I was surfing the Interwebs this morning when I ran across this little article over at Glenn Reynold's blog Instapundit, The Economic History of the Last 2,000 Years in 1 Little Graph.
It's fairly self-explanatory, which is perfect for Morons like me. It shows the dramatic rise of the Industrial Revolution (led by the US), among other things. The author also follows up with more in Part II and Part III.
What I found most interesting was this chart from Part II.
Notice the rise of the US after 1800.
Not mentioned in this series is the disturbing fact that an awful lot of people (curiously including some Americans) view this as something to be stopped rather than imitated. I speak specifically of those One-World-Government types who inhabit the United Nations. Their new initiative to tackle the Ongoing Myth of Man-Made Global Warming calls for an economic contraction of major countries.
I'm sorry, but I just don't get that whole idea. Why would anyone wish to destroy the means by which to clean up the environment by contracting economies and making everyone poorer?
Could it be that their whole point isn't to "save the world" but to tear us down because of our freedoms? This mindset makes my brain hurt when I try to comprehend it. Not just this chart, but pretty much all the others point to the success of freedom and liberty.
Why not duplicate this success for the whole world? Why not foster and promote individual freedom for all?