Web Notables (March 11, 2015)

Hitler's favorite dictator, Catholics can favor the death penalty, road rage, narcissistic children, etc.

By The Editors Published on March 11, 2015

The 20th-Century Dictator Most Idolized by Hitler by William O’Connor on The Daily Beast. Hitler called his “shining star” the Turkish ruler Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, while the Nazis modeled themselves on his Turkish National Movement and the “Turkish methods” of national recovery after defeat in World War I.

Danse Macabre by Andrew Nagorski in The Weekly Standard. Rather than fleeing the Nazis, many prominent artists stayed. “There are no profiles in courage here. Most of the artists desperately sought to continue their careers at any price, which meant serving the Nazis and constantly seeking to prove their loyalty.”

The Mystery of the Oldest Hebrew Bible Continues, an interview with Matti Friedman on the website Mosaic. In travelling from Syria to Israel in 1947, the Aleppo Codex, the oldest known complete copy of the Hebrew Bible, lost half its pages.

Okay, What about Catholics and the Death Penalty? by Edward Peters on his weblog In Light of the Law. Responding to the statement of four major Catholic publications against the death penalty, based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the canon lawyer argues that in fact “(1) the Catechism restates in modern style what has always been the principled teaching of the Church (that the death penalty is morally licit under certain circumstances) and (2) the Catechism offers some prudential (and thus, by definition, debatable!) reasons not to use the death penalty (basically, modern states can afford to house murders till their natural death).”

Why We Rage on the Roads—and How to Stop by Rick Paulus on the Pacific Standard website. A lot of people, many of them normally peaceful, get enraged while driving “most directly due to a combination of two competing emotions: fear and overconfidence.” It’s foolish, and it’s dangerous. [Warning: one rude word.]

How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Narcissists by Francie Diep, also on Pacific Standard. “Parents who ‘over-value’ their kids — who say they agree with statements such as ‘My child is more special than other children’ — are more likely to have kids that score highly on narcissism tests,” yet “When kids said their parents were kind and loving,” they scored above average on tests for self-esteem but not for narcissism.

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