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Happy-Face Statism
First Things ^ | 2-8-2013 | Wesley J. Smith

Posted on 02/09/2013 7:13:39 AM PST by Sir Napsalot

For the last decade, some social scientists have been arguing that “happiness measurements” should replace or supplement established economic standards to judge a society’s “success.” Many environmentalists also support the idea as a way of putting lipstick on policies that could slow down economic growth. And now, the idea is deemed ready to leave the ivory tower for implementation as government policy.

One can understand the appeal for the ruling elite and their camp followers of consultants and lobbyists. If government assumes the power to promote happiness, officials would have to “consult with experts” to figure out criteria by which a society’s “gross happiness index” could be measured. (As we will see below, that process has already started.) Once these standards were determined, a new bureaucracy would have to be established—let’s call it HAA, the Happiness Advancement Administration—to promote happiness goals and enforce happiness regulations. One could even imagine a presidential debate, in which the challenger looks into the camera and earnestly asks, “Has your government made you happier today than you were four years ago?”

We have already started down Happiness Road. Bhutan recently established a National Happiness Commission, chaired by the prime minster, which must give all legislation a happiness seal of approval before it can become law. ......

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"We Are From The Government, Madame, How Can We Make You Happier Today?"
1 posted on 02/09/2013 7:13:41 AM PST by Sir Napsalot
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To: Sir Napsalot

I nominate my Dad to be on The National Happiness Committee. He knows how to make you happy.

“You’re unhappy? Well, I’ll go get a feather and you can stick it up your a** and we’ll both be tickled.”


2 posted on 02/09/2013 7:30:16 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Sir Napsalot
they are still skeerd of the MISERY index...
3 posted on 02/09/2013 8:07:04 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Sir Napsalot

And for those who do not live up to Obama Happiness Standard,

(1) it is a mental disease;

(2) a happy pill a day “For Your Own Good”.


4 posted on 02/09/2013 8:12:49 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot
Any bets on whether the weighting factors used to calculate happiness won't be created before analysis but rather the various measures of happiness will be taken and the weighting will be calculated afterwards to give the "right" answer? Much like how those who want socialism always seem to give the high scores to Euro-socialist countries, especially the Nordic ones and the weighting factors seem like

100x the amount of socialized medicine
+ 0.5 x the amount of after tax income
+ 50 x public transportation spending
+ 0.01 x the amount spent on private car ownership.

5 posted on 02/09/2013 8:33:29 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: KarlInOhio
It is simpler than that. These people don't really need weighted indexes, equations, or factors etc. They just need ‘polls’.

Standardized Happiness Index, is exactly as whatever THEY define it is.

And all that, just so we can have EQUALITY in happiness too.

6 posted on 02/09/2013 9:20:11 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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