Angry for life

Research suggests that the phrase “angry Left” is redundant:

… 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.

You don’t have to choose the life of a “redistributionist” and “anti-capitalist,” of course. You can choose to investigate freedom’s effects, working to help the tired and poor to breathe free, knowing that you would also be free to give to help those in need either directly or through programs that work. You can work with human nature, rather than against it.

I can well imagine that frustration, anger, and unhappiness would dog the life of someone determined to pretend that the world doesn’t work the way it does.

Jon Sanders / Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies

Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jo...