How Everything Became the Culture War

America’s petty tribal arguments are now driving the bus on serious policy. Here’s why we should worry. by MICHAEL GRUNWAL Politico December 2018 To understand how American politics got the way it is today, it helps to rewind the tape to the presidential campaign of John McCain—specifically to his effort to win back a listless crowd at an otherwise … Continue reading How Everything Became the Culture War

Income Inequality’s Most Disturbing Side Effect: Homicide

Where financial disparities are greatest, the murder rate tends to be high. by Maia Szalavitz Scientific American November 2018 Income inequality can cause all kinds of problems across the economic spectrum. Perhaps the most frightening is homicide. Inequality—the gap between a society's richest and poorest—predicts murder rates better than any other variable, according to Martin Daly, … Continue reading Income Inequality’s Most Disturbing Side Effect: Homicide

The Surprising Factor Driving Murder Rates: Income Inequality

Inequality predicts homicide rates ‘better than any other variable’, says an expert – and it is linked to a highly developed concern for one’s own status The surprising factors driving murder rates: income inequality and respect by Maia Szalavitz Guardian A 17-year-old boy shoots a 15-year-old stranger to death, apparently believing that the victim had given him a … Continue reading The Surprising Factor Driving Murder Rates: Income Inequality