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Urban cocoon
h/t Instapundit
...When looking at maps of the United States showing red for counties where the Republican candidate received more votes and blue for counties where the Democrats won, one can’t help but be struck by the predominance of red. Basically, the urban metropolises are Democratic blue and the vast expanse of most of the rest of the country is overwhelmingly red. If presidents were elected by acreage rather than by head count, Republicans would win national elections by landslides.

...One obvious explanation for the overwhelming Democratic majorities in big cities is the Curley effect with the corresponding concentration of Democratic constituencies like welfare recipients and unions, but there is more to it than that. The Curley effect has turned once-vibrant cities into economic basket cases, but what, then, can explain the perennial dominance of Democrats in such thriving, prosperous cities as Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco? Why do affluent, white-collar, highly educated citizens in these cities tend to be liberal and vote Democratic?

Sociologists could have a field day with this question, but the explanation could be something as simple as the fact that people who live in cities are relatively insulated from how difficult and challenging it can be to produce the food, energy, equipment, devices, etc., that comprise the affluence that urbanites enjoy. In their urban cocoons, city-dwellers take for granted the abundance and availability of the economic goods that they consume. For instance, many well-to-do, educated urbanites see no downside to supporting stricter regulations and higher taxes on energy producers, because to them, energy is something that is always there at the flip of a switch (except during the occasional hurricane, as some New Yorkers recently discovered). Life in the city for affluent Americans creates the illusion that all they have to do is demand something and—presto!—it will be there when they want it.
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#17  BIG CITY: Paying to Rebuild, and Rebuild Again
what one quickly learns while knocking about in the Rockaways is that many people didn’t have flood insurance to begin with. Living by the ocean will eventually exact its costs; flood insurance is expensive. Not having flood insurance can also be expensive. Anyone who has been to the waterfront in boroughs outside Manhattan realizes that it is not East Hampton or Maine. Given the current conditions, it would seem like folly to rebuild on the ocean in the Rockaways, but if one did so, logic would advise building farther back, away from the water. But in the Rockaways, there is no farther back; if you moved your house, you’d be reconstructing in your neighbor’s dining room.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418   2012-11-18 17:46  

#16  Highly esucate? Well I would count diplimoas in psychanaysis (Freud was a a scammer), Baklack or women stdies and similar clown disciplines as negative>/b> eduvcation. And people having gone into debt for graduating in.. art history as having, at best, zero education (it is OK if you are millionaire and wanted to please yourself).
Posted by: JFM   2012-11-18 16:03  

#15  Yes, but when it comes to siege cuisine, last is the rat. Crows and carrian lovers chase off the Hemingway steaks. Check the paw, there is a reason real world butchers leave it on.

At the onset of the Peloponnesian War, Athens, argueably that day's New York City, decided to wall themselves in and forced its rural subjects into the city. Almost immediately those rural folks were trying to escape, figuring their chances against the Spartans were greater than in a cut off city. Even with the port mostly operational and the olde school no electricity eat things we throw away and knowledge of proper waste disposal at war do or die, things went downhill very quickly.
Posted by: swksvolFF   2012-11-18 13:00  

#14  The only food which grows in a city is rat.

Don't forget dogs! Raccoons and possums are becoming a viable food source in Detroit as areas of the city become abandoned and revert to a more overgrown state. Remember, check the paw!
Posted by: SteveS   2012-11-18 12:18  

#13  Ah, yes, squab.
Posted by: Procopius2k   2012-11-18 11:55  

#12   only food which grows in a city is rat
And flying rats, aka pigeons.
Posted by: Glenmore   2012-11-18 11:35  

#11  Agoraphobia runs deep. Into your mind it will creep. The only food which grows in a city is rat. Learn to eat it, or learn to get the hell out. Peace of mind is self reliance and a good book.

Taking my taxes and spending it on leftist redistribution programs is not me selling the rope but them taking by force.

"We will Barry you!"
-N. Cruise Chef
Posted by: swksvolFF   2012-11-18 11:20  

#10  Urbanites dictating to others loads of fairy tale regulation without context to its consequences. I believe this was codified a few millenniums ago by Aesop in 'Killing The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs'. Remember we're so modern, hip, there's nothing that the ancients could tell us, say like -
Thou shall not covet
Thou shall not bear false witness
Thou shall not steal

So, go ahead, create a social philosophy that tells you to do just the opposite, because you're modern and urban, do it for 'social justice'. Ignore the portents of Katrina and Sandy, they're just a bunch of wannabe Cassandras. Live, drink and be urban.
Posted by: Procopius2k   2012-11-18 09:15  

#9  Annnnnd... Capitalists always sell commies the rope with which we will be hanged. If city dwellers weren't insulated from reality by middlemen selling them stuff, they might learn a thing or two...
Posted by: M. Murcek   2012-11-18 09:02  

#8  Collectivist personalities gather together. Individualist personalities disperse. Collectivism allows bigger projects, and ability to survive moderate strife in comfort. Individualism allows extreme strife, period. Collectivism is female - invest in one big intensively-supported egg. Individualism is male - spread zillions of tiny swimmers all around.
Posted by: Glenmore   2012-11-18 08:57  

#7  LBJ FDR started social programs that are monster programs now. When the money stops they lose their control.
Posted by: Besoeker   2012-11-18 08:04  

#6  I remember the riot years. These places will turn on each other in a heartbeat. They think you have anything they will take it. Retail stores hit hard and burned out. Nice autos destroyed. They will be at it all night. During the morning say from 9-1 they will be asleep. Move about then. When the kids see the adults do this they will join in and sometimes be worse. Urban areas have a false sense of security. LBJ started social programs that are monster programs now. When the money stops they lose their control.
Posted by: Dale   2012-11-18 06:24  

#5  You want a reason NOT to live "urban"? Tune into an Atlanta local news channel. Pick a channel, any channel.
Posted by: Besoeker   2012-11-18 06:04  

#4  Sociologists could have a field day with this question

LOL. They could, if they weren't themselves communist tools. Affluent, white-collar, highly educated urbanites tend to be liberal and vote Democratic because they are highly educated, of course.
Posted by: RandomJD   2012-11-18 05:57  

#3  Why do affluent, white-collar, highly educated citizens in these cities tend to be liberal and vote Democratic?

Living as a city dwellers alters and sometimes impares cognitive thinking and good mental health. I believe B.F. Skinner did some experiments with certain animals in smallish boxes....... (the results of which have been widely studied and accepted for decades).
Posted by: Besoeker   2012-11-18 05:47  

#2  They can have everything they want, presto! Except twinkies, NO TWINKIES FOR U!
Posted by: Shipman   2012-11-18 05:32  

#1  Yeah. They don't know how it comes to them and they don't care. Stuff just magically appears at Whole Foods instead of being at the end of an amazing string of logistics from Outer Gwondonaland. Fuck anyone who dares to sggest otherwise.
Posted by: gromky   2012-11-18 05:06