Iceland’s tourism boom, reconsidered:

Overtourism also comes with a kind of stigma signified by that word “mainstream.” A reputation for excessive crowds means the tastemaking travel elite actually start avoiding a place, like a too-popular restaurant. “The early-adopter travelers are already onto the next cool, cheap, relatively intact place,” Sheivachman says. Since the Skift article, the term has been widely applied to places like Barcelona, Venice, and Tulum to suggest that no one who’s in the know would want to go there anymore.

It is impossible to keep up with the truly hip hpsters, you know.

Every Tenet of the Conservative Movement's Philosophy Was a Sham:

As should be obvious by now, every tenet with which the conservative movement based itself, and every bit of its philosophical identity, was a sham and a hoax and a lie. And all of it is running completely out of gas at every level of government, and all the wires are showing.

The Universe Is Made of Tiny Bubbles Containing Mini-Universes, Scientists Say

"Don't burst my bubble" takes on a whole new meaning.

James Wolcott reviews ‘Sontag’ by Benjamin Moser:

Identity politics may have been the one form of politics Sontag didn’t want to play. All her career she had resisted being tagged as a Jewish writer, just as Pauline Kael didn’t want to be known as a Jewish critic; ditto a feminist author (an author, yes, a feminist, yes, but not the compound descriptive); ditto a lesbian. Despite her affairs with men, ‘bisexual’ wasn’t a badge she wanted either.

How WeWork's Adam Neumann Became a Billionaire:

This is how the WeWork story ends—for now. The high-flying office-sharing startup, which introduced itself to the world as “a community company” with a mission to “to elevate the world’s consciousness,” is paying its founder, Adam Neumann, more than $1 billion to go away. Meanwhile, the company is so cash-poor that it cannot afford to pay the severances of the 4,000 workers it intends to cut.

And that is how capitalism works, children.

The American Tipping System Makes No Sense:

In Europe, the birthplace of Western aristocracy, countries have moved away from a practice that once denoted class differences. Today, servers across that continent are paid living wages and don’t rely on crowdfunded generosity.

Even a wealth tax isn't enough: It's time for an income tax based on economic inequality:

A powerful measure that would indeed counteract the destructive market forces at the heart of the problem would be to impose an income tax on income inequality.(...) The key mechanism would be to link income taxes on the wealthy to the level of inequality in society.

Chile protests against President Pinera and deep inequality:

Here’s why that might matter to the rest of the world. Chile, dubbed the “free-market laboratory” during the dictatorship (the Chicago Boys were an immense influence), has frequently served as a kind of bellwether for how other countries will fare in their own accelerating hypercapitalist experiments. Pinochet even made water a privately traded commodity. That has not gone especially well. The current president’s brother, José Piñera, redesigned the pension system, effectively privatizing it. Thirty countries followed Chile’s pension system model (George W. Bush was a great admirer), and are watching with dread as it turns out to be yielding (as of 2016) a retirement of about $315 a month. The companies that manage those funds, however—the pension fund administrators, or AFPs—have been turning decent profits.

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