I'd like to introduce a new political theory/philosophy of politics which I'll label the feel good theory of politics. This theory is based entirely on neuroscience studies which has shown that partisans make political decisions not using the reasoning/frontal lobes part of the brain but using the emotional portions of the brain such as the amygdala. Policy is chosen by a society or democracy not based on effectiveness, usefulness, outcomes/results, but on how the policy feels. Under this theory we can make sense of policies such as the war on drugs, the war on terror, gun control, and many others. These policies are limited in their effectiveness because they aren't meant to be effective. These policies are set up to provide for the emotional needs of it's supporters and nothing more. Polices that both right and left cherish accomplish nothing positive and weren't designed to accomplish any goal. These policies were designed to accomplish nothing other than making the right people feel good. A prime example which we can use is that of a charity. The charity does not have to accomplish anything to receive donations. It exists simply to make people feel good about themselves. The result of feel good politics are feel good policies and feel good governments. Society does not have to improve or accomplish anything as long as the right people feel good. More prisons will be built so people can feel like we are being tough on crime. More people in the middle east will be killed so people feel like we aren't being soft on defense. More people in the USA will be locked up for possession of drugs and prostitution so that other people in the USA can feel good. We also will have laws against gay marriage so that people who aren't gay can feel good. The long term consequences of our policies do not matter, as long as they feel good in the short term. This has been proven by the war on drugs, the war on terror, the war on poverty and it's many many charities which people have been donating to for years with absolutely no results. Politics aren't about results, it's simply about making the leadership and powerful individuals feel good. A result oriented approach would use the scientific method to define policy based on the policies which would be proven to generate the greatest return for the investment. Micro finance generates a greater return than donating to charity. Libertarian drug policies generate a greater return for the economy as a whole as well keeping prison space and police resources available for violent criminals. There are a range of policies which would make both the elite on the left and right feel bad, but which would actually accomplish goals. Society is currently a construction of how people feel rather than a rationally constructed machine. My next topic will be on how to rationally construct a society based on doing what works and avoiding what is proven not to work. This involves applying the scientific method and seeing policies as medical treatments rather than simply legal or moral documents. The purpose of policy should be to protect and enhance society as well as increase the quality of life of it's members. My next thread will highlight how that can be done, if any of you have any ideas on this topic or on the next, share your thoughts in your replies.