The Politics of Happiness, will you be happier as a liberal or as a conservative

From the Economist “Why conservatives are happier than liberals”

American conservatives tend to believe that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can succeed. This makes them more optimistic than liberals, more likely to feel in control of their lives and therefore happier. American liberals, at their most pessimistic, stress the injustice of the economic system, the crushing impersonal forces that keep the little guy down and what David Mamet, a playwright, recently summed up as the belief that “everything is always wrong”. Emphasising victimhood was noble during the 1950s and 1960s, says Mr Brooks. By overturning Jim Crow laws, liberals gave the victims of foul injustice greater control over their lives. But in as much as the American left is now a coalition of groups that define themselves as the victims of social and economic forces, and in as much as its leaders encourage people to feel helpless and aggrieved, he thinks they make America a glummer place. “

“everything is always wrong”

That is how I became increasingly conservative, no matter the how much things became right or an injustice was address, it seemed it was never enough from the liberal view point I was experiencing. They were more caught up in the injustice, then the solution. It’s like modern day protesting, whether it be the war or the world bank, these protesters seem like they wanted to celebrate the problem rather then expressing a concern.

It became to be that if there was no problem, they couldn’t exist, they were dependent on victimization for their power so there always had to be a problem.

Of course there is still many things that have to be addressed in this world. I’m not ok just being content with wrong doings, let’s solve the wrong rather getting all decked out at rallies in costumes holding angry signs.

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