We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Orson Card reviews Freakonomicsby Levitt and Dubner, and sort-of concludes that everyone should read it before they vote. Thus far, it has seemed to me that this book has been more talked-about than read. The review focuses on the correlation between the increase of abortion and the decline in crime rates:
"The innovative policework in New York City was given much of the credit, but the same thing was happening in cities with no new theories or practices. All kinds of theories were advanced, but they all fell apart against statistical realities -- none of them explained why crime rates fell at exactly the time they began to fall. Except for one explanation. Abortion."