One of these political-economic arrangements strengthens people’s connection to the fundamentals of happiness, and of hygge — time, company, and security — while the other severs it. The abundance or scarcity of these fundamentals forms the material basis of collective social life.
It's fair to say that the amount of socialism in a society is like the difficulty level of a video game - without any, it's survival mode. With too much it's like Animal Crossing. American capitalists like to think of themselves as winners in hard mode without recognizing that (A) they're a bunch of pussies compared to the average Somali warlord (B) with rare exception their mommies and daddies loaded their accounts up with DLC before they ever touched the controller. So yeah - it's a lot easier to relax around the scented candles when you aren't trying to pay a million dollars in medical bills. Ten points for Gryffendor.
The book nods to hygge being an ineffable feeling. But it doesn’t even gesture at the social conditions required for producing that feeling.
When asked how he created hygge at home, the other one said "a unionized workforce, single-payer medical care, free tuition through college matriculation and state controlled means of production, comrade." So the editors said "aren't you, like, an interior designer, man?" and he said
Drain the bodies
Slice the flesh
Add horsey sauce