Opinions from historians

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Thomas Frank,

disagrees Surrogacy
When money is exchanged for pregnancy, some believe, surrogacy comes close to organ-selling, or even baby-selling.
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Joel Mokyr,

I don’t see an easy way of solving it [mass unemployment]. It’s an inevitable consequence of technological progress.
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Yuval Noah Harari, Israeli historian and a tenured professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

disagrees Basic Income
Paying people not to work will only increase inequality and rancor. [...] If universal basic income is aimed to improve the objective conditions of the average person in 2050, it has a fair chance of succeeding. But if it is aimed to make people subjectively more satisfied with their lot in order to prevent social discontent, it is likely to fail.
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Yuval Noah Harari, Israeli historian and a tenured professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

[M]ost people tend to overestimate human beings. In order to replace most humans, the AI won't have to do very spectacular things. Most of the things the political and economic system needs from human beings are actually quite simple. We earlier talked about driving a taxi or diagnosing a disease. This is something that AI will soon be able to do better than humans even without consciousness, even... See More
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Michael Copps, Democrat, former FCC commissioner

[Without net neutrality] our civic dialogue—the news and information upon which a successful self-governing society depends upon—would be further eroded. Telecom and media consolidation [will be] wreaked havoc with investigative journalism and [will have] turned political campaigns into a crass reality show and our “news” into bottom-feeding infotainment. I don’t believe democracy can survive on s... See More
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Bruce Bartlett,

agrees Carbon Tax
Trump infrastructure and tax plans should include flood control and a carbon tax.
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Barbara Ehrenreich, Author of Nickel and Dimed

agrees Basic Income
[Martin Ford's] solution is blindingly obvious: As both conservatives and liberals have proposed over the years, we need to institute a guaranteed annual minimum income
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Lord Robert Skidelsky, Economist

agrees Basic Income
An unconditional basic income would make part-time work a possibility for many who now have to work full-time at minimum wages; it would also start to give all workers the same choice as to how much to work, and under what conditions, as is now possessed by owners of substantial capital.
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Ralph Nader, Consumer advocate, author and former presidential candidate

agrees Basic Income
Basic income would get rid of chronic capitalism
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Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies at Oxford University

disagrees Brexit
Faced with rising superpowers like China... as well as old ones like Russia, clearly 500 million people have a lot more clout than just us… [leaving] would make Europe much weaker… Vladimir Putin would be laughing all the way to the rest of the Ukraine.
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Maj Gen Julian Thompson, Military historian and former Royal Marines officer

agrees Brexit
Today, membership of the EU weakens our national defence in very dangerous times.
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Chris Grayling, Leader of the House of Common, Member of Parliament for Epsom and Ewell

agrees Brexit
I do not believe that we can currently within the EU protect our national interest. Increasingly we are simply passing laws that have been introduced in Brussels which we often disagree with which are seldom in our national interest.
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Boris Johnson,

agrees Brexit
A vote to Remain will be taken in Brussels as a green light for more federalism, and for the erosion of democracy.
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Charles Bean, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics

disagrees Brexit
Brexit - actual or expected - may encourage some businesses to postpone (or even cancel) planned investment
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William Hague, Former UK Foreign Secretary, Leader of the House of Commons and MP for Richmond

disagrees Brexit
Britain voting to leave the European Union could spark the end of the United Kingdom. It would give Scottish nationalists impetus for a second independence referendum.
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David Starkey, British constitutional historian

agrees Brexit
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Alan Sked, British historian politician

agrees Brexit
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Andrew Roberts, English historian

agrees Brexit
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Richard J. Evans, British historian

agrees Brexit
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Tim Stanley, Historian, journalist

agrees Brexit
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Noel Malcolm, British historian and journalist

agrees Brexit
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Patrick Collinson, British historian

agrees Brexit
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Dominic Lieven, British political scientist

disagrees Brexit
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Richard Overy, British historian

disagrees Brexit
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Robert Lacey, British historian and biographer

disagrees Brexit
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Ali Ansari, Professor

disagrees Brexit
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Suzannah Lipscomb, English historian

disagrees Brexit
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Marc Morris, Historian

disagrees Brexit
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R. F. Foster, Irish historian

disagrees Brexit
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Colin Jones, British historian

disagrees Brexit
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D. R. Thorpe, British historian

disagrees Brexit
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Juliet Gardiner, British historian

disagrees Brexit
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Niall Ferguson, British historian

disagrees Brexit
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Ian Kershaw, British historian

disagrees Brexit
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Edward Hall, English politician

disagrees Brexit
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Anthony Seldon, British historian

disagrees Brexit
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David Eastwood, British historian and vice-chancellor

disagrees Brexit
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Simon Schama, British historian

disagrees Brexit
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Michael Burleigh, American historian and writer

disagrees Brexit
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Donald Tusk, Polish politician

disagrees Brexit
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Mark Rutte, Dutch politician

disagrees Brexit
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Alan Clark, British politician

disagrees Brexit
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Tariq Ali, Writer, journalist, and filmmaker

agrees Brexit
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Theda Skocpol, American sociologist

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Michael Eric Dyson, Author, professor

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Max Boot, American writer and historian

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Deborah Lipstadt, American historian

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Riane Eisler, Austrian sociologist

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Jerry Saltz, American art historian

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