Wednesday, June 26, 2013

ISA and Freakonomics

Not long ago we posted about a proposal that the Israeli government pay a small sum to anyone who'd change their foreign-sounding name to a Hebrew one. Initially, we were responding to a query from a reader, but once we were there, we put the correspondence into the context of Ben Gurion's control-freak urges or lack thereof.

Yesterday Stephen J. Dubner linked to our post from the Freakonomics blog. Predictably, he was intrigued by the economic aspect of the discussion, an angle we hadn't given much thought to.

Which just goes to show that archives can be interesting for all sorts of reasons, many of them unforeseen by the archivists.

PS. If you haven't yet read it, you might wish to take Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.) when you go to the beach this summer.

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