March 07, 2004
The Atlantic's Jack Beatty makes the case that the outsourcing trend represents a new wrinkle in the free trade debates that have existed throughout American history. Tom Friedman is his usual moderate, optimistic self in opposition. I'm not sure he's wrong about the long term effects of outsourcing, but I do question the empirical evidence he bases these types of declarative columns on. He spends one week in Bangalore, India talking to people who will parrot his views and churns out four columns. Similar critiques of his work in the Middle East on what he terms progressive Islam are often made.