When the best you can say about a 10-year span is that Y2K was overblown and that at least our downturn wasn't a Depression, you know it was hardly the best of times. We're not particularly sorry to leave the Aughts behind. And if you need any more reminders of what makes this decade so worthy of finally ringing out, here's a look back at some of the really, truly bad ideas that it inflicted upon us.
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The misguided effort to blame vaccines for causing autism isn't just bad science, Clive Thompson argues. By hindering our ability to fight the flu, it's killing people.
Remember how Osama bin Laden escaped after the battle of Tora Bora in 2001? It was no accident -- but the result of flawed planning and beliefs about how to wage modern wars, argues Susan Glasser.
Could anything that brought you Tom DeLay doing the cha cha on national television really be so wrong? Yes. Yes it could, says Amelie Gillette. Dancing on TV is a meaningless fame factory, and viewers embraced it in depressingly huge numbers.
As hand-held e-mail devices such as the BlackBerry have proliferated, John Freeman writes, our addiction to email -- and to work -- has spiraled out of control.
The Justice Department's memos on torture were the lowest low point in post-Sept. 11 legal thought. As Dahlia Lithwick shows, they were proof that in wartime, the law is as malleable as its most cynical lawyer.
An absurd breed of ensemble movie emerged, Dennis Lim observes, one characterized by large casts, intersecting plots and the wrongheaded belief that it's a small world after all.
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 was supposed to head off Enron-style wrongdoing. Instead, contends Nick Gillespie, it only added expensive regulations without fixing the problem.
Compassionate conservatism promised George W. Bush as the healer-in-chief. It won him the White House. But, Reihan Salam argues, it stranded Republicans in an era of crony capitalism -- with entrepreneurship and growth snuffed out for a generation.
Sports seasons are bleeding into one another, with longer playoffs, more bowl games and an NCAA tournament that may reach 96 teams, complains The Post's Tracee Hamilton. What happens when the madness is year-round?
Plenty of mistakes and delusions brought on our financial crisis, writes Greg Ip of the Economist, but none so much as the belief that housing prices can only go up.
Would would Jesus do? According to Cathleen Falsani, he certainly wouldn't sign on to the prosperity Gospel, the pernicious idea that God blesses the faithful with material wealth.