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Nicolas Taleb lais out a pretty convincing case why a rigid minority will always end up dominating a flexible majority in his article The Dictatorship of the Small Minority

If a minority is well distributed among a majority, and that minority holds a very rigid belief and the majority is flexible on that belief, then the belief will end up dominating the entire population.

This does not happen for extremely small minorities, but it tends to happen when the minority reaches about 3-5% of the total population.

The reasons fro this are partly economic in nature. Which suggests to me that there is probably a relation between the costs of the belief and the ratio of minority to majority. But that aside.

One of the examples Taleb gives is that of Kosher drinks.


Originally posted at: 2017-01-31
Last modified on: 2017-01-31