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Thursday, October 21, 2021

NYT: Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals

The New York Times ran a column, "Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals. Discuss."

That's fine with me. But before I answer why, let me go over what was reported.

(Opinion columns in the Times often are more informative than their news stories, which often are more biased than their opinion columns.)

The column by Thomas Edsall said, "Two similarly titled papers with markedly disparate conclusions illustrate the range of disagreement on this subject. 'Why Are Conservatives Happier Than Liberals?' by Jaime Napier of N.Y.U. in Abu Dhabi and John Jost of N.YU., and 'Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals, but Why?' by Barry R. Schlenker and John Chambers, both of the University of Florida, and Bonnie Le of the University of Rochester."


Edsall wrote, "Napier and Jost note that they 'consistently found conservatives (or right-wingers) are happier than liberals (or left-wingers). This ideological gap in happiness is not accounted for by demographic differences or by differences in cognitive style. We did find, however, that the rationalization of inequality — a core component of conservative ideology — helps to explain why conservatives are, on average, happier than liberals.'"

Conservatives somehow support the rationalization of inequality.

After all these years as a conservative, I did not know that. 

And how does rationalizing inequality make anyone happy? Has any father ever said to his kids, hey, we're going to rationalize inequality today? Won't that be fun?

Politics never have made anyone happy except on election night.

Edsall also wrote, "A very different view of conservatives and the political right emerges in Schlenker, Chambers and Le’s paper: 'Conservatives score higher than liberals on personality and attitude measures that are traditionally associated with positive adjustment and mental health, including personal agency, positive outlook, transcendent moral beliefs, and generalized belief in fairness. These constructs, in turn, can account for why conservatives are happier than liberals and have declined less in happiness in recent decades.'"

And he quoted the latter paper as saying, "Conservatives are more satisfied with their lives, in general and in specific domains (e.g., marriage, job, residence), report better mental health and fewer mental and emotional problems, and view social justice in ways that are consistent with binding moral foundations, such as by emphasizing personal agency and equity."

Then Edsall quoted a bunch of non-academic papers that gave liberals a positive spin.

It is the New York Times, so I expected that.

But in ceding happiness to conservatism, NYT showed liberalism makes one miserable.

An L-Dotter using the pseudonym Iowa Dad at Lucianne,com wrote, "We conservatives are happier because we work hard, create a nice family and keep on the right side of the law. All these efforts make our lives better. The resulting inequality is exactly what we expected to achieve. We simply don't care if life is unequal."

I would not be so harsh. A better explanation comes from comedian Louis C.K., who told his daughter, "The only time you look in your neighbor's bowl is to make sure that they have enough. You don't look in your neighbor's bowl to see if you have as much as them."

They have enough. Not equal, but enough.

The clip also shows the childishness of the liberal argument for equal amounts. Little girls make that argument, Grownups shouldn't. I really don't care how much money Donald John Trump has. I look at my bank account and find it sufficient.

And therein lies the key to happiness: Mind your own business.

Consider vaccinations. Liberal want everyone to be vaccinated. They are talking about vaccine equity for racial and ethnic minorities. At the same time, liberals are demanding vaccine mandates.

As a conservative, I don't care if you are vaccinated. It does not affect me.

I do care if you abort a baby because contrary to popular opinion, a baby in the womb is not your body. The baby has a different DNA. The baby is a guest inside the mother.

There are happy liberals and there are unhappy conservatives, but in general, the NYT is correct: conservatives are happier.

How important is happiness?

Jefferson enumerated three inalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

You are entitled to the pursuit, not the happiness.

Our duty is not to secure happiness for liberals, but rather to allow them to pursue it. Apparently, they just aren't very good at pursuit.


  1. MYOB works for me!

  2. To be a Lefty, you have to be a good hater.

    Haters are rarely happy.

  3. Folks on the right compete with themselves to be the best at something they can be. They don't have to be THE best- just achieve their personal best. Folks on the left compete with each other to be most oppressed. Even if they're highly successful personally, they search for an oppressed group to identify themselves with to assuage their guilt. Success even in little things brings joy if one is allowed to celebrate it. Being oppressed and guilty all the time is depressing.

  4. I thought you didn't link the Times?

  5. Liberals do not have a Sense Of humor either. I guess that goes hand in hand with being miserable.

    They even get pissed off when they hear FJB.

  6. Replies
    1. Yes, and gratitude. It's hard to be unhappy when we're busy thanking God for the boundless blessings He bestows upon every one of us.

    2. Girlfriend works at a local retailer.She's
      a manager. Mixed politics in the crew.
      Most unhappy are the libs. They are the ones
      that complain, show up late, etc. because they are miserable. Two women are Wiccan/Pagans. The conservatives are ready to
      work, optimistic and to a person believe in God. Including GF. So there is something to this.

    3. Liberals don’t want to start at the bottom and work their way up. Conservatives believe in hard work.

  7. The quote from Louis C.K. is one of the greatest things I have ever heard. Brilliant!

  8. Annoy a liberal. Work, succeed, be happy.

  9. Liberal. [ lib-er-uhl, lib-ruhl ]

    A misfit.

  10. Liberals live by lies. Conservatives live by truths. Liberals can live in their bubbles and echo chambers. Conservatives face reality and live life to the fullest. Of course we are happier.

  11. So called "Progressivism" is the political embodiment of the Seven Deadly Sins. Pursue every perversion. Covet your neighbor's possessions. Demand others support your sloth. Insist on the adulation of your all consuming self righteousness. And above all, embrace the Dark Side. Let the Hate flow through you. Let the Hate empower you.

  12. A conservative's view of life could easily be told with the old Cowboy song, "Cowpoke"
    I'm lonesome but happy
    Rich but I'm broke
    And the good Lord knows the reason
    I'm just a cowpoke

    From Cheyenne to Douglas
    All the ranges I know
    Cause I drift with the wind
    No one cares where I go

    Well I ain't got a dime
    In these ol' wore out jeans
    So I'll stop eating steak
    And go back to beans

    I'll pick up a ten spot
    In Prescott I know
    I'll ride in the broncs
    In the big rodeo

    Been down in the prairie
    My pony and I
    Hear the wail of the coyote
    Hear his cry

    Well next summer it's north
    If there ain't a big drought
    And as soon as it frosts
    Well I'll be headed back south

    I don't have no worries
    I ain't got the time
    I'm too busy living
    This free life of mine

    Some evening in springtime
    A filly I'll find
    And I might spend all summer
    With her on my mind

    But I'll never be branded
    And never be broke
    I'm a carefree, range riding
    Drifting Cowpoke.

  13. You hit the nail on the head. "Mental Illness" and I would add never ending hate.

  14. Jesu, as recorded in John's Gospel, summed up the Leftist view.

    "You are of your father the Devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of liars."
    John 8:44 (HCSB)

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  19. Conservatives are happier because the truth sets you free.

    When you're a liar and live with constant lies it eats away at you.

    But leftists are too stupid to discern that.

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