The Open Democracy Happiness Debate continues, with an interview I did with Geoff Mulgan following the launch of Action for Happiness, of which he was one of the founders. I tried to press him on some of the philosophical and political weaknesses of the happiness agenda, as currently constituted, and he rebuffed the challenges fairly effectively. One of Mulgan's many great skills as a public intellectual, perhaps honed in the corridors of power, is to shift an argument onto positivist, evidence-oriented grounds when it suits him, while always remaining far smarter and theoretically aware than any outright positivist. Still, he remains a fascinating intellectual-entrepreneur-wonk or whatever the hell he is.
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