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It’s the End of the Year As We Know It

The end of 2011 is upon us. Here’s a small selection of comments on things that happened (and that didn’t) in a memorable year.

Things That Happened

1. Osama bin Laden Was Killed. The Iraq war has officially ended and we remembered 9/11 on it’s tenth anniversary, but bin Laden’s legacy will live on in the massively-overblown American security state. In spite of the fact that they are massively wasteful and completely unnecessary, I fear that the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration are here to stay.

2. Kim Jong-Il Died. The death of a communist tyrant gives us an opportunity to reflect on the legacy of communism, which promises a workers’ paradise but delivers famine and slaughter. Here’s R.J. Rummel’s website detailing the handiwork of 20th century “mortacracies.” Here’s my review of Eugene Richter’s Pictures of the Socialistic Future, which predicted a lot of what came to pass in the twentieth century.

3. Muammar Gaddafi Was Killed. 2011 was a bad year for terrorists and tyrants. Gaddafi’s death was one of the most iconic moments in a year that caused Time magazine to name “The Protester” as its “ Person of the Year.”

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Art Carden is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California and an Associate Professor of Economics at Samford University’s Brock School of Business.