The Dim-Post

March 30, 2010

Go not too near a House of Rose

Filed under: economics — danylmc @ 6:43 am

Gallup have done a survey of world happiness, comparing the wellbeing of respondents in 155 countries. As usual the residents of the highly taxed socialist dystopian nightmare states of Northern Europe are the happiest people in the world. New Zealand is the happiest place in Asia-Pac, although only marginally happier than Australia.  All the countries the right keeps telling us we need to emulate: Iceland, Singapore, Ireland, Spain, Slovakia – are incredibly unhappy.


  1. I dunno. If we had access to Spanish cured meats at reasonable prices I think I’d be a but more content.

    Comment by Mausie — March 30, 2010 @ 6:45 am

  2. Ah, but if you liquidated the hoi pilloi from your survey, artifically pegged the start date to before the beginning of the AGW hoax and only interviewed Randian captains of inudustry I think you’ll find the happiest people are Texan oil billionaires, thus yet againing proving the power of neo-liberalism.

    Comment by Bereft, I Bore — March 30, 2010 @ 6:51 am

  3. Look at the dates, Nth Europe Spring and Summer 2008, rest of world 2009 during recession.


    Comment by oliveoil — March 30, 2010 @ 6:55 am

  4. Haven’t Ireland, Spain and Iceland fallen off the VRWC love-list?

    Comment by Owen — March 30, 2010 @ 7:58 am

  5. Spain, while paragons of right wing business best practise compared to the Greeks…hardly on a VRWC love-list as AFAK.

    Ireland, pumped up with EU subsidies became a housing casino.

    Iceland, was just a nation state hedge fund pumped up with cheap lending.

    Scandies, never under estimate just how fucking happy they are in the spring after their 6 months of darkness induced alcoholic suicide frenzy during the winter.

    Comment by oliveoil — March 30, 2010 @ 8:04 am

  6. Oliveoil, no matter how hard you try to bring the EU subsidies, unfair tax-exemptions for multi-nationals and rampant inflation to the attention of these people, they still insist that Ireland is a failed paragon of right-wing, laissez-faire orthodoxy.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — March 30, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

  7. From Gallup:
    The Cantril Self-Anchoring Scale, developed by pioneering social researcher Dr. Hadley Cantril, consists of the following:

    Please imagine a ladder with steps numbered from zero at the bottom to 10 at the top.
    The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you.
    On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time? (ladder-present)
    On which step do you think you will stand about five years from now? (ladder-future)

    End result: cross country comparison is bullshit.

    Single country or region-specific timeseries, on the other hand, could be incredibly valuable.

    Comment by Phil — March 30, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

  8. All the countries the right keeps telling us we need to emulate: Iceland, Singapore, Ireland, Spain, Slovakia – are incredibly unhappy.

    Ah, but the Right are very happy with those countries. In Singapore their critics are jailed. In Iceland, they managed to lose half the savings of the UK’s pension funds, and don’t have to pay it back despite Britain bailing them out again. I think the right are mining Slovakia for religious indulgences (carbon credits) or some fraud like that. All is right there. The ordinary Irish have been reduced back to their potato farms, but the Right have done very well thank you there, and now need another country to plunder. NZ seems to be a prime target.

    Comment by poneke — March 30, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

  9. The right, of course, are a marauding band of faceless beings similar to the illuminati who have nothing better to do than fuck around with New Zealand, an ailing country on the arse end of the OECD.

    Black helicopters are coming guys

    Comment by oliveoil — March 30, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

  10. “Ah, but the Right are very happy with those countries.”

    See, oliveoil: “lah lah lah, me no listening”.
    Yet it is “socialist” countries that continue with the same disastrous tax and over-spend, create jobs with taxpayer money, politician’s hand-in-hand with large corporates. Next Poneke will say that the UK is a right-wing dream because of the CCTV, ID cards and corporate welfare.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — March 30, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

  11. CF, next you’ll be saying Gordo and Big Ton’ rode the gravy train for all it was worth & didn’t get off when the music stopped – right wing bastards that they are…

    Comment by oliveoil — March 30, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

  12. Gordon “No more boom and Bust” Brown.

    A man who honestly believes gummint meddling, fiat money and exessive spending would bring some kind of utopia where the laws of classic economics no longer apply. Well, I hope he believes that: the alternative is that he believes he is a God.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — March 31, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

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