If Malcolm Gladwell is right that the cultural legacy of the Scots-​Irish explains the poor outcomes experienced by people in southeastern Kentucky, how do we explain the exceptional success of these same people in Pittsburgh?

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“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” –Peter Drucker (supposedly)

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You can take the boy out of Kentucky, but you can’t take Kentucky out of the boy. – Mamaw Vance

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I just completed a series of posts on Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-​First Century,” a book that experienced an astonishing publications history — despite being 700 pages long and a hard slog — because it caught the exact tenor of the times. A very different and more accessible book that enjoyed similar popularity, and for the…

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