A new issue of the International Journal of Wellbeing is out. Anne C. Gielen (Maastricht) and Jan C. Van Ours (Tilburg): Unhappiness and Job Finding. Chris Barker and Brian Martin (Wollongong): Participation: The Happiness Connection. From Human Ecology Review, Victor Corral-Verdugo, Jose F. Mireles-Acosta, Cesar Tapia-Fonllem and Blanca Fraijo-Sing (Sonora): Happiness as Correlate of Sustainable Behavior: A Study of Proecological, Frugal, Equitable and Altruistic Actions that Promote Subjective Wellbeing. From New Left Review, William Davies on the political economy of unhappiness. A study finds most people with a mental disorder are happy. From Resurgence, the gift of happiness: Robert Holden, a pioneer of happiness research, explains why it still matters; those engaged in activism — including Transition Town projects — are more likely to flourish than those who are not; and a review of What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers. From Cracked, a look at 5 reasons money can buy happiness; and a look at 5 things that make you happier than they probably should.
A new issue of the American Academy of Actuaries’ Contingencies magazine is out. John Thieme (East Anglia): Reading Places: The Geography of Literature. From New York, is there life after modeling? Three top models ponder how to retire gracefully from a ruthless industry; and tyranny of yuks: Jason Zengerle on the social pressures of a comedy-obsessed generation. As a teenager Chris Crocker turned his angst into YouTube gold, most notably with a defence of Britney Spears at her lowest point — now his own rise and fall is the subject of a documentary sure to attract its share of views. Paul Berman reviews Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes Are Choking Freedom Worldwide by Paul Marshall and Nina Shea. Ethan Zuckerman proposes a new unit to measure attention: The Kardashian, an objective exemplar of attention disconnected from merit, talent or reason. You're all suspects now: You are all potential terrorists; it matters not that you live in Britain, the United States, Australia or the Middle East — citizenship is effectively abolished. You’re an Indian feminist? But you don’t live in a ditch!
Jordan M. Barry (USD): Political Free Riding. Armin Schafer (Max Planck): Republican Liberty and Compulsory Voting. Christopher S. Elmendorf (UC-Davis) and David Schleicher (George Mason): Informing Consent: Voter Ignorance, Political Parties, and Election Law. How much do voters know? “The first lesson you learn as a pollster is that people are stupid” (but stupid voters are people, too). Widespread ignorance bordering on idiocy is our new national goal; the ideal citizen of a politically corrupt state, such as the one we now have, is a gullible dolt unable to tell truth from bullshit. A review of Attention Deficit Democracy: The Paradox of Civic Engagement by Ben Berger. From TED, Michael Huemer on the irrationality of politics. Political animals: Chris Mooney’s The Republican Brain and Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind link psychology and neuroscience to ideological values. The introduction to The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It by Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson. From The New Yorker, Ezra Klein on George Edwards and the powerless presidential bully pulpit. Here are Congressman Jeff Flake’s opening remarks in the brief debate over his amendment to defund the NSF political science program.