Friedman Admires Autocracy

Thomas Friedman compares the U.S. with China in the New York Times:

The only way for us to match them is by legislating a rising carbon price along with efficiency and renewable standards that will stimulate massive private investment in clean-tech. Hard to do with a one-party democracy.

Because China has Cap & Trade? Pffft.

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One party democracy? What the

One party democracy? What the hell is this guy trying to say?

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China is a communist state which control the economy and a single - often authoritarian - party holds power; state controls are imposed with the elimination of private ownership of property or capital while claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people.

Not sure...

I'm not sure what Friedman meant about a one-party democracy but why would he compare the U.S. with China anyway? Although I'm not so sure myself on which side to side to so I'm kind of confused right now. What I do know is that U.S. has its own democracy and I simply don't get what this autocracy is all about.