Middle-Class Suicide Bombers
Economist Alan Krueger‘s excellent work on terrorism — which we’ve discussed before — comes to the conclusion that suicide bombers tend to be surprisingly well-educated. They are not generally the poorest of the poor; in fact, they are more likely to be middle class members of society.
Now it turns out that further support for Krueger’s assertions is coming from an unlikely source: the video game Halo 3.
Clive Thompson, extremely well-educated and certainly middle-class at the least, describes in Wired how Halo 3 turned him into a suicide bomber.
(Hat tip: Ravin Pierre.)