What I’m reading 4/23/2017

1. Finally, a breakthrough alternative to growth economics — the doughnut

2. A clinical psychologist explains how Ayn Rand seduced young minds and helped turn the US into a selfish nation

“While Rand often disparaged Soviet totalitarian collectivism, she had little to say about corporate totalitarian collectivism, as she conveniently neglected the reality that giant U.S. corporations, like the Soviet Union, do not exactly celebrate individualism, freedom, or courage. Rand was clever and hypocritical enough to know that you don’t get rich in the United States talking about compliance and conformity within corporate America. Rather, Rand gave lectures titled: “America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business.” So, young careerist corporatists could embrace Rand’s self-styled “radical capitalism” and feel radical — radical without risk.”


3. How to Get a B.A. in International Relations in 5 Minutes


4. Why We’d Be Better Off if Napoleon Never Lost at Waterloo