Do Socialists Oppose Happiness?! | Joseph (Jake) Klein

Do Socialists Oppose Happiness?! | Joseph (Jake) Klein


You’d think that, whatever differences we
may have, people of all political views could agree on one thing; that is, however we
end up getting there, our goal should be to have happy, flourishing citizens, right? Surprisingly, no. Anti-capitalist Sociologist Eva Illouz, who
has ties to the Frankfurt school of Marxism, and psychologist Edgar Cabanas are the authors
of “Manufacturing Happy Citizens”, a book that opposes “positive psychology”, a
subfield of psychology that seeks to understand happiness and what leads to it. Jacobin Magazine, America’s premiere socialist
publication, has worked to promote the book and its authors. Why do they oppose positive psychology? Quote, “The meritocratic and individualistic
values underlying happiness disguise the fundamental differences of class and endorse competition
in unequal systems rather than promoting the reduction of economic inequality.” In response to positive psychology’s claim
that more of a person’s happiness is related to the person’s own outlook, rather than
the person’s circumstances, Illouz and Cabanas argue, “Does not this resilient, positive
discourse promote conformism and justify implicit hierarchies and ideologies?” They add, “we must emphasize one more time
the crucial character of negative feelings. Popular protests and social change are made
of the accumulation of many angry and resentful citizens.” Illouz and Cabanas even cite research demonstrating
that inequality does not lead to unhappiness, and at least in developing nations, inequality
may increase happiness. That’s because when a society allows people
to achieve greater things and doesn’t keep them static regardless of their efforts, people
enjoy working towards the future. What do Illouz and Cabanas do with this research? They argue that positive psychology defends
neoliberalism by implying there should not be policy efforts to reduce income inequality
and that “happiness-based policies might often work as smoke screens hiding important
and structural political and economic deficiencies.” If you’ve built your identity on the idea
that society’s problems are the fault of “neoliberalism” and “individualism”,
taking personal responsibility can’t help, and only adopting a socialist-collectivist
order fix our problems, then showing people can improve their own lives without needing
socialist revolution is a threat to your identity. If the science shows people can create their
own happiness, then discard happiness to protect your failed premises. This is what happens when you get so committed
to a political ideology, that truly nothing could change your view. Criticizing the rise of mindfulness meditation
apps and other products that help people increase their happiness, often with substantial scientific
evidence demonstrating their efficacy, Illouz and Cabanas dismissively write of the “commodification
of happiness,” “Twenty-first-century capitalism has indeed given birth to a huge and powerful
economy of happiness… Happiness has itself become the fetish commodity
of a global and multibillion industry that emerged and continues to expand”. Only in the mind of a radical ideologue could
that be a negative. The fact that capitalism has incentivized
the production of so many tools to help people find happiness might be a cause for, I don’t
know, happiness. I’m Jake Klein If you liked this video,
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14 Comments on "Do Socialists Oppose Happiness?! | Joseph (Jake) Klein"


  1. If you’re still reporting income and paying taxes in this rigged and fake tax/debt slave system then you’re a real sucker. Stop participating. Stop consenting. It’s the LEAST you can do.

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  2. Wow you morons are really losing badly. no shock you use the rag jacobin as your source. you liberals deserve eachother.

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  3. Yeah. Once we dismantle taxation, I'll just go out and build roads for everyone to use for free. Seems legit.

    .. This coming from the "nothing is free" crowd

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  4. Only miserable people would seek to tarnish another's happiness. Unfortunately, there is a surplus of the miserable, and a shortage of those contented.
    – Auren Kleige

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  5. "Happiness shouldn't be a commodity that can only be bought and sold to those that can afford self-help books and meditation apps while kids are starving and people are dying because they can't afford healthcare. Anger at the system must be used to change the system and not ignored in service of keeping things the same"

    Dipshit liberals: "WhY dO yOu OpPoSe PeOpLe BeInG hApPY"

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  6. We should hope happiness can be commodified. Things which are commodified in market economies are widely distributed at low cost.

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  7. I can imagine you fucktards during the abolitionist movement defending efforts of white slaveowners to spread a gospel of docility and contentment while in servility and attacking those abolitionists who rightly attack such doctrines as covering up and defending the structural inequalities and injustices of slavery. I could see such tools and prostitutes, like you, of the ruling class utter the same phrases uttered by the prostitutes and lackeys of the ruling class the created this video, saying such nonsense like "why do you oppose the increasing the happiness of slaves?" or "happiness is just a matter of outlook and attitude!" or "happiness increases if those being oppressed and exploited believe that their suffering is deserved, just, and necessary within a meritocratic system. Slaves and masters deserve to be where they are and if the slaves were better, then they'd be masters as well!"

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  8. Would have been better if the gov had invested trillions, not in Iraq and Afghanistan, but at home stopping ideological subversion at Universities via post-modernism and critical theory– I think on the whole, those ideologies are more damaging and disruptive to the U.S. than anything originating or originated from over there– it's just more subtle and slow so no one really notices and if not careful, will one day be something you're not even allowed to point to as having caused, or contributed heavily to, the societal schisms unfolding in the country. Pathologizing happiness is evil.

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  9. this is not criticizing your video but most take positive has to not look on the bad side of anything would this not make more far left or right individuals more popular since they promise more benefits than the normal saying about work hard also if we mostly only see positive are we not doomed has a society we need to always have a counter balance to ensure freedom to all individuals and so we are not blinded by politicians to protect are freedom has a nation in my country or any country and would happiness not decrease with societies with such wealth such has us in America because of less gratitude

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  10. Notice everything liberals'enjoy' is actually an affectation. Nothing is genuine. Liberals don't even really love their children.

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  11. Have you noticed that people who promote collectivism never promote or practice success principles. Just sayin'.
    It reminds me of someone who told me, "No one plans to be a loser. You really don't need a set of instructions for it. It isn't like anyone is approaching a loser with pen and paper in hand and asking them, 'Hey, I want to be just like you. How did you do it?'"

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