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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

A Paradox?

My neighborhood in Brooklyn has far more small business owners than any place I have lived before. And it is also about the most Democrat-leaning place I have lived. In 2008, I think one of my kids classes voted 22-1 for Obama in their mock election.
On the other hand, Staten Island is solidly Republican. And who lives there? Cops and firemen.

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  1. How about a similar related paradox?

    Statistician Douglas Hubbard regularly advises public sector agencies and private corporations on "decision analysis".

    In his conversations, he is amazed to find that a very large number of public sector workers see the private sector as the beacon of efficiency and the public sector as a pit of ineptitude and failure.

    And when he speaks to executives in private businesses, he finds they often wish they were like the military or other government-based departments in their analyses and achievements.

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  2. Race?
    Staten Island has bigger white population.

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    1. Than my neighborhood? (I am comparing SI to my neighborhood, not to Brooklyn.)

      In any case, I think everyone of these liberal entrepreneurs that I know is white.

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  3. Another paradox: America's most successful private schools (Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc.) tend to be more liberal than your average state school.

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  4. I saw a gay couple at Chick-fil-A today.

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