I've got little to add to this...
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy.
One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century.
Of course, we all remember those Friedman columns longing for the party in power to be able to unilaterally impose its "politically difficult by critically important policies" during the Bush administration.
Oh, you don't remember those?
Hmm... Come to think of it, neither do I. Well, when the space ants come, I'm sure that Thomas will welcome our new insect overlords, and be happy to help them round up others to toil in their underground sugar caves. As long as they're Democrats. Or Communists. Or at least not Republicans...
(The Friedman column also contains this howler: "Mr. Obama is not a socialist; he’s a centrist." Yes, a centrist who has taken over the banking and auto industries and is gunning for the health care system. A centrist who has appointed 31 different czars to Cabinet-level duties in such a way that they don't need Congressional approval, including avowed Communist and 911 "Truther" Van Jones. A centrist whose first major piece of legislation was a $750 Billion grab-bag for leftist special interest groups which has provided no stimulus whatsoever to the economy. A centrist who wants to redistribute the wealth, who jokingly threatened to have a college audited, and less-jokingly threatened to allow mobs to attack bankers. That kind of centrist. It's no wonder the people at the Times think that moderates are arch-conservatives if they think that Obama's a centrist.)
UPDATE: Thanks, Jonah, for linking. Welcome newcomers - feel free to take a look around. I've got a bunch of Obama stuff, a lot of linking but some original analysis. I write a lot about the Boston Red Sox, as well, and whatever happens to come up that inspires me...