Social Justice is Excellence
in cooperation with
The New School
The Parsons School of Design
New York University
Awareness Building Advocacy
at Washington D.C.
Social Justice is Excellence
Library of Congress
University of Vienna
in cooperation with
Banca d’ Italia Workshop
Washington, D.C., Judiciary Square & The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
We are entering the age of corporate social justice and inclusive societies. Discrimination is unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things. Long-standing, ample evidence of discrimination and most important attempts exist to legally abolish, economically counter-weight and societally alleviate the negative impacts of discrimination around the world. Yet to this day, there is hardly any description of discrimination of excellence against social justice. In the wake of the rising social justice movement, social justice plays a crucial role in pushing for societal change. Social justice striving is the excellence of our times.
The first part of the project is dedicated to the study of excellence from interdisciplinary perspectives — for instance, studying how en vogue trends are first only accepted by only a few pioneers, who are then over time followed by the masses. Retrospectively, these new ground-breaking trends survive in history and are considered as excellent and brilliant innovation that ennobled society and advanced welfare.
The project draws from law, economics, sociology, psychology and cultural studies. Arts, fashion and lifestyle products are driven by luxury, another form of excellence only reachable by the elite. Artistic leadership in the luxury world appears somewhat resistant to discrimination of excellence. In a collaboration with the Parsons School of Design and New York University, the project argues that there is an implicit acceptance of excellence if coupled with artistic beauty, unique creativity in a transfer of ideas and deprecating endurance – all features that high-end luxury usually represents. Artistic excellence appears to be too beautiful and unique to fail and artists are often suffering anyhow, so why put them down?
In the wake of the rising social justice sentiment all over the world, social justice is defined as luxury in offering the hope of a better, more equal society. Social justice pioneers are the heroes of our times and their excellence should be celebrated as luxury moment that needs to be protected to trickle down in society.
Leadership against discrimination of excellence is proposed to learn from excellence represented by luxury in the cultural and artistic worlds. Luxury may hold unprecedentedly captured, cheap and easily-implementable remedies against discrimination of excellence. In case studies and a historical methods of research, the project unravels the main drivers of excellence and what is unique in luxury in order to outline these features in social movements. Unique luxury features are discussed to be proposed to lead academia but also economics in combating economically-suboptimal and societally-hurtful discrimination of excellence in social justice.
Puaschunder, J.M. (under review). Social Justice is excellence. Book proposal under review.
Puaschunder, J.M. (under review). Social Justice is excellence. Edited volume under review.
Puaschunder, J.M. (2021). Overambition as disability: Discrimination of excellence. Proceedings of the 2nd Unequal World Conference of the United Nations, United Nations New York, New York, United States.
Puaschunder, J.M. (2020). Review of the Making Marvels: Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York. Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption, 5, 3, 265-280.
Puaschunder, J.M. (2020). Overambition as disability: Discrimination of excellence. Proceedings of the 19th Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (RAIS) conference at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States, October 18-19. [Held online due to COVID-19]
Puaschunder, J.M. (2021). Overambition as disability: Discrimination of excellence. 2nd Unequal World Conference of the United Nations, United Nations New York, New York, United States, January 24-25.
Puaschunder, J.M. (2020). Overambition as disability: Discrimination of excellence. 19th Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (RAIS) conference at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States, October 18-19. [Held online due to COVID-19]
Puaschunder, J.M. (2020). When success fails you: On the Law and Economics of the Discrimination of Excellence, 46th Eastern Economic Association Conference, Boston Sheraton, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, February 29.
Puaschunder, J.M. (2019). Discrimination of Excellence. Advocacy at Banca d’Italia, Dipartimento Economia e Statistica, Servizio Struttura economica, Divisione Economia e diritto, Via Nazionale, Roma, Italy, November 8.
Puaschunder, J.M. (2019). Discrimination of Excellence: A research agenda. 14th International Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (RAIS) conference at the Erdman Center of Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, August 19-21.
Serdari, T. & Puaschunder, J.M. (work in progress). How to not stop progress: What we can learn from luxury.
Puaschunder, J.M. (2019). Discrimination of Excellence: A research agenda. Proceedings of the 14th International Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (RAIS) conference at the Erdman Center of Princeton University, pp. 54-58, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, August 19-21.
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Theoretically, the project introduces social justice as excellence. The societal value of outperformers will be outlined in Veblen’s trickling down of excellence, The American Dream ideals of striving for social equity as economic driver. The social psychology categorization of society into so-called ‘ingroups’ and ‘outgroups’ is spearheaded with integrating ‘übergroups’ as natural strivers for societal change who sometimes face discrimination. Macro-economic analyses are planned to outline the luxury excellence in social justice to estimate the short- and long-term losses of discrimination against social justice based on economic trickling down and too-big-to-fail arguments but also Keynes’ multiplier innovatively applied in endogenous growth theory adjusted for the need of social peace and societal harmony alongside including health and societal risks in the wake of discrimination. The Schumpeterian argument of the innovative pioneers’ role in social transformation as a springfeather of economic growth and improved welfare will be applied to capture our Zeitgeist of social justice. The luxury in diversity will be argued based on the financial market literature on diversification. Macro-economic cross-sectional and time series analyses in the laboratory of modern world history outline socio-economic costs of slowing outperformers in today’s social justice movement. Societal advancement will be captured in the attempt to connect historically marginalized groups with established societal leadership. Artificial intelligence is predicted to even higher importance of attention to human diversity, luxury in social justice to inspire and ennoble humankind with dignity, economic prosperity grounded in respect for hope of living in a more just society and societal advancement in diversity and inclusion.
The project is proudly hosted at
The New School
Financial and in-kind support of the Banca d’Italia in Rome and a European Parliament European Liberal Forum research division is gratefully acknowledged.