Monday, March 10, 2008

Things Change.

There are lots of reasons why things change, but one of them is public policy. Ideas have consequences, even if it sometimes takes a long time for those consequences to become evident.

During my formative years, Scandinavia seemed like a sort of paradise--strong economies, progressive cultures, swimsuits optional. Plus, Scandinavian cities were safe. Whereas American cities, especially New York, were sinking into what many thought was a death-spiral fueled by rising crime rates, Scandinavian cities were virtually crime-free, and you could wander the streets at any time of day or night. Europeans viewed Americans as a lawless and dangerous people.

Things changed, though. American cities, led by Rudy Giuliani's New York, rebounded. In Scandinavia, post-Christian culture combined with political correctness to breed ever-scarier urban environments. Today, the roles are reversed...

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