The other day, I quibbled with John Derbyshire’s contention that liberals are optimists and with Joel Mathis’s objection that his liberalism is pessimistic. Today, CMatt Yglesias writes:
One of the bigger systematic differences between the left and right in America is that progressives have a realistic view of human behavior while conservatives at times seem unhealthily obsessed with moral hazard.
Sounds right: liberals aren’t optimists, but conservatives sure are pessimists! (I.e, conservatives think If you don’t punish everyone for taking needless risk, like not carrying earthquake insurance on your home in Virginia, you’ll be overrun by cheaters).