The Naughts: The Second Least-Scary Decade of the Last 100 Years
By Bryan Caplan
When Michael Barone inventoried the top scares of the decade, I kept thinking, “Is that all you’ve got?” I’ll grant that the Naughts were scarier than the Nineties; the 1991 collapse of the USSR was like waking up from a nightmare. But the Naughts were easily less scary than the eight other decades of the last hundred years. The 1910s? WWI and Bolshevism. The Twenties? Bolshevism and Depression. The Thirties and Forties: Nazism, Stalinism, Depression, and WWII. The Fifties through the Eighties: Global communism and nuclear war.
We shouldn’t be whining about how hard the last ten years were. We should be breathing a sigh of relief that we did not live in more interesting times.