Rebuttal: big cities are what make people crazy.
Citing the work of economist Erzo F. P. Luttmer, who found that support for redistributionist policies was greater among those who live near poor people of the same race, Glaeser argues that “[i]f proximity breeds empathy … then distance may reduce that empathy.”
The problem here is that proximity does not, in fact, breed empathy. It breeds hyperaggression, failure to breed and nurture young normally, infant cannibalism, increased mortality at all ages, and abnormal sexual patterns. Which explains how urban “scientists” can: 1) take from the haves and (after paying themselves handsomely) give to the have-nots, and 2) call such theft “empathy”. It takes a behavioral sink plus higher education to create cannibals who demand congratulations for their diet.
While Glaeser’s argument here remains speculative, it’s in line with a great deal of recent research that suggests wealth (and the attendant ability to segregate oneself from the poor) may make people more selfish and less empathetic.
“Suggests”. “May.” My, what emphatic ambivalence! I was going to go deeper into this idiocy until noticing that Laura at aceofspades already had. So I’ll just note the eternal irony of big-city behaviorists, and get back to my meal.