Here's a WSJ review of Steven Levitt's Freakonomics that's an absolute delight to read.
You'll remember Levitt as the guy that sent the Far-Right Christians into a tailspin awhile back when he noticed a correlation between the legalization of abortion and the decline in our crime rate -- and supported the link. First the FRC tried to claim he was wrong, that no such link existed (today I reckon they would just pretend it actually didn't it exist -- faith-based reality, you know) and then they argued that even if it did, so what? Abortion is still wrong even if it has a good effect on the world! So there!
Kind of like the argument that's being made by some on the right against the socialization of health care now.
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