The history department of George Mason university thinks so, and they provide a valuable service to the public with a website that offers commentary on today’s news stories to place them into historical perspective. Written by historians, this is the only service of its kind. (If you know of another similar resource, please comment.) Click here to get a look at HNN, the History News Network. If we really want to sort out the question of whether progress exists or history is circular, here is a resource that can lend a hand.