Class Warfare Blog

December 12, 2013

Does Freedom Make You Happy or Does Happiness Make You Free?

The current position of conservative American politicians is that our freedoms are very, very important, apparently the most important of which are the freedoms to fail, to hunger or even starve, and to die from treatable disease. Freedom, they say, will make you happy.

The country of Denmark, takes a different approach. Denmark was just rated as the happiest country, according to a survey of 156 nations called the World Happiness Report. And according to Christian Bjornskov, an economics professor at Aarhus University, “The second factor is a strong belief in personal freedom — that you can always change things in your own life.” (The first had something to do with “trust;” gasp, they trust their government!?)

Denmark thinks that if many of the smallest things like basic food, shelter, and health care are provided for, then people are free to be whomever they want to be. Danes don’t have to grub for a basic existence.

Apparently Danes don’t have a view of their fellow citizens as “takers” who will put up a hammock and television set as soon as possible and vegetate their lives away. And apparently they are correct; they are industrious and hard working . . . and happy. Amazing that the Danes can do this and we cannot. They must be exceptional.

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3 Comments »

  1. Pesky facts. You know such things can’t penetrate the Conservative mindset.

    Comment by john zande — December 12, 2013 @ 8:50 am | Reply

  2. I would love to find out the effect of ethnic/cultural homogeneity on the acceptance of such trust and social programs. America’s diverse population source creates an internal us vs. them mentality that goes far beyond just race.

    Comment by mariahwindrider — December 26, 2013 @ 11:42 am | Reply


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