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    “For Two Economists, the Buffett Rule Is Just a Start”

    “For Two Economists, the Buffett Rule Is Just a Start”

    An article in the New York Times highlights the work of French economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Pikett, who have spent the last decade..

    January 20, 2012
    “Technocrats: Minds like Machines”

    “Technocrats: Minds like Machines”

    The Economist argues that although technocratic governments can seem appealing in times of crisis (especially the financial crisis that is..

    January 14, 2012
    “What Post-Qaddafi Libya Has to Learn From Afghanistan”

    “What Post-Qaddafi Libya Has to Learn From Afghanistan”

    Michael Semple, who has spent more than two decades in Afghanistan, argues in Foreign Affairs that although Libya and Afghanistan share..

    November 23, 2011
    “Occupy Wall Street: an American tradition since 1776″

    “Occupy Wall Street: an American tradition since 1776″

    In the Christian Science Monitor, Jonathan Zimmerman argues that the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street protests is embedded in the fabric of..

    November 23, 2011
    “Dictators Get the Deaths They Deserve”

    “Dictators Get the Deaths They Deserve”

    In the New York Times, Simon Sebag Montefiore argues that it is inevitable for dictators like Qaddafi to meet violent and widely-viewed..

    November 23, 2011
    Silver’s “Is Obama Toast?”

    Silver’s “Is Obama Toast?”

    In the New York Times, Nate Silver looks to past reelection battles and statistics to gauge Obama’s chances of winning the 2012..

    November 20, 2011
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    Ask History takes current issues from around the globe and places them in historical context. Arguments are made on how these issues should be approached and resolved using only historical outcomes of similar situations. The purpose of this is to eliminate baseless, emotional arguments and promote rational problem solving.