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Steven Pinker speaks with his old friend and schoolmate, the RLF’s Marcy Kahan, about his writing and editing process, why the Enlightenment matters more than ever, why the world is actually better than it used to be, and some approaches to achieving happiness.

Few people in Europe even know how to pronounce her name. But on the other side of the Atlantic Ayn Rand is more than a cult novelist, she is a cult figure — a totem for ultra-conservative free-marketeers. Anita Mason explores how Rand’s lurid popular novels helped establish a powerful economic and political movement.
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