Thanks to Hürriyet Daily News columnist Emre Deliveli, I discovered a paper by one M. Keith Chen titled The Effect of Language on Economic Behavior: Evidence from Savings Rates, Health Behaviors, and Retirement Assets:
Languages differ dramatically in how much they require their speakers to mark the timing of events when speaking. In this paper I test the hypothesis that being required to speak differently about future events (what linguists call strongly grammaticalized future-time reference) leads speakers to treat the future as more distant, and to take fewer future-oriented actions. Consistent with this hypothesis I find that in every major region of the world, speakers of strong-FTR languages save less per year, hold less retirement wealth, smoke more, are more likely to be obese, and suffer from worse long-run health. This holds true even after extensive controls that compare only demographically similar individuals born and living in the same country. While not dispositive, the evidence does not seem to support the most obvious forms of common causation. Implications of these findings for theories of intertemporal choice are discussed.
Now, as I'm sure everyone will immediately realize, such findings (if they're correct; I couldn't really say) might provide confirmation of some kind of weak Whorf-Sapir hypothesis.
I suppose I should tie this to "right-of-center politics" in some way, because this is Ricochet. In truth, I don't know that there's any connection at all--I just found the paper interesting. But perhaps Ricochet can find one. Have at it!