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I've been a big proponent of a happiness indicator, but I think the problem is one of domain.

Do we strive to maximize whatever measure we chose on a local, regional or national level, or should we, instead, try to maximize it on a global level?

Right now economic policies in the industrialized countries are designed to maximize things for their own inhabitants. There is no concern for others. If there is a concern then this is treated as an external problem: "how do we improve growth in Africa?", for example, instead of "how do we improve growth in Africa and the industrialized nations at the same time as part of an integrated plan"?

I don't see a more globalized view catching on, we don't have a world government, nor a world mechanism to enforce compliance with the policies.

We are left with the underlying truth of all political decisions: might makes right.

Politicians who attend meetings like this are either naive, duplicitous or hypocrites, (or perhaps they just like a few days away from the office).

Policies not Politics
---- Daily Landscape

by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Tue Nov 20th, 2007 at 03:33:05 PM EST

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