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  •  Another big part of crime... (2+ / 0-)
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    True North, lieblingskartoffel the social acceptance of crime. If you feel that a particular crime is acceptable in your community, you're much more likely to commit it. That goes beyond legality, of course, and into just the social norms of the groups you identify yourself with. (See, for example, Marijuana use as an example of laws that people obey or not purely based on what "kind" of person they identify as.)

    People are awfully malleable when it comes right down to it. Just think of what people tolerated in the past...

    •  And if Glenn Beck is your community (1+ / 0-)
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      We've seen some examples already of people who embarked on violence, including murder, because they identified themselves with the "teachings" of some conservative celebrities.

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