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Shakespeare the Scapegoat: Sacrificing the Bard on an Altar of Ignorance

Shakespeare the Scapegoat: Sacrificing the Bard on an Altar of Ignorance

Ivy League students removed a hallway portrait of William Shakespeare (too white) and replaced it with a photo of black lesbian activist.

Countdown: Our Most Read Stories of 2016 (50-26)

Countdown: Our Most Read Stories of 2016 (50-26)

At Intellectual Takeout, we are thankful for the opportunities we had to discuss the ideas and issues of society with our audience in 2016.

13 Badass Facts About Teddy Roosevelt

13 Badass Facts About Teddy Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. president, was more than the man behind the Panama Canal and the inspiration for the teddy bear.

Café Posts Sign Banning ‘Nazi’ Trump Supporters
Queen Elizabeth’s Savvy Response to a Sultan Who Demanded Homage
Yes, We’re Getting Dumber. But Why?

Yes, We’re Getting Dumber. But Why?

A former teacher offers a reason which we rarely hear.

The Most Influential Scientist You Never Heard Of (Probably)

The Most Influential Scientist You Never Heard Of (Probably)

His belief in the unity of the cosmos had far-reaching implications for understanding humanity.

The Great Equalizer

The Great Equalizer

Guns give women greater power. 

The Powerful Messages of Christmas Carols

The Powerful Messages of Christmas Carols

The lessons are timeless.

Education in America Before the Education System

Education in America Before the Education System

Literacy and basic mathematical skills were nearly universal in America before the creation of our current system.

George Orwell's Review of Mein Kampf

George Orwell's Review of Mein Kampf

While working as a journalist during the Second World War, Orwell penned a review of Hitler’s Mein Kampf. 

The Christmas Story according to Luke

The Christmas Story according to Luke

'I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down...'

Failure to Launch: Young Americans Living with Parents Hits 75-Year High

Failure to Launch: Young Americans Living with Parents Hits 75-Year High

Nearly 40 percent of young Americans lived with their parents or other relatives in 2015, the highest percentage since 1940.

FDR On How to Find ‘Peace on Earth’ Amid War and Despair

FDR On How to Find ‘Peace on Earth’ Amid War and Despair

FDR and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow each offered hope from a surprising source in the midst of national despair.

The Reason Nazis Studied American Race Laws

The Reason Nazis Studied American Race Laws

In the early 20th century, the US, with its vigorous and creative legal culture, led the world in racist lawmaking. 

The Electoral College Is No Accident

The Electoral College Is No Accident

The appropriateness of the Electoral College should be seen in light of what our form of government is supposed to be - a democratic republic.

Could This Assassination Be the Beginning of World War 3?

Could This Assassination Be the Beginning of World War 3?

Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was assassinated in Ankara on Monday evening.

Grammar Nazis: A True Intellectual is More Gracious

Grammar Nazis: A True Intellectual is More Gracious

A true intellectual would never correct someone’s grammar on social media.

When Santa Claus was Replaced by Ded Moroz

When Santa Claus was Replaced by Ded Moroz

Once upon a time, in a far away land, Santa Claus gave way to Ded Moroz or “Old Man Frost.” 

Orwell on the Difference Between Patriotism and Nationalism

Orwell on the Difference Between Patriotism and Nationalism

The difference is relatively simple. But Orwell makes it clear that nationalism has nothing to do with nationhood. 

4 in 10 Completely Clueless on 1st Amendment

4 in 10 Completely Clueless on 1st Amendment

Leno: “What are the Bill of Rights?”

Man-on-the-Street: Uh… thou shalt not steal?

Washington Irving on the Problem with Christmas

Washington Irving on the Problem with Christmas

In 1820, he offered a critique on the problem of the modern Christmas. Does it sound familiar?

The Story Behind Charles Dickens' ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Story Behind Charles Dickens' ‘A Christmas Carol’

Originally he had intended to write a pamphlet called “An Appeal to the People of England, on Behalf of the Poor Man's Child.”

Did Beer Give Birth to Civilization?

Did Beer Give Birth to Civilization?

Compelling evidence suggests that the discovery of brewing led to farming in the prehistoric world. 

Teacher: Spoon-feeding Students Kills Creative Learning

Teacher: Spoon-feeding Students Kills Creative Learning

"No longer were the students expected to enter the kitchen; rather they chose from a menu and expected it to be served up ready-cooked."

Separatism: Did Everyone Miss a Global Trend of a Different Kind?

Separatism: Did Everyone Miss a Global Trend of a Different Kind?

Is it possible the building block of the modern world was crumbling beneath our feet when we thought a new global order was taking shape?

The Evolution of King Arthur

The Evolution of King Arthur

The name Arthur first appears in the work of the 9th century Welsh historian Nennius, who lists twelve battles Arthur fought against invading Saxons.

C.S. Lewis’ ‘Lost’ Parable on the Meaning of Christmas

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