Source: Paul Krugman
Kieran Healy has a chart:
The blue line at the top is the US; the other lines are for other advanced countries.
What I find most striking here actually isn’t the higher US level of violence; it’s the remarkable turnaround. I grew up in the America marked by that peak in violence — the America in which Times Square was a nest of drug addicts and porn shops, and people were afraid to take the subway. Now it’s another world.
And that’s one reason I find all these laments about declining values among non-elite Americans hard to take seriously. If things like single parenthood were as bad as they say, how can social pathologies have declined so much?