FREAK-TV: ‘All the Death Threats Came From the Left’

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There’s a new Freakonomics video today, the third and final installment of Levitt talking about his academic research, co-authored by John Donohue, that linked a rise in legalized abortion to a drop in crime. (You can access Parts 1 and 2 in the thumbnail images beneath the video player.)

In this piece, Levitt talks about the initial, stormy reaction to the abortion/crime research. As it turned out, this reaction continued to play out for years.

Just to show how dumb we are, we very nearly didn’t bother to include the abortion/crime argument in Freakonomics, since we felt it had been so broadly discussed in the media. But in the end we relished the opportunity to place it in the broader context of the 1990s crime drop, which allowed us to write about the abortion/crime link with a thoroughness that is often missing from media portrayals of it.

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  1. mgroves says:

    The left and MSM generally seem to assume poor=black and vice versa. It seems like a fundamental identity for many of them.

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  2. mgroves says:

    The left and MSM generally seem to assume poor=black and vice versa. It seems like a fundamental identity for many of them.

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  3. frankenduf says:

    you’re probably right mgroves- but paradioxically, I think the social arguments (predating Freakonomics’ release) linking abortion and crime were fostered by the left- that is, the argument used to be that abortion should be legal in part because of all the unintended pregnancies in the ghettos which lead to poorer living conditions for those children which increases crime- maybe there’s a bit of denial on the part of the loonys who threaten death in that they can’t admit to themselves their own racism, so they took their dissonance out on Levitt

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  4. frankenduf says:

    you’re probably right mgroves- but paradioxically, I think the social arguments (predating Freakonomics’ release) linking abortion and crime were fostered by the left- that is, the argument used to be that abortion should be legal in part because of all the unintended pregnancies in the ghettos which lead to poorer living conditions for those children which increases crime- maybe there’s a bit of denial on the part of the loonys who threaten death in that they can’t admit to themselves their own racism, so they took their dissonance out on Levitt

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  5. George says:

    Your video player still sucks.

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  6. George says:

    Your video player still sucks.

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  7. Matt says:

    This reminds me of the tempest surrounding The Bell Curve: There’s apparently nothing wrong with suggesting that different groups of people have different mean IQs (indeed, many Democrats on the internet circulated such a document that alleged that states that voted for Gore had higher average IQs than those which voted for Bush, though it had no sourcing and nothing to confirm its veracity). As soon as one asserts that race might be a factor, though, the results are immediately suspect and the authors pariahs.

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  8. Matt says:

    This reminds me of the tempest surrounding The Bell Curve: There’s apparently nothing wrong with suggesting that different groups of people have different mean IQs (indeed, many Democrats on the internet circulated such a document that alleged that states that voted for Gore had higher average IQs than those which voted for Bush, though it had no sourcing and nothing to confirm its veracity). As soon as one asserts that race might be a factor, though, the results are immediately suspect and the authors pariahs.

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