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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Conservatism breeds happiness

Over at RealClear Politics.com, George Will has written a humorous column addressing a recent poll that shows conservatives are more happy than liberals. Says Will:
Conservatives' pessimism is conducive to their happiness in three ways. First, they are rarely surprised -- they are right more often than not about the course of events. Second, when they are wrong they are happy to be so. Third, because pessimistic conservatives put not their faith in princes -- government -- they accept that happiness is a function of fending for oneself. They believe that happiness is an activity -- it is inseparable from the pursuit of happiness.
However, Will notes the best thing about this survey is that "this finding is niftily self-reinforcing: It depresses liberals." And that puts a smile on my face.

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