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Steyn on public policy governed by the feelgood factor


My new favourite podcast is SteynPost, which I discovered last week. Therefore, I make no apology for drawing your attention to this podcast 19 of Mark Steyn.

Here, Steyn discusses the phenomenon of the ‘sentimentalisation of public policy which affects all free societies’.

Boy, oh boy I wish I had thought of this phrase. It really hits the nail on the head on how every policy these days seems to be driven not on whether ‘it works’ but on whether it makes us all feel good about ourselves and what emotions it generates in our hearts.

This podcast is from August 2017 but it remains ultra-relevant today. Steyn also highlights how the iconic Statue of Liberty has been subsumed by the ‘third rate’ poem on the plinth, in that liberty is not the same thing as open borders and an immigration free-for-all.

A great watch.

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