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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Germany’s Student Right in the 1920s Was Just Like Today’s Student Left

Germany’s path toward Nazism during the 1920s is a story well known. The most familiar facets in this story are the indoctrination of children through the Volk Movement and the creeping anti-semitism of the bourgeois and the German bureaucracy....

2,200-Year-Old Poop Reveals Mystery of Where Hannibal’s Army Crossed Alps

Hannibal Barca was one of the greatest conquerors of the ancient world and the bane of Rome for two decades. Hannibal’s invasion of Italia through the Alps during the Second Punic War (218 –201 BC), in which he invaded with 30,000 men, 15...

Is Suicide Contagious?

In 1983, The New York Times ran a story titled “MICRONESIA'S MALE SUICIDE RATE DEFIES SOLUTION.” The story opened with this nut graph: In the islands of Micronesia, young men are killing themselves at one of the highest rates in the world,...

Should This Twerking Teacher Have Been Asked to Resign?

A 24-year-old teacher reportedly lost her job when a video of her ‘twerking’ in a bikini during a dance competition went viral on Facebook.  The Daily Mail has the story: The explicit display took place while she was on an Easter break...

1899 Insurance Co.: No Insurance for ‘Intemperate or Immoral’ People

If you’re looking for an illustration as to how much we’ve changed in the last 100 or so years, take a look at this list of instructions for medical examiners from the Manhattan Life Insurance Company of New York. The document, published in 1899...

The Founding Fathers on What to Do With Poor People

1. “I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.” -Benjamin Franklin, 1766 (On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor...

Dostoyevsky’s Powerful Denunciation of Socialism

Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov is arguably the greatest Russian novel ever written (which means a case can be made that it is the best novel ever written, period).  Kurt Vonnegut once wrote that Brothers is the one book “that...

14 Facts on Beer and U.S. Presidents

1) George Washington loved beer and had his own recipe.  His favorite style was a porter, but he (or his servants or slaves) also brewed his own "small beer," a simpler brew with less alcohol. Here is the recipe he used:...

A Psychological Explanation for Why Your Boss is a Moron

In 1999 David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, and a graduate student, Justin Kruger, published a paper. Its hypothesis became known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect, and it went something like this (to quote Dunning): “…...

Do Animals go to Heaven? C.S. Lewis’ Answer Might Surprise You

A few nights ago, my four-year-old daughter asked me if animals go to heaven. She is a rather philosophical little creature, but I’m guessing her question was motivated primarily by her recent viewing of All Dogs Go to Heaven at her cousins’ home...

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