I don't usually go out of my way to read books on the best seller list, but I couldn't resist "Freakonomics," by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. The book applies certain principles and statistical modeling tools of economics to questions that don't include the speed of money as it is related to inflation. For example, they seek to determine what factors in a child's home are most likely to impact their standardized test scores. In one interesting comparison, they show that a child's test scores are more likely to be positively impacted by the number of books in their home rather than the amount they are actually read to by their parents. The point is that the number of books in a home generally reflect the intellectual life and education level of the parents - and the overall culture of the home is more significant than the sheer number of times Dr. Seuss is read in the life of a child...
In one of their more interesting and controversial theses, they posit that the crime rate dropped unexpectedly and precipitously in the 1990's because of legalized abortion in the early 1970's. Using econometric techniques, they rule out the financial boom, policing techniques, and other explanations - and reason that crime dropped because the unwanted children that would have become criminals in the 1990's simply... didn't exist. Keep in mind that they do not make any moral / ethical judgments one way or the other, they simply "run the numbers." Far from using this as an argument for abortion, they argue late in the book that abortion is an economically "inefficient" way to manage crime.
I'll tell you what - they didn't supply the data that would allow their numbers to be validated or disputed. Let's say for hypothetical purposes that they're correct - that crime really did drop because hoards of potential criminals never lived. With 1.5 million abortions a year in the United States - who could deny the impact of a missing generation?
Here is my prediction 50 years in the future... 50 years from now almost two generations of Christians will have been educated and expressly equipped to form a thorough going Christian culture. Classical Christian schools and Christian schools in general have been taking education far more seriously for the past 15 years or so - and I give them another generation and a half to have major impact. The gap between a public school and private (Christian) school education has never been bigger. When I grew up the difference was that private school kids wore better clothes and played lacrosse. The difference now is that private school kids are lean, mean, thinking machines - and public school kids are... ready to use the internet?
Talk about freakonomics. Take hold for the coming revolution.