(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)
So this decade is almost over, at least as such things are normally reckoned. Does anyone care?
I feel profoundly indifferent about the aughts. In terms of politics, all of the same problems that we faced at the start of the decade (out of control health care spending, unsustainable entilement programs, gawd-awful schools) we still face at the end. The Obama administration seems determined to make some of these problems worse rather than better.
Some of the newer problems that arose (Islamo-fascist terrorism and government nutured housing bubble) are far from resolution as well. The only big thing I can think of to feel positive about was the continuing splintering of mass culture into subcultures. Oh, and mashups. Mashups are cool.
Best to put this decade to bed as a write-off and move on. Discuss amongst yourselves.