I recently read Nassim Taleb’s latest book Skin in the Game. In it, he puts forth the idea that a sufficiently motivated, intransigent minority can dictate majority preferences, simply by having a stake in the outcome and pushing for it with no or little real resistance on the majority side. As one example, the kosher-eating population is .3% of the total population, but almost all packaged drinks you can buy in the US are kosher.
You can read his summary of the idea in his own words starting at the “Criminals with Peanut Allergies” paragraph here.
I checked the book out from the library and have since returned it, so aren’t able to look up any citations he has around the idea in the appendix. I’ve also googled without much success - does anyone here know if he is basing this idea on any peer-reviewed studies or mathematical paradigms?
Or is it simply an observational hypothesis he’s constructed?