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July 12, 2013 10:26 AM How Violence Is a Source of Trust

Criminals have great difficulty in trusting each other – they often have conflicting interests (and may sometimes have incentives to inform on each other) but have no very good equivalent of the state to enforce contracts. One traditional solution is...

By Henry Farrell

April 16, 2013 11:54 AM The Boston Marathon Bombing

Erica Chenoweth on some of the strategic aspects of the bombing: The blasts were near-simultaneous and co-located in a way that was sure to inflict maximal damage. One cannot necessarily assume intentionality from actions, but in this case the clear...

By John Sides

March 06, 2013 1:28 PM America Ended Mass Deaths of Schoolchildren, 100 Years Ago

My “discovered book” by Grove Patterson, written in 1954, includes this account of the author’s early years at the Cleveland Plain Dealer:The main grade-school building in Collinwood, railroad town and suburb of Cleveland, was destroyed by fire during the afternoon...

By Keith Humphreys

January 10, 2013 11:04 AM Some Wake Up Calls from Mortality Data

Just a few more charts from the mortality data I’ve been hitting today.This is deaths from violence: The US is a real outlier. We’re not so much when it comes to suicide:...

By Aaron Carroll

December 20, 2012 10:57 AM It’s Not the Video Games

Many people have taken exception to my defending video games against charges of causing violence. You’re sure I’m wrong. When I come up against deep-seated beliefs like these, I’ve learned it’s often a waste of time to try and convince...

By Aaron Carroll