Freakonomics

I devoured this book- it was a really easy read since I am quite the avid fan of throwing conventional wisdom on its end.  Most of the stuff makes easy sense when you just take a step back and look at the big picture, but other points take a little more explaining (Like the Ku Klux Klan chapter).   

My favorite piece of the book is the chapter about Abortions and Crime Rates.  If you are on the fence about being Pro-Choice or a strong Pro-Lifer you should read this chapter.  There is an unwavering correlation that after 18+ years of abortion being legalized (1973), the crime rate had dropped significantly  in the early 90’s and has been doing so ever since then.  Remind you, that the crime rate was steadily increasing to unseen levels in the 80’s.  Most statisticians of the time were saying that the crime rate would continue to rise and that the world was basically coming to an end…  But instead, due to the unforeseen added benefits of the Roe vs. Wade decision, our crime rate was beheaded; simply because the criminals weren’t being born.  Think about that the next time you rally for Pro-Life and all of the implications of not allowing abortions (Besides the obvious one of Free Choice, but that’s another post).   

Love the bonus material at the end of the book and looking forward to reading SuperFreakonomics, when they delve into Prostitutes, Global Cooling and Suicide Bombers.

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