Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-249) and index.
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Conspiracy theories -- The second Bill of Rights -- If "misfearing" is the problem, is cost-benefit analysis the solution? -- The laws of happiness -- The rights of animals -- Marriage -- Climate change justice (with Eric A. Posner) -- Sex equality versus religious freedom? -- A new progressivism -- Minimalism -- Trimming.
A legal scholar who for decades has been at the forefront of applied behavioral economics, Cass Sunstein is one of the world's most innovative thinkers in the world of practical politics, a man who cuts through the fog of left vs. right arguments and offers logical, evidence-based, and often surprising solutions to today's most challenging questions. This is a collection of his most famous, insightful, relevant, and inflammatory columns. Within these pages you will learn: why rational people sometimes believe crazy conspiracy theories; what wealthy countries should and should not do about climate change; why governments should allow same-sex marriage, and what the "right to marry" is all about; why animals have rights (and what that means); why we "misfear," meaning get scared when we should be unconcerned and are unconcerned when we should get scared; what kinds of losses make us miserable, and what kinds of losses are absolutely fine; how to find the balance between religious freedom and gender equality; and much more.--From publisher description.