Fridrik Mar Baldursson (Reykjavik) and Richard Portes (LBS): Gambling for Resurrection in Iceland: The Rise and Fall of the Banks. Mahama Tawat (ECMI): The Birth of Sweden's Multicultural Policy: The Primacy of Olof Palme's Ideas. Gyorgy Simon Jr. (Corvinus): The Swedish Model in the Context of Modern Economic Growth. From Social Evolution Forum, Peter Turchin on getting to Norway, and on paradoxes of the Nordic model (and part 2). Nick Haekkerup on how the American Dream comes to life in Denmark. From, Steve Rushton on how Nordic Europe is guarding the commons; on how Iceland's ALDA movement seeks a roadmap toward systemic change; and on the wisdom of the Icelandic crowd-sourcers. One country saved its Jews — were they just better people? Michael Ignatieff on the surprising truth about Denmark in the Holocaust. Cockblocked by redistribution: Katie J.M. Baker on a pick-up artist in Denmark. Rosie Goldsmith on Iceland, where one in 10 people will publish a book (and more). It's official: Iceland is the best place in the world to be a woman. Is Scandinavia female friendly? Nima Sanandaji wonders. Steve Vickers on Vrango, an island with a rescue plan. Police in Iceland kill a man for the first time ever. A look at why violent crime is so rare in Iceland. Why does Sweden have so many billionaires? High taxes and a generous welfare state are no barrier to Nordic riches. Helen Vatsikopoulos on how TV shows like Borgen put Denmark on the map. Scandinavian style: Sophie Pinkham reviews My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard. John Emerson on sexual customs of the Icelanders. Sweden's refugee policy sets high standard, offering Syrian asylum seekers permanent residence and a chance to resettle. Ryan Jacobs on why so many Icelanders still believe in invisible elves. The newest portrait of the Danish royal family was unveiled to the public to a chorus of screams.

Ronald Mendoza de Jesus (Emory): Invention of the Death Penalty: Abolitionism at its Limits. Jacob Held (UCA): The Problem with the Problem of Pornography: Subordination, Sexualization, and Speech. Sex in the Senate: Todd S. Purdum on Bobby Baker's salacious secret history of Capitol Hill. James Delingpole writes in defence of cocaine: If you can handle your drink, why should your self-control desert you with other drugs? The introduction to Occultism in a Global Perspective by Henrik Bogdan and Gordan Djurdjevic. A lion of the Left wing celebrates six decades: Dissent magazine connects with younger readers (and more). The U.S. District Court decided that the NSA's collection of phone metadata is likely unconstitutional — what does that mean? Five ways Republicans screwed up in 2013, according to conservative Benjamin Brophy. The worst thing ever written: Adi Robertson on the terrible, wonderful weirdness of fake fanfiction. Noam Scheiber on the question at the heart of the Democratic schism: No one quite knows how to define "populism" — which is good news for vested interests who want to attack reform. The weird science of in-laws: Leon Neyfakh on what experts know about the family relationship with no rules. What happened to the study of American history? Emily Bloch interviews David McCullough. Left hook: David Weigel on how a few liberal activists got the mainstream media to cover a “war” they made up (and more).

The economic populists have it right: Paul Krugman on why inequality matters. John Sides on how the filibuster has helped create income inequality: Anti-majoritarian rules and gridlock complicate Obama's fight against economic inequality. There are really no arguments left that are actively on the side of high inequality aside from simpleminded libertarian fantasies that economic capitalism is neutral by definition, and therefore everyone automatically gets what they deserve. Matthew Yglesias on ten theses on growth, employment, and inequality, and on capital inequality — it's bigger and a bigger deal than labor inequality. Just two sentences make Americans as pro-welfare as Danes: A social science experiment suggests that attitudes about welfare depend on stereotypes but can be changed by even a small amount of information. Here’s how the safety net has — and hasn’t — reduced poverty in the U.S. Of course the safety net redistributes income — that’s why it works. Should we raise the minimum wage? Jordan Weissmann on 11 questions and answers. Is service work today worse than being a household servant? David Cay Johnston investigates. Kathleen Geier on what social science says about the impact of unemployment on well-being: it’s even worse than you thought. There is neither coast nor interior, nor border, nor breed, nor birth: Brad DeLong on Victor Davis Hanson, who sits in a plutocrat-funded coastal institution that for 54 years has been waging an intellectual war — with considerable success — to make America more unequal, with a smaller and less effective government.