Tidbits from Alexander Pope

A reviewer of Maynard Mack's biography of Pope, writing in the National Review in 1986

Mack offers sound but unoriginal readings of the poems and reminds us that, after Shakespeare, Pope "contributed more to our common language than any other poet." He also examines Pope's astonishing technique and diversity of tone, which ranged from the erotic wit of The Rape of the Lock ("Oh Hadst thou, Cruel!, been content to seize / Hairs less in sight, or any Hairs but these!") and the subtle sensitivity of An Essay on Man ("The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine!/ Feels at each thread, and lives along the line") to the inquisitive arrogance of the inscription on the collar of the Prince of Wales's puppy ("I am his Highness' Dog at Kew,/Pray tell me Sir, whose Dog are you?") and the savage pride in the power of the satirist in 1738 ("Yes, I am proud; I must be proud to see/Men not afraid of God, afraid of me").

The last quotation is interesting. The frail Pope refused to cower in fear of those who might do him physical harm, but he did not venture out without his Great Dane (Bounce) and two pistols.


Roy Moore and Jane Austen

A nice bit of dialogue from the pages of Ricochet.com

Person A.  So is the fact that as a 30+ year old man he was trying to pick up 16 year olds not bad enough? Because to me that alone seems to call much of his character into question. Not to mention his weaselly non-denials of this fact but of all the facts around this fact. I guess this will all hinge on what the meaning of is is. Right?

Person B. He was a young man (30) just home from Vietnam who wanted a girlfriend. In Alabama in the 70’s women his age were either already married or divorced. A man in search of a wife pretty much had to turn to younger women. Women have been conditioned by novels and movies to go for older guys for a long time. Lauren Bacall was 20 when she told the 44-yr. old Humphrey Bogart, “ If you want me, just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”


Juror Asks, "What's a Senator?"

Bob Menendez juror interrupts deliberations to ask judge, 'What is a senator?': Report

A juror taking part in the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., interrupted deliberations Tuesday to ask the presiding judge: "What is a senator?"

U.S. District Judge William Walls refused to answer the juror's question and similarly denied their request for a transcript of the closing argument from Menendez’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, per Bloomberg.




Chalk One Up For (The Libertarians? Common Sense? )

Prostitution Reduces Rape

by Alex Tabarrok on October 31, 2017 at 7:34 am in Economics, Law | Permalink

A new paper in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy by Bisschop, Kastoryano, and van der Klaauw looks at the opening and closing of prostitution zones (tippelzones) in 25 Dutch cities.

Our empirical results show that opening a tippelzone reduces sexual abuse and rape. These results are mainly driven by a 30–40 percent reduction in the first two years after opening the tippelzone. For tippelzones with a licensing system, we additionally find long-term decreases in sexual assaults and a 25 percent decrease in drug-related crime, which persists in the medium to long run.

Cunningham and Shah studied decriminalization of indoor prostitution in Rhode Island and found very similar results.

We exploit the fact that a Rhode Island District Court judge unexpectedly decriminalized indoor prostitution in 2003 to provide the first causal estimates of the impact of decriminalization on the composition of the sex market, rape offenses, and sexually transmitted infection outcomes. Not surprisingly, we find that decriminalization increased the size of the indoor market. However, we also find that decriminalization caused both forcible rape offenses and gonorrhea incidence to decline for the overall population. Our synthetic control model finds 824 fewer reported rape offenses (31 percent decrease) and 1,035 fewer cases of female gonorrhea (39 percent decrease) from 2004 to 2009.

read the rest here.