...was a good year for the governments.
In the US, the government prolonged a depression.
In Russia, the government through negligence allowed forest fires to rampage through the country, destroying houses, farms, and fields, killing tens and displacing thousands of people, raising daily mortality of Moscow from 6,000 to 10,000 cases a day (because of smoke), and causing billions of damage. Putin’s changes in Forestry Codex, reduction in firefighters forces, and other “reforms” are working well.
Production of grain in Russia dropped twice in this year. Putin is planning to ban grain export from Russia. As a result, grain prices are rising already, and food prices are projected to rise twice this year.
Now tell me: if those forests belonged to private individuals; if they were a private property, would their owners allow such things to happen?
But hey, President Medvedev proposed a change from “Militia” to “Police” as the name for Russia’s... umm... police. It’s the first step in improving the effectiveness of police at catching businessmen.
This is a great video (with appropriate “quotes” from Soviet movies):
Some people equate the word anarchy with chaos. I don’t know if it is possible to imagine a greater chaos that results from the government’s “order”.