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Freakonomics, crime & the KKK  
Posted by Brian D on November 21 2007, 13:29 » Uploaded 21/11/07 13:38  

I read this book recently and liked it. Good to see a mega-bestseller present the findings from criminologist Manuel Eisner on long-term drops in homicide:

I also enjoyed the bit about Stetson Kennedy undermining and humiliating the Ku Klux Klan (second biggest terrorist organisation, after the CIA?) by feeding all the Klan's secret passwords and recognition signals to the producers of the Adventures of Superman radio show. Superman took on the Klan, and the kids of the time knew all the Klan's secrets and incorporated their passwords, etc, into their games.

According to historian Wyn Craig, Kennedy's creative action was "the single most important factor in preventing a postwar revival of the Ku Klux Klan in the North"

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