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From what I've gathered from books (e.g. Joseph Baratz' A Village By the Jordan: The Story of Degania and Daniel Gavron's The Kibbutz: Awakening from Utopia) kibbutzim were of critical importance to Israel prior to and in the immediate period after of the state's foundation. They were both collective and agricultural enterprises, they also offered local ...


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Are there instances where collective farming has actually brought benefit to the population of an area Yes. The shift towards peasant collective farming, generally involving strip rotation of shares, from enslaved farming brought widespread improvements to the standard of living of medieval peasants in England. Collective farming of this nature was ...


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I believe that the author is referring to William Pitt the Younger, who was at various times Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime Minister during the end of the reign of George III and then during the Napoleonic Wars. He was a strong advocate of free trade policies as advocated by Adam Smith. There is a story where Pitt and other dignitaries refused to sit ...


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The US very often offers aid, in cases of disaster as mentioned by Oldcat, but also to countries that are having economic or security issues. As pointed out by Semaphore the answer to the question is: No, not all countries that exist/ed at the same time as the US have been offered aid to I also think it's important to understand what exactly is "aid" ...


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When i[sic] type in the "Howie huber[sic] love[sic] to receive his bonus in the bank" into Google, it doesn't show the notoriously[sic] Howie Huber. I can answer this part at least! This is probably because his last name is actually Hubler, with an "l", not "Huber".


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Jared Diamond, a cross-discipline scholar who's work more or less accurately reflects modern thinking in History, Sociology and human evolution and biology, makes a detailed review of their work here. He's pretty enthusiastic about it overall, but he does note some problems. Here's the summary: My overall assessment of the authors’ argument is that ...


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Can this question be resolved through historical sources and methods? I don't think I can answer the question without more research, that I'm not going to do unless paid to do so. But I would argue that we can answer the question, and that the methods are similar to those required by historical scholarship. We need to do two things. First, we need to ...


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Any such statement clearly seems to be ignoring several recessions. Most notably the Great Depression, during which anywhere from 15-20% of the US workforce was unemployed for an entire decade. During this time, people were quite literally starving to death for lack of work. I suspect you would have had a really tough time convincing much of anyone there was ...


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The real dichotomy is the balance between Democracy and Meritocracy. Sometimes an oligarchy is more meritocratic in a given context than a democracy, sometimes it isn't. So to answer your question (Under what circumstances would a tight oligarchy tend to outperform, and under what circumstances would a democracy?): Oligarchy: When entry into the ...



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