Amartya Sen’s forthcoming new book, An Idea of Justice, takes aim at Lord Layard’s emphasis on subjective reports of how happy we’re feeling as a guide to public policy. He says, in an interview with The Times: I do think that by concentrating on all Bentham and no Mill, he does make a mistake. Freedom Read more…

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This is a funny story sent by a friend, Silvie Musialova, about a recent visit to a palm-reader’s. Last summer I felt there was a string of bad luck following me around like a bad gas does after having eaten too many baked beans. One evening half a bottle of red wine inspired me to Read more…

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