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

Edward Snowden Welcomes Trump Press Secretary with Blistering Tweet

If you thought Edward Snowden was going to play nice with the Trump White House in hopes of receiving a pardon, you were sorely mistaken. In case you missed it, the new White House is finding itself on the losing end of a petty squabble with the...

On Ben Franklin's Letter to an Atheist

Benjamin Franklin's feelings on God and religion were complicated. While it's true that Franklin believed in God and saw great benefit in religion, he himself (as I've written before) had an aversion to church services (or at least services led by...

Why Americans Need to Give Trump a Shot

Donald J. Trump was sworn in as America’s 45th president on Friday. Tens of millions of people watched the ceremony, which took place on the National Mall amid a sprinkling rain. Many no doubt watched the event with excitement, others with fear....

8 Characteristics of a Rational Soul

Marcus Aurelius (121-180 A.D.), the last of Rome’s Five Great Emperors, was in many ways the paradigm of Plato’s philosopher king. His Meditations (essentially a diary written for himself) reveal a man striving for peace through wisdom,...

Politician: Wives Should Withhold Sex Until Husbands Vote

We see it every election season. Those ads featuring an outwardly diverse group of celebrities imploring Americans to get off their lazy butts and vote. (The 2016 season was unique in that one commercial, shown below, poked fun at the cliché.) A...

Zoe Saldana Says Trump Won Because Liberals ‘Became Bullies’

Via the Washington Times: One of Hollywood’s most popular stars now says industry “bullies” helped elect Donald Trump. Zoe Saldana is known to millions of fans as Gamora in Marvel Studios‘ “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies, but she made it...

That Teacher Who Got Impregnated by a 13-Year-Old Was Sentenced

Via the Washington Post: A former Texas middle-school teacher who was impregnated by a 13-year-old student has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Alexandria Vera, 25, was facing up to 30 years behind bars after pleading guilty to...

Is it Rational to Fear Corporations More than Governments?

I recently had a delightful discussion with a friend who is a physician—we’ll call her Kortney—about the Affordable Care Act. I’ve long been skeptical of the idea that the federal government could create an efficient and affordable consumer...

MLK's Nobel Peace Prize Speech

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s relentless commitment to peace resulted in an extraordinary honor. On Oct. 14, 1964 the Georgia-born minister became the youngest person to ever win the award, which he received for his nonviolent resistance to racial...

Chicago Native Explains Why He’s ‘Leaving and Never Coming Back’

Brandon Vezmar grew up in Chicago. As a teen from Hammond, he’d escape to the city “every chance I could get,” he said. He later attended college there. But the last eight months have spoiled the city for Vezmar, he writes in an op-ed in the...

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