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Lead in petrol caused a crime wave in the West and makes her enemies kill each other

CRIME. It’s not about wealth, greed, capitalism, statism, Facebook, games or video nasties. It’s about lead. Geroge Mobbiot has read a Mother Jones article on lead poisning. He writes in the Guardian:

At first it seemed preposterous. The hypothesis was so exotic that I laughed. The rise and fall of violent crime during the second half of the 20th century and first years of the 21st were caused, it proposed, not by changes in policing or imprisonment, single parenthood, recession, crack cocaine or the legalisation of abortion, but mainly by … lead.

I don’t mean bullets. The crime waves that afflicted many parts of the world and then, against all predictions, collapsed, were ascribed, in an article published by Mother Jones last week, to the rise and fall in the use of lead-based paint and leaded petrol.

It’s ridiculous – until you see the evidence.

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Posted: 8th, January 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0