COMMENT: An Index Worth Laughing About

June 27, 2012 4:41 PM

Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Matthew Sinclair looks at the latest Happy Planet Index.

According to the New Economics Foundation, Iraq's small ecological footprint makes it happier than Britain.
In what league does Iraq beat Britain, Haiti beat the United States and Afghanistan beat Denmark? Political corruption? Violent crime? Temperature? No, welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the Happy Planet Index. It is a little window into the way many environmentalists think.

The Happy Planet Index purports to "measure what matters: the extent to which countries deliver long, happy, sustainable lives for the people that live in them." It beautifully illustrates the two great vices of environmentalist thought: Fetishizing resource efficiency above everything else and treating happiness economics with far too much respect.

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Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Matthew Sinclair looks at the latest Happy Planet Index.

According to the New Economics Foundation, Iraq's small ecological footprint makes it happier than Britain.
In what league does Iraq beat Britain, Haiti beat the United States and Afghanistan beat Denmark? Political corruption? Violent crime? Temperature? No, welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the Happy Planet Index. It is a little window into the way many environmentalists think.

The Happy Planet Index purports to "measure what matters: the extent to which countries deliver long, happy, sustainable lives for the people that live in them." It beautifully illustrates the two great vices of environmentalist thought: Fetishizing resource efficiency above everything else and treating happiness economics with far too much respect.

 Click here to continue reading the full article 

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