My odyssey is perhaps atypical. My parents, lifelong pro-life Dems, felt Dems cared more about the poor, ( but voted for Goldwater in '64, thinking it unwise for LBJ to win by a landslide, as he did), Born in Miami, I grew up in the Bronx from the age of 3 months to 4 years old, which gave me my accent. From 4 years to 14 1/2 I lived in Staten Island, an oasis of conservatism in liberal NYC. When I was 13 my best friend's parents were not members of, but were sympathetic to the John Birch Society, a group that believed Eisenhower was a Communist. A militant anti-communist group, the Minutemen, were reported to have infiltrated the local Miller Air Force base. So I rebelled against the conservative milieu I was raised in. The liberal icing on the cake were the civil rights and anti-war movements which seemed to occupy the moral high ground. At 16 I went to MLK's 1968 March on Washington. I campaigned for John Anderson in 1980 as I was still fairly liberal, and couldn't vote for Reagan. Studying Economics at Rutgers in the 1980s changed my views.