July 11, 2006

The Welfare State causes crime

Raw Carrot has an extensive review of "A Land Fit For Criminals". He includes some scans of various diagrams in the book including this one of crime levels:

Notice anything about this diagram? How it seems to be in two distinct phases? The first phase the number of crimes per 100,000 population remains fairly static, the second phase it climbs steadily. The crossover point being just after the end of World War 2. Obviously something dramatic happened then that changed the basic make up of society, leading to steadily greater levels of criminality, the biggest social change at that time being the introduction of the Welfare State.


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