An NSF-funded study, and a response.
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2 thoughts on “Liberals, Conservatives, and Happiness”
Ooooh! I feel a fisking coming on! If somebody finds the actual study let me know.
If this is the kind of dreck the NSF funds they need adult supervision or perhaps abolition.The study pre-supposes that inequality is bad. It may or not be,but that isn’t a scientific question,is it? Conservatives are happier because they are productive members of society.
If one doesn’t think of politics one may absorb liberalism from ones environment,unthinkingly.Think Neo-neocon who got over it. If this is not the case one has to decide to accept a lot of nonsense.My own guess is that “Liberals” are unhappy because they are often failures-but it is not their fault-it is society’s.And look at all the poor people-they are the prop in this little psychodrama.If there is no poverty they invent it,so they can bathe in their own self-righteousness.Poor Michelle Obama who has to scrimp to pay for piano lessons-$300k/yr is not enough.The pity ,the horror. Please give us a break,because God knows,they won’t.
My wife taught in NYC schools and commented that the kids on welfare were more expensively dressed than she was. Let’s say no one was starving.
I think also Liberals think of themselves as intellectuals-that is they deal with ideas. This is much nobler than actually producing something that people might be willing to pay for; how wrong it is that people in business make more money than they. This is a form snobbery that is genuinely multicultural;it has appeared everywhere,through out history, but that doesn’t make it right.
It is all about them and their self importance.As for the poor-well if they really cared they would they would at least try to see what might be genuinely helpful,like school vouchers.Radical chic means never being sorry.
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