The end of 2011 is upon us. Heres a small selection of comments on things that happened (and that didnt) 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 its tenth anniversary, but bin Ladens 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. Heres R.J. Rummels website detailing the handiwork of 20th century mortacracies. Heres my review of Eugene Richters 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. Gaddafis 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.
Art Carden is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California and an Associate Professor of Economics at Samford Universitys Brock School of Business.