"Charlton's Law": Things must always get worse before they can get better; because otherwise they already would be better."And the ruling political class is chock full of secular hedonists.
When a beneficial policy is a win-win option, then it gets done automatically, and we don't need to think about it - probably we don't even notice it.
But most beneficial policies have a down-side. Typically, long-term benefit can be attained only at the cost of short-term disadvantage or suffering of some kind, to some people.
So that the hedonic secular goal of making life *overall* as pleasant as possible in the *long-term* is continually being subverted by the *short-term* and *specific* gratification.
The hedonic ideal has reached such an extremity among the ruling elites that they pursue policies which will in the long term lead to lifestyles that they regard as miserable and abhorrent, because effectively to prevent these outcomes makes them feel bad now.
In other words, secular hedonism cannot take tough decisions.