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

Racial Unrest is Tame Compared to a Century Ago

There is a powerful perception in the United States that race relations are deteriorating. A recent Gallup poll revealed that this view is shared by blacks and whites. Thirty-five percent now say they worry about race relations “a great...

Did Bad Hemorrhoids Cause Napoleon to Lose at Waterloo?

Practically before the last musket had fired, people were trying to explain how Napoleon lost at the famous Battle of Waterloo. A theory that has persisted is that Napoleon was suffering from a bad case of hemorrhoids at the time of the battle...

A Brain Teaser on the Power of Context

In his book The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell has a chapter called “The Power of Context.” The power of context shows how people’s decisions are highly influenced by the circumstances in which they are making a decision or presented...

Why Not Polygamy?

As same-sex marriage became widely accepted in the U.S. over the last decade, a surefire way to increase the decibel level of a conversation on the issue was to bring up polygamy. Liberal and conservative proponents of same-sex marriage alike...

Study: Half of Your ‘Friends’ are not Your Friends

Friends are important. The people we choose to let into our circle often shape our ideas and character. In a well-known passage from the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle outlined the three primary types of friendships humans often make. Most...

Dying Words From 7 Founding Fathers

1) “‘Tis Well.” – George Washington, Dec. 14, 1799​ Washington caught a chill while out riding during a December snow storm. He arrived late to dinner and, not wishing to keep his guests waiting, opted to not change out of his wet clothes. He...

Does it Make Sense That Prostitution is Still Illegal?

Over the weekend, I read about a prostitution sting in Lansing, Michigan, that resulted in 49 arrests. Many of the arrests likely went down like this one: A man walked into a spa on Lansing's south side on an early February morning last year...

Why Would You Deny Someone a Job Because of a High IQ?

I wanted to be a cop. But when I took the test, they found out my IQ was too high! It sounds like a bad joke. But this actually happened to a Connecticut man when he took the test a number of years, and it's possible it's happening at law...

Oscar Wilde: Wanting to Be Left Alone Is Not 'Selfishness'

Confession: Oscar Wilde is one of my favorite writers. Though he was what Dostoevsky would have described as “a dedicated sensualist,” Wilde possessed a true creative genius perhaps unmatched among his literary contemporaries.    His...

Can You Recognize America’s First Political Cartoon?

The "Join Us or Die" snake is believed to be the first cartoon to run in a newspaper in American history. The cartoon was published in Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754. Historians believe Franklin himself created the...

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