Economic Politics

Russia and the West
The Economist's recent article detailing the ease with which Putin is spreading his anti-American propaganda puts a great amount of time distracting you from the fact that the article itself can be considered propaganda too. One of the mistakes that most countries make is having its propaganda disguised or under a different name. This indirect approach to information spreading is picked up on by people subconciously. This build up is what makes people feel like they are being lied to but can't understand why that is. Putin's approach to propaganda and the ease with which he will be to spread it and have acceptance of it is improving because he does not have to lie and he is slowly starting to realize this more and more. This is the strategy which great leaders, sometimes mislabeled as dictators, are able to show people what is best for them as a nation.

Happiness and Income
The Economist has stated that: "evidence has been clear: money buys happiness and the richer you are, the more likely you are to express satisfaction with your life". I don't want to tell you what to believe, and so if you want to believe this, it can be true in your head. There are some strange consequences that arise from having agreed on this statement as being true, and so it is up to you to decide what you want to believe. I would recommend trying to see the article and what it is trying to do as realistically as possible.
For all you know, The Economist could simply be making up statistics and labeling them as opinion polls then telling you that it is evidence that other people believe it to be true and therefore so should you. They will also try to throw you off with irrevelant statistics; "Women tend to be happier than men. Married people are happier than unmarried ones. Latin Americans are more satisfied than people in other emerging markets. Asians are the most optimistic; Middle Easterners the least. Income still matters. But it has been dethroned."
I think I would rather have blatant propaganda with a clear message rather than whatever they want to call this.

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