Jon Miltimore

Jon Miltimore

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Jon is the Senior Editor of Intellectual Takeout. He previously was the Senior Editor of The History Channel Magazine, Managing Editor at Scout.com, and a reporter for the Panama City News Herald. He served as a White House intern in the speech writing department of George W. Bush. He received degrees from the University of South Dakota (M.A.) and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (B.A.), where he studied history and literature.

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Recent blog posts by this author

A Historian Explains Why America Will Probably Fail

The English author Paul Johnson opens his book A History of the American People (1997) by calling the United States “the greatest of all human adventures.” While clearly a fan of America’s grand experiment, Johnson nonetheless expressed some...

A Case Study in Fake News: ‘Mom was called to school after her daughter hit another student. Her response was perfect’

The headline is catchy: ‘Mom was called to school after her daughter hit another student. Her response was perfect.’ The article last night appeared twice in my Facebook feed within a span of 30 minutes, so I decided to click. Here’s the gist of...

Christina Hoff Sommers Interview: On the ‘monster’ Harvey Weinstein, campus kangaroo courts, and reclaiming feminism

American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers will be speaking at Intellectual Takeout’s gala on Oct. 30. A graduate of NYU who received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Brandeis University, Sommers joined AEI as the W.H. Brady fellow...

Conservatives Shouldn’t Sacrifice Their Principles for Trump

In his play “The Knights,” the Athenian playwright Aristophanes creatively and humorously showed the insidious power of demagoguery. A satire written in the 5th-century B.C., the play depicted a Greek city-state that was succumbing to...

Progressives Are Still Begging Obama to Save Them

At Esquire, Charles P. Pierce has a simple message for Barack Obama: Save us! The article, which bears the headline “A Plea for a President,” is an odd medley of hope, grievance, anger, and despair. But Pierce is clear on one point: Barack...

Violent Crime is Up Even Though Poverty is Down. Why?

The FBI recently released its Uniform Crime Report for 2016. There is a lot to digest in the report, but here are three primary takeaways: 1) Violent crime since 2015 is up 4.1% (the second year in a row violent crime has increased); 2) homicides...

How Much Money Has Harvey Weinstein Given to Democrats?

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was fired by the Weinstein Company over the weekend amid a scandal that may go down as one of the worst in history. The New York Times reported that the Hollywood mogul from Queens, N.Y., had been accused of...

4 Ways to Make a Really Bad First Impression

There is a hilarious scene in the Oscar-winning film La La Land that shows the easiest way to make a terrible first impression. Emma Stone’s character Mia arrives at a pool party and is introduced to a man named Carlo. The conversation begins...

Sexual Harassment and Absolution of Sin in 21st-Century America

The New York Times published a damning report that contained decades of sexual harassment claims against Harvey Weinstein, one of the most powerful and celebrated film producers in Hollywood. The details in the report are, frankly, nauseating and...

Barzun in 1999: The Internet Will Lead to Isolation and Chaos

Jacques Barzun (1907-2012) was one of the preeminent historians of his day. His magnum opus, From Dawn to Decadence, traces the history of Western culture from 1500 to 2000. The book is required reading for anyone serious about understanding Western...

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