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hang em allChicago Tribune, January 9, 1919. Ah, the helping professions. This guy could have carved out a career of some distinction in Germany just 20 years later.rope

“It would seem to keep down crime”? Jeez, don’t knock yourself out doing the research there, doc.
In point of fact I believe the crime rates in early modern Britain to have been pretty high, regardless of “Albion’s fatal tree.” Of course, he’s not advocating anything here. Perish the thought.


  1. Interestingly, in Freakonomics, Steven Levitt argues that the one thing responsible for the drop in crime in the USA in the 1990s was Roe v Wade legalizing abortion in the 1970s. As a result, thousands of unwanted children were never born and never grew up to be unwanted teenagers and adults, and therefore did not exist to commit crimes. Something to think about.

    • Raises another interesting question: What was the impact of baby farming on the crime rate?

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