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September 17, 2006


I'm not a George Will fan and, since I lived in them, I don't think the 1950's were utopian. However, I don't think there's much doubt that the crime rate was lower and the public schools were better. Consider just one crime statistic: homicides. The rate per 100,000 in each year of the 1950's was better than the best year in the 1990's.

I'm sure that all sorts of explanations and rationalizations can be found to explain why that might be. Obviously, there are problems. We should be discussing what their origins are rather than whether we have them.

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