What is the political significance of happiness and is happiness itself a political issue? Or to put it another way is unhappiness a political issue? I'm wondering about this because reading a lot of economists and politicos at the time of the French and American revolutions it seems to have had some validity, the Americans even included in their designs "the pursuit of happiness", while its implicit in all the conservative and socialist attacks upon the alienation involved in industrialisation, capitalism and consumerism.