the world, then denial is the natural response. But the longer we wait, the bigger the response required…

…We will realize, he predicts, that the consumer-driven growth model is broken and we have to move to a more happiness-driven growth model, based on people working less and owning less.

“How many people,” Gilding asks, “lie on their death bed and say, ‘I wish I had worked harder or built more shareholder value,’ and how many say, ‘I wish I had gone to more ballgames, read more books to my kids, taken more walks?’ To do that, you need a growth model based on giving people more time to enjoy life, but with less stuff.”

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  • Chisum

    …We will realize, he predicts, that the consumer-driven growth model is broken and we have to move to a more happiness-driven growth model, based on people working less and owning less.


    Nothing More Than Feel-Wings

    Welcome to Liberal-Land.

  • jorgen

    Rather, the NYT is full of it.

  • Gary

    What is this guy, roommates with John Edwards? Oh wait, Al Gore maybe.

  • Pat the First

    Isn’t that what communistis do? The Politburo guys lived well while many Russians barely had enough to live. Mao lived in luxury while the Chinese people lived in squalor. Kim Jun IL lives in a huge luxurious compound and the N Koreans don’t have enough to eat. They follow a pattern.

  • patman

    Wonder how many Chevy Volts this guy owns…

  • Gary

    I used to be really uptight and stressed out until I realized I was just working too hard I owned just too darn much.

  • Kissmygrits

    How much lint does this guy have in his navel? What a screwball. Maybe he’d like to take a walk in my neighborhood, the great NW area of Montana. We’ve got less than a million people in the state, and a lot more wolves than we’d like to have.

  • Contessa61

    Freidman, “Okay. I have all the stuff I need and then some, which is too much. Therefore, everyone needs to cut down on their lifestyles.”


  • jennifer

    Is there a pattern here? Own less, work less, rent, let the gov’t take care of your healthcare, let public schools take care of your kids…..

  • american patriot

    “Do as I say, not as I do.”

    The shibboleth of the liberals, Democrats, who are always more than happy to give to the undeserving the shirt off YOUR back.

  • John

    We need to all help him reach his happy place. Lets take and sell his house and property and donate it to the homeless.

  • MamaGrizzly

    Why is it that the ultra-riche always have this attitude. Yet, they’d NEVER EVER EVER sell THEIR stuff, and give it all to those of us who have not had such great opportunities.

    Like, he could sell one of his cars and give me the money. I really need it. A lot more than he needs that car (since he probably owns about six other cars).

    Or maybe he could sell ALL his cars and bike to work.

    Anyway, just sayin’ I really need the cash right now and it just seems unfair for him to have all that he has when I’m struggling. I’d believe his schtick a lot faster if he’d put his money where his mouth is.

    Crickets . . . .

    The other thing: I think it’s funny that the rich are really, personally, very offended if you suggest such things. I mean, THEY earned that money. And they don’t want to share. Or they would.

  • Sheila

    Why are you surprised? Why are the inconsistencies between what statists say and do constantly noted, as if they’re exceptions rather than the rule? Just because something is an “oldie” doesn’t mean it’s not still valid today: Some pigs are more equal than others. Obama, Friedman, Maddow, Edwards . . . why waste your time thinking that by pointing out this hypocrisy they’ll actually take notice and admit the error of their ways? Why continue to play by the rules when this is a war for survival? Will you be predator or prey?

  • Leatherhelmet

    It appears the first things that need to be cut back are the NY Times and Thomas Friedman books and speeches.

    The pompous attitute of Friedman has grown old. He thinks we are in denial about global warming. We are not the ones in denial Thomas, you are. We have examined the evidence and the science is sketchy and unable to give anything close to accurate predictions which the scientific method is supposed to be based on. Apparently there is alot of money to be made in mindless leftist causes.

  • steveR

    A typical example of a person who has no reason to be a democrat as he surely can’t relate.
    “Pull up the ladder Jack, I’m alright” Rules for you but not for me!

  • zero should ask this @$$wipe if he hasn’t made enough money already.

  • http://www.geriatricalive.com oldsickandtired

    I am 62 years old and watching more and more of these Liberal Elitists telling us what we must give up and all the while they don’t give up a thing. We are headed down the path to Communism. I guess there aren’t enough of my generation left to overpower the dreamy eyed younger generation that is believing this crap and of course learned little or nothing in school about how bad socialism and communism are and have been. I worked towards a retirement and hopes of a gentle elder age only to end up unemployed, living in a friend’s basement and broke beyond belief. If this is what the younger generation want for themselves they are in for a bunch of surprises. How many of us do you supposed Friedman will allow to live in his mansion when we have no place to go??

  • Phillip C

    The problem, as I see it, is that there are too many people who think that everything is not enough. There is a huge difference between ownership and stewardship. We all share this planet, and if we do not all take care of it, then we all will suffer from it’s collapse. Our desires have long since exceeded our needs (this is true), but for someone who, obviously, lives so far above the average in wealth to point down to the masses and tell us we need to cut back is, perhaps, the greatest insult of all. Lead by example. We are not sheep, and you definately are not our master.

  • Chisum

    #11 June 9, 2011 at 11:05 am
    John commented:

    We need to all help him reach his happy place. Lets take and sell his house and property and donate it to the homeless.
    “Happy Place” to a liberal involves ‘chakras’. According to Al Gore.

  • USMC Thomas

    The Democratic Nomenklatura, by virtue of their superior intelligence, deserve to live better than the masses.