Thursday, April 14, 2011

Why envy is bad. Or, why John Galt is happier than Wesley Mouch

Northwestern University professor James Lindgren recently published What Drives Views on Government Redistribution and Anti-Capitalism: Envy or a Desire for Social Dominance? Therein we learn the cost of envy:
"compared to anti-redistributionists, strong redistributionists have about two to three times higher odds of reporting that in the prior seven days they were angry, mad at someone, outraged, sad, lonely, and had trouble shaking the blues. Similarly, anti-redistributionists had about two to four times higher odds of reporting being happy or at ease. Not only do redistributionists report more anger, but they report that their anger lasts longer. When asked about the last time they were angry, strong redistributionists were more than twice as likely as strong opponents of leveling to admit that they responded to their anger by plotting revenge. Last, both redistributionists and anti-capitalists expressed lower overall happiness, less happy marriages, and lower satisfaction with their financial situations and with their jobs or housework."

And if you're asking "Who is John Galt?", be sure to see the new movie "Atlas Shrugged: (part 1)" opening (when else?) on Tax Day.

(Linked by Instapundit to Beltway Confidential which linked to Marginal Revolution.)

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