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Tuesday, August 29, 2006



This is not constructive comment. For a view of why happiness is such a limited concept see my essay "The Poverty of Utilitarianism." I would say that the drivers of one man's happiness may not be compatible with another's happiness. We are not really talking about capitalism here: coercion exists at all levels of society, within families and within organisations large and small. When coercion oversteps rational boundaries it becomes destructive and a source of conflict which may become internalised and manifest itself as 'stress'. Counselling helps, but it will be just as destructive if it is based on a flawed understanding of human psychology. I believe economists are only starting to throw off their utilitarian strait-jackets and that at present they should be wary of stepping into this debate.

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