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The Lexus and The Olive Tree. Thomas L. Friedman. The Symbolism of The Lexus. Lexus: Japanese Luxury Car Characteristics Symbolism. The Symbolism of the Olive Tree. The Olive Tree Rooted Stable Symbolism:. Tension Between the Lexus and The Olive Tree. Globalization: not a choice

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The Lexus and The Olive Tree

Thomas L. Friedman


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The Symbolism of The Lexus

  • Lexus: Japanese Luxury Car

    • Characteristics

    • Symbolism


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The Symbolism of the Olive Tree

  • The Olive Tree

    • Rooted

    • Stable

    • Symbolism:


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Tension Between the Lexus and The Olive Tree

  • Globalization: not a choice

  • Sense of Identity v. Surviving in the Global system


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Democratization

  • of Technology and Information

  • Of Finance

  • The role of the Internet


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The Golden Straitjacket

  • Making the private sector the primary engine of economic growth

  • Maintaining a low inflation rate

  • Shrinking the size of the state bureaucracy

  • Maintain a balanced budget for government

  • Deregulate capital markets


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The Golden Straitjacket

  • Open industries, stock and bond markets, and foreign access to local ownership

  • Eliminate government corruption

  • Open the banking and telecomm industries

  • Allow citizens a choice of competing pension systems


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The Electronic Herd

  • Two Basic Groups:

    • Short-horn cattle

    • Long-horn cattle


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The Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention

  • When a country reached the level of economic development where it had a large middle class to support a McDonald’s network

  • Two Mc Donald countries didn’t fight wars anymore

  • They preferred to wait in line for burgers


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