The FINANCIAL -- Last week, we argued that political decision makers have a tendency to overregulate a society, as new laws, even useless or harmful ones, create the impression that politicians are addressing problems in a society.

The FINANCIAL -- Regulations apparently address problems of a society in a quick and uncomplicated way, and the call for regulations therefore is one of the most effective weapons in the arsenal of populists.

The FINANCIAL -- As has been shown in several editions of this column, Georgians are generally unhappier with their lives than their regional neighbors, but are more hopeful for the future.

 frankclobukar1.jpgThe FINANCIAL -- The United States has given itself a very active role in the global community, which includes everything from development aid to invasion and drone killings.  

The FINANCIAL -- What makes a person satisfied with their life?  This question is obviously too big to be answered by any one study, or even the whole field of opinion research, for that matter. If we look closely, though, the most recent European Values Survey may give us some hints.

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