Jon Miltimore

Jon Miltimore

Director of Digital Media

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Jon is the Director of Digital Media of Intellectual Takeout. He is responsible for daily editorial content, web strategy, and social media operations.   Jon previously was the Senior Editor of The History Channel Magazine, Managing Editor at Scout.com, and general assignment reporter for the Panama City News Herald. He also served as a White House intern in the speech writing department of George. W Bush.    Jon 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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Ex-CIA Officer: US needs to hear ISIS' policy concerns

The video featuring former CIA officer Amaryllis Fox is going bonkers on Facebook. We’re talking 61 million views, 1.2 million shares, and 21,000 comments in three days. So of course I had to watch and see what the ex undercover officer had to...

Alien Contact ‘Likely’ in 1,500 Years, Astronomer Says

A Cornell student will present an analysis in San Diego on Friday that contact with intelligent life in our galaxy becomes likely in about 1,500 years. “We haven’t heard from aliens yet, as space is a big place – but that doesn’t mean no one is...

13 Virtues in the Ben Franklin Code of Morality

I recently wrote how Ben Franklin had a strong aversion to church services, despite the fact that he believed in God. This posed a practical problem to him. Franklin took morality seriously and he found himself wondering how he could possibly...

Did Truman Capote Write ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’?

Over cocktails a few weeks ago, I was discussing literature with friends. Conversation inevitably swung to which book had the strongest claim as “the Great American Novel.” Huck Finn immediately sprang to my mind, which I quickly changed. It’s...

Why Benjamin Franklin Hated Going to Church

Contrary to the claims of some notable thinkers, among them the late Christopher Hitchens, Benjamin Franklin was not an atheist.   He was raised as a Presbyterian and discussed his faith at length in The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin,...

John Locke on Religious Tolerance

John Locke (1632-1704) was one of the most influential thinkers of the Enlightenment. The English philosopher’s ideas are at the core of the American Founding; in fact, it can be argued that his thoughts shaped the minds of the American Revolution...

Gay Activist: ‘We're Sitting Ducks’ in Gun-Free Zones

While the majority of the calls in the aftermath of the slaughter in Orlando have been for more stringent gun control laws, a few people have argued that these laws are part of the problem. Tom G. Palmer, a gay man and the successful plaintiff in...

Emotional Reactions to Terrorism Lead to Dubious Policy

In the wake of terrorist attacks, it is common to feel anger, sorrow, and a very human impulse to do something. Since we can do little but mourn the victims, we often resort to saying what must be done. In our highly polarized society, this often...

Harvard Prof: Democracy Doesn’t Work Without Religion

John Adams once said that the U.S. Constitution “was made only for a moral and religious people.” He seems to have an ally in Harvard professor Clay Christensen, the scholar behind disruptive innovation theory.  Christensen, a Rhodes...

UNC Offers Course on Right-Wing ‘Hate’

Does hate speech only emanate from the right? That is the conclusion one could reasonably reach from one University of North Carolina professor’s course. Via Campus Reform: The University of North Carolina offers a communications course...

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