Is Kidnapper a Viable Career Choice?

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Prices are up and wages are down… It’s hard to make a living nowadays!

Ever wonder about kidnappers’ livelihood?


Well I have–and the good folks at the University of Maryland have compiled a Global Terrorism Database to let us find out.

As it turns out, they’re doing much worse than the rest of us. The median ransom paid now is about the same as it was in the 70s! Adjusting for inflation means their ransom incomes have plummeted. Tragic? You decide.

ransominf The blue line tracks the “raw” ransoms and the orange line is adjusted for inflation.

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About Jim Rose

Utopia - you are standing in it promotes a classical liberal view of the world and champion the mass flourishing of humanity through capitalism and the rule of law. The origin of the blog is explained in the first blog post at

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