Steve Sailer has been dissecting
the demographics and politics of location, partly in connection with the subprime real estate bubble.
One of Sailer's main points is the link between location, politics and income: the closer you get to an ocean beach, the more expensive the land, and the more leftish the population.
This led me to wonder: is there an innate connection here? When you have the genetic combination that pulls you toward beaches, do you also have the natural equipment for material success, and the natural tendency toward leftist politics?
The latter two are certainly connected and innate. No mystery there. Top dogs are aristocrats, and the modern Western expression of aristocracy is leftist politics.
But what about the drive to be near an ocean? Natural or learned?
One quick test shows it to be a learned status symbol manufactured through advertising and peer pressure, like the taste for diamonds or caviar. If the basic sensory inputs
(seeing and hearing waves, an infinite horizon, fishy smells) were linked to the talents that yield success, then lakeshores would be just as valuable as ocean shores. Lake Erie should be just as unattainable as Malibu. But it ain't.
Example: Luna Pier, Michigan, just north of Toledo. I visited there a few times when I lived in Bowling Green. It's a beautiful place, with charming cottages, lapping waves and an infinite horizon. Is it wildly expensive? Not at all. The real estate prices
look similar to any solid but nothing-special Midwestern city: house by house, the same prices you'd find in Enid or Topeka.
While examining the prices, this house grabbed my attention. Showing a picture instead of a link, because I suspect the listing won't be there very long....
One block from the infinite horizon, a clean and cute place for $18k. I could afford that myself, and I'm many light-years down
from Malibu-rich. (Tempted? Yes.)
I'll bet this was originally an Aladdin
house; many of the 1920's seaside and lakeside cottages were built from prefab kits.
Specifically, I'll bet it's a modified version of this Aladdin model: