Crime is still falling
The number of violent crimes in the United States dropped significantly last year, to what appeared to be the lowest rate in nearly 40 years, a development that was considered puzzling partly because it ran counter to the prevailing expectation that crime would increase during a recession.
Kevin Drum beat me to the biological determinism podium
the cohort effects from lead abatement efforts and the introduction of unleaded gasoline probably continue to make themselves felt, so this might not be as mysterious as it seems.
Apropos of Adams early post: Maybe 15 years ago I was a hardcore Tabla Rasa supporter. There was no way I could imagined myself waking up, believing anything different.
Today, I frequently say: crime and poverty in the first world are biological diseases and one day they will have a biological cure. Our purpose right now is to ease the pain of all those afflicted.
Ironically, I think liberals tend to be less accepting of biological determinism, but it was my acceptance of it that led me to be increasingly in favor of efforts to help the first world poor.
If these are biological effects, genetic or environmental, then by what moral compass can we compound their suffering through our public policy.