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The Most Intolerant, Wins.

N. N. Taleb likes outliers and minorities. He wrote an interesting book called ' Black Swan: The impact of the highly improbable ', which was a fascinating read that I highly recommend. Recently, I read an article by him called " The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dominance of the Stubborn Minority ". It's a fascinating study of the counterpoint to the majority rules rule, and shows how minority populations end up making decisions for the vast majority of the population, even changing the majority population's makeup.  Mr. Taleb gives the example of the Muslims and Christians, the examples of Rome and the Christians, the example of Kosher everything, the removal of peanuts from public life, and a current event in the general acceptance or rejection of GMO foods. I won't go into the details, the article is linked above, give it a look. But it does provide an interesting formula: The population which requires x, will inevitably overcome the population that can