Jordan Carter posted a month or so back (a little controversially) on how much easier life might be for some on the left if they didn’t believe it was necessary to give due moral regard to others – selfishness certainly seems simpler.
New research suggests that Jordan may well be right. The study has concluded that individuals with conservative ideologies are happier than liberal-leaners. The apparent reason? Conservatives are better at rationalising social and economic inequalities.
“Our research suggests that inequality takes a greater psychological toll on liberals than on conservatives,” the researchers write in the June issue of the journal Psychological Science, “apparently because liberals lack ideological rationalizations that would help them frame inequality in a positive (or at least neutral) light.”
Here’s the article (apologies for the source).