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Seats of power are cultural magnets

April 21, 2010

According to Wikipedia:

A magnet […] is a material or object that produces a magnetic field. This magnetic field is invisible but is responsible for the most notable property of a magnet: a force that pulls on other ferromagnetic materials like iron and attracts or repels other magnets.

Analogously, we could say that seats of economic and/or political power (e.g. Tokyo, London, New York, Lagos) are huge magnets that produce invisible magnetic fields. These fields are responsible for a force that pulls on certain cultural materials and practices and attracts or repels other magnets. Culture is the total way of life of a people living under the influence of a powerful magnet.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2010 10:12 am

    For years researchers have been noting the SE drift of population in the UK moving toward Brussels (Via London), the current line where this population achieves equilibrium is around Burton -on-Trent.

  2. April 27, 2010 11:32 am

    Ah, very interesting. Have you got any refs on that?

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