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Weekend Reads 4/8/17

Clinical psychologist explains how Ayn Rand helped turn the US into a selfish and greedy nation

Charles Manson, who himself did not kill anyone, is the personification of evil for many of us because of his psychological success at exploiting the vulnerabilities of young people and seducing them to murder. What should we call Ayn Rand’s psychological ability to exploit the vulnerabilities of millions of young people so as to influence them not to care about anyone besides themselves?

Lamar Smith claims climate scientists not following scientific method

"Their ultimate goal," he said, "is to promote a personal agenda, even if the evidence doesn't support it." He once again reiterated his accusations against the scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who had updated the agency's temperature records, saying that "this was done to arrive at politically correct results."

Are open borders the most ethical approach to immigration?

So, who should enter? Miller distinguishes sharply between economic migrants—those pursuing work and a better life—and asylum-seeking refugees with a “well-founded fear” of persecution or death in their home country on the basis of “race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.” This is the definition of the 1951 Geneva Convention, which is also the standard under U.S. law. Miller argues for a broader definition: those whose lives or fundamental human rights are in jeopardy and cannot be protected except by moving across a border, whether because of state persecution, state incapacity to protect, or prolonged natural disasters.

70 days in, Donald Trump’s presidency is flailing

If I had told you that America would soon elect an unpopular, undisciplined, inexperienced, scandal-plagued reality television star to the presidency, and that he would staff his White House with warring advisers who had never worked in government, you likely would have predicted a presidency that looks very much like the one we have now.

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