I’ve been meaning to reply to this Andrew Gelman post in which he points out that “the right” used to be against material progress while “the left” was for it, but
Nowadays, the debates usually go in the other directions, with people on the left being less positive about material progress and people on the right saying that things are great now and are getting better.
Andrew kindly points to my skeptical take on those who use happiness research to argue that consumer capitalism is making us miserable, and continues:
The connection here to “overcoming bias” is that the question, “Are things going well now?” is (a) politically loaded, and (b) is commonly treated as a factual question. I suspect that Shaw and Chesterton (as well as modern commentators) are showing bias in that they derive their perspective on the pluses on minuses of a...[Weiterlesen…]