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Published on Jul 13, 2008
In some ways, the Scottish historian Niall Ferguson is the Russell Crowe of the academic world: charismatic, unconventional, and definitely controversial. He's also a big fan of the British Empire — and wants the United States to follow in its footsteps. That means it's our job to form colonies in hot climates, for years on end. Are we up for this? While Niall would like that to be the case, he doesn't really think so, because, he says, we're an empire "in denial" ...