Bert Van Landeghem and Anneleen Vandeplas (KU Leuven): Lower in Rank, But Happier: The Complex Relationship between Status and Happiness. Timon Elmer, Zsofia Boda, and Christoph Stadtfeld (ETH Zurich): The Co-evolution of Emotional Well-being with Weak and Strong Friendship Ties. Martin Schroder (Marburg): Income Inequality and Life Satisfaction: Unrelated Between Countries, Associated Within Countries Over Time. Dave Fagundes (Houston): Why Less Property Is More: Inclusion, Dispossession, and Subjective Well-Being. Rowan Jacobsen goes inside the Computational Story Lab, the lab that’s quantifying happiness. Using money to buy time linked to increased happiness.

Paul Bloomfield (UConn): Morality is Necessary for Happiness. Eden Lin (Ohio State): Pleasure, Pain, and Pluralism about Well-Being. Alex Gregory (Southampton): Hedonism. Esteban Ortiz-Ospina on on income inequality and happiness inequality: A tale of two trends. Why are the Danes so happy? Because their economy makes sense. Denmark has the best work-life balance — here’s why. Wikipedia’s great experiment: Finding a definition of “happiness” we can all agree on. Should we really make people happy? “Emotional diversity” is more important than happiness. Jenny Chen on everything we know about how Facebook affects your happiness.

You can download Happiness: Transforming the Development Landscape, published by the Centre for Bhutan Studies.


From Vox, Ari Glogower on 7 ways rich people can game the Republican tax plan, explained by a tax expert. The Republican tax bill will probably make rich people greedier — here’s why. Inside Wall Street’s towers, traders grouse over Trump tax plan. Charles Blow on the great American tax heist. Grab what you can: The Republican tax shakedown. Republicans didn’t reform the tax code — they never wanted to. The tax bill shows the G.O.P.’s contempt for democracy. The GOP tax bill is business as usual in America’s unequal democracy. In another country, we would call this “corruption”. Trump’s main contribution to passing the tax bill: Staying the hell away from it.

“The idea that Congress is at fault totally ignores the fact that 100 percent of Democrats voted against this big give-away to the wealthy. Any message that feeds the idea that it is Congress — rather than Republicans — who are responsible for passing the most unpopular legislation in decades is not only misleading, it feeds right into the framing that Republicans are trying to promote”. How the Trump tax cuts solved the Democrats’ campaign problem. Eric Levitz on 6 reasons for progressives to stop worrying and love the GOP tax scam.


Richard Schragger (Virginia): The Attack on American Cities. In the wake of the housing crisis, a new breed of real estate investor is destroying America’s cities. Richard Florida is sorry: Sam Wetherell reviews The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class-and What We Can Do About It by Richard Florida (and more and more and more). Are cities too small or too big? To get the most collective benefits out of urban life, we might need more people to live in fewer (but bigger) cities. Making cities more dense always sparks resistance: David Roberts interviews Brent Toderian on how to deal with NIMBY [Not In My Backyard]. Why big cities thrive, and smaller ones are being left behind.

Amelia Thorpe (UNSW): Hegel’s Hipsters: Claiming Ownership in the Contemporary City. How to stop gentrification: Individuals moving to newly-hip neighborhoods admit they are part of the problem — what can they do? We should ban cars from big cities — seriously. Driverless cars could see humankind sprawl ever further into the countryside. Why can’t we get cities right? Paul Krugman wonders. Desperately seeking cities: Amazon has bankrupted the ideology it claimed to appeal to, the ideology of “urbanism”. Amazon is running its own hunger games — and all the players will be losers.

How Detroit’s mayor became unbeatable: Mike Duggan pulled a symbol of American decline back from the brink — now, he wants to finish what he started. Will Columbus’ Smart City grant serve moms in need? Why so many Americans are saying goodbye to cities: What’s happening to New York City is a microcosm of what’s happening around the country — the hollowing out of the U.S. city. To Donald Trump, the American city will always be a dystopic, “eighties movies” New York.


Charlotte Wood: We’re told female anger is finding its moment — but I can’t trust it. What makes someone a ‘“predator”? Lately it feels as if it’s not just the most vicious men who earn that label — it’s also the casual, the careless, the not-that-bad. Saying you’re sorry isn’t enough anymore: Maybe the reason the recent wave of apology tours feels so exhausting is because giving forgiveness takes more effort than asking for it. Megan Garber on the weaponization of awkwardness. Kirsten Gillibrand, long a champion of women, finds the nation joining her. Quinta Jurecic on why Trump should face harassment allegations under oath.

Paranoia grips Capitol Hill as harassment scandal spreads. Congress fears release of bombshell sexual-misconduct expose that may not exist. Sinclair Broadcast Group sued for sexual harassment and retaliation. Inside the NYT, the Glenn Thrush scandal is a sex-reckoning test case. #MeToo has debunked the “Lean In” philosophy: Women shouldn’t have to change themselves to succeed at their jobs — not to mention, it doesn’t work. Women of color in low-wage jobs are being overlooked in the #MeToo moment. Will women in low-wage jobs get their #MeToo moment? Yes, it happens in Sweden, #too.


Alex Stein (Brooklyn): Law and the Epistemology of Disagreement. Henri Feron (Columbia): A New Ocean: The Legal Challenges of the Arctic Thaw. From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Jerusalem: U.S. recognition as Israel’s capital and planned embassy move. Jim Simons, the Numbers King: Algorithms made him a Wall Street billionaire — his new research center helps scientists mine data for the common good. Have you ever felt sorry for the I.R.S.? Now might be the time. In defense of adulterers: Zoe Heller reviews The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity by Esther Perel. The repression of academics in Turkey is worsening, writes Scott McLemee, who describes the growing international protest on behalf of such scholars and how one might join it.


Travis Holloway (Farmingdale): Neoliberalism and the Future of Democracy. Noelle McAfee (Emory): Neoliberalism and Other Political Imaginaries. Victor L Shammas (Oslo): Burying Mont Pelerin: Milton Friedman and Neoliberal Vanguardism. Chris Cutrone (SAIC): The Crisis of Neoliberalism and Marxism in the Age of Trump. Thomas J. Catlaw (Arizona State) and Billie Sandberg (Portland State): The Quantified Self and the Evolution of Neoliberal Self-­Government: An Exploratory Qualitative Study. Mitchell Dean (CBS): Foucault and the Neoliberalism Controversy. After neoliberalism, what next? There are economically-viable, socially-desirable alternatives to the failed neoliberal economic model. An excerpt from Neoliberal Horizons in Subjectivity by Jorge Aleman.

How neoliberals weaponise the concept of an ideal market: Simon Wren-Lewis reviews Can Neoliberalism Be Saved From Itself? by Colin Crouch. David Singh Grewal and Jedediah Purdy on law and neoliberalism. Farewell, neoliberalism: Johannes Lenhard and Rebecca Liu interview Wolfgang Streeck, author of How Will Capitalism End? The European centre-left keeps losing because neoliberalism is broken. After some delay, neoliberalism has arrived on the literary scene: Leigh Claire La Berge and Quinn Slobodian review Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution by Wendy Brown and Affect and American Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism by Rachel Greenwald Smith.


Trump and the GOP are rigging our tax system for the rich — this new report explains how. Tax cuts benefit the ultra rich, but not the merely rich. The GOP tax bill will make life easier for tax cheats — here’s how. Passing through to corruption: Are Republicans more concerned with their bank accounts than with the country’s welfare? We’re witnessing the wholesale looting of America: Unchecked by norms or political prudence, it’s smash-and-grab time for the GOP. “That’s the story of this bill. It doesn’t even add up in conservative policy terms. It’s really just a heist. Organized looting”. Democrats should tell voters what else they could get for $1.5 trillion.


Briahna Joy Gray reviews We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates (and more and more and more and more and more and more). Concepcion de Leon on Ta-Nehisi Coates and the making of a public intellectual (and more). Is atheism the reason for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ pessimism on race relations? Thomas Chatterton Williams on how Ta-Nehisi Coates gives whiteness power. Cornel West on how Ta-Nehisi Coates is the neoliberal face of the black freedom struggle. Cornel West seems to believe Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing from the sidelines, but sidelines don’t exist for black people. Something happened to Cornel West: Whenever a black academic starts getting love from the public, West shows up to knock them down.


Scott L. Cummings (UCLA): Movement Lawyering. Martin Puchner on how Don Quixote’s battles predicted piracy in the digital age. Trump’s national security plan can be summed up in four words: America against the world. The White House says climate change isn't a national security threat — the military says it is. The Senate’s Russia investigation is now looking into Jill Stein. Elizabeth Drew on the danger of reading too much into Alabama’s special election (and more). Doreen St. Felix on how the Alabama Senate election sanctified black women voters. 7 years before Russia hacked the election, someone did the same thing to climate scientists. Turning 50, New York magazine thrives on “insane completism”.

Right nurses Moore wounds by attacking Mueller, Star Wars. Trump is sabotaging the Russia investigation — with Fox News’ help. Emily Stewart on Fox News’s FBI coup conspiracy theory, explained. Nancy LeTourneau on the Trump administration’s use of “kompromat” to undermine Mueller. Firing Mueller is so crazy Trump actually might do it. Andrew Prokop on 4 reasons firing Robert Mueller could blow up in Trump’s face. Why Trump might fire Rod Rosenstein instead of Mueller.


A tax plan to turbocharge inequality, in 3 charts. The GOP tax bill may be the worst piece of legislation in modern history. Why are Republicans pushing such an unpopular tax bill? From Vox, the Republican tax bill is an American betrayal; and top Republicans are already talking about cutting Medicare and Social Security next. Brad DeLong on an appeal to the Republican-supporting plutocrats of America; and an appeal to the Republican-leaning entrepreneurial, enterprising, and lucky white Christian upper middle class of America. “It is time for polite, respectable, rational people to start saying what has become painfully obvious: It is time to stop respecting the rich, and start stealing from them. In earnest”.

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