Morning Highlights

Good morning.

  • Ben Myers (or Kim Fabricus?) posts 10 thoughts on the literal and the literary at Faith and Theology.
  • Mark Nikirk offers gun control as compared to theology at Beer Hall Revival, which also has some interesting art on display to highlight his blog.
  • Considering the libertarian economic angle in Iraq, by Shannon Love at Chicago Boyz.
  • Childhood embarrassment and lessons learned at Amy’s Humble Musings.

Have a great day.

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  1. a comment says:

    Regarding Shannon Love’s post on the economic boom in Iraq: If it were happening here, in US population terms more than 850,000 people would have been killed in the last 3 years, about 18 million would have fled the country (including most professionals and those with assets) and 5 million would be displaced within the US. Not to mention that we would be plunged into civil war, or close to it. In those circumstances, it would be peculiar to praise economic growth that results. September 11 may have spurred a construction boom in Lower Manhattan, for example, but I’m sure Shannon is not happy about it.

  2. Mark says:

    Numbers lie. Iraq violent death rates are listed here as 12 per 100,000. In this country, they are listed by the CDC at 5.3 per 100,000, which puts the rate in Iraq as slightly over twice ours.

    I’m curious who is starting those businesses and causing an economic boom of 17 and 13 percent over the last two years if “everyone with assets” has fled the country.

    I’ve commented in the past, you need to look at the rates of violent death in the late 18th and early 19th century American frontier, which I think far exceeded both … but wasn’t a civil war.

    Scroll down, in the 1990′ in Washington DC the rate was almost 70 per 100,000. Of course, everyone fled the city because it was in the throws of a civil war … or not.

  3. a comment says:

    Are you sure about that? Around 100,000 people in Iraq have died in a population of 25 million. That’s 400 per 100,000 by my calculation.

    My point was that it was odd to praise economic growth and deregulation amid such a disaster.

  4. Mark says:

    Uhm, those are per annum figures. The relevant figure is violent death rates in the 2005 or 2006. Many of those deaths are during the invasion. Shannon isn’t talking about those years, just the last few during which an amazing recovery is happening, which may in fact be in a large part due to deregulation.