EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): A proud moment for the Stamatakis family and Helleniscope today as my firstborn son Andreas is making his first official public debut in the world of political analysis, presenting his own view on the upcoming presidential election. Dad is especially proud because Andreas is taking my longtime (2016) argument about the unreliability of polling one step further and uses the notion of “preference falsification” elaborated by economist Timur Kuran in his book “Private Truths, Public Lies”.
What is preference falsification? Preference falsification is the act of communicating a preference that differs from one’s true preference. The public frequently conveys, especially to researchers or pollsters, preferences that differ from what they truly want, often because they believe the conveyed preference is more acceptable socially.
Andreas just turned 24 and is a graduate (Stony Brook U.) with three degrees in Physics, Math & Applied Math. After his graduation in 2018, he spent a year as an assistant of Congressman Billirakis, and, among other duties, he had a central role in promoting the recognition of Greek Genocides as part of the Resolution passed in the House Recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
Dad is even more proud that Andreas was able to “grow up” politically (after leaving college behind along with the brainwashing machinery of leftist academia) and he is shaping into a very sensible young conservative and an American patriot very conscious of his Greek descent…