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Revered College President Explains What Parents Miss in Preparing Their Children for College

Revered College President Explains What Parents Miss in Preparing Their Children for College

Some prime advice from the late University of Chicago president Robert Maynard Hutchins.

Why a Nation in Turmoil Must Choose Civility

Why a Nation in Turmoil Must Choose Civility

In 1961, I participated in what one newspaper in Richmond, Virginia, called “one of the most ambitious experiments in race-mixing the South had seen.”

Does the Arc of History Bend Towards Justice ... or Madness?

Does the Arc of History Bend Towards Justice ... or Madness?

In today’s society, conscientious people’s livelihoods are deliberately destroyed merely because they unknowingly give others offense.

Why It's Time to Treat the Hammer and Sickle Like the Swastika

Why It's Time to Treat the Hammer and Sickle Like the Swastika

The communist ideology in its purest form might be separated from its implementations, but at what point does it’s awful track record discredit any attempts to advocate it?

The Worst Emperor of Ancient Rome: Caligula

The Worst Emperor of Ancient Rome: Caligula

Of his own citizens, he famously declared, “I wish the Roman people had but a single neck” so he could hang them all at once.

A Brief History of Russia Meddling in Other People’s Elections

A Brief History of Russia Meddling in Other People’s Elections

Let’s look at patterns of Russian policy stretching back over three centuries.

How One Deleted Scene Turns Star Wars into a Struggle Against Socialism

How One Deleted Scene Turns Star Wars into a Struggle Against Socialism

A deleted Star Wars scene reveals that, at least in the 1970s, George Lucas understood that free markets make free people.

5 (Other) Times Russia Meddled in U.S. Elections

5 (Other) Times Russia Meddled in U.S. Elections

We shouldn't be so surprised that Russia hacked the 2016 election. They've been at this for a while.

How to Replicate J.R.R. Tolkien’s Education for Your Child

How to Replicate J.R.R. Tolkien’s Education for Your Child

Parents can glean a number of insights from Tolkien’s upbringing in the hopes of awakening some of the same hidden genius in their own offspring.

Free Student Seminar: America's Founding Principles

Free Student Seminar: America's Founding Principles

On Tuesday, August 7, The Charlemagne Institute (Intellectual Takeout's parent organization) is inviting ALL high school and college students to our seminar 'America's Founding Principles'.

3 Nobel Prize-Winning Contributions to Economic Science (From People Who Weren’t Economists)

3 Nobel Prize-Winning Contributions to Economic Science (From People Who Weren’t Economists)

Since it was introduced in 1968, the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences has been awarded to 79 individuals for their contributions to different branches of economics. Yet not all of them were economists by training.

How Ideological Polarization Harms Society

How Ideological Polarization Harms Society

Unless we are willing to open ourselves up to criticism and freely weigh, discuss, and consider the ideologies behind opposing viewpoints, will we not continue to relegate ourselves to a society where contention reigns supreme? 

George Orwell Knew We'd Buy the Screens That Are Used Against Us

George Orwell Knew We'd Buy the Screens That Are Used Against Us

When acting on our desires in the marketplace means signing over our data to corporate entities, the erosion of choice is revealed to be the consequence of choice – or at least, the consequence of celebrating choice.

Rome and the Decline and Fall … of Bureaucracy?

Rome and the Decline and Fall … of Bureaucracy?

Perhaps the warning to the Western World is more like this: Be careful, or your carefully constructed globalism will ebb away into a new provincialism.

Former CIA Boss John Brennan Tweets Fake Lincoln Quote, Won’t Take It Down

Former CIA Boss John Brennan Tweets Fake Lincoln Quote, Won’t Take It Down

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves,” John Brennan ominously wrote.

3 Ways Milton Friedman Improved the Field of Economics

3 Ways Milton Friedman Improved the Field of Economics

The contributions of Friedman as an economist are often overlooked by non-economists. Here are three that will help you understand a bit better his work.

 How We Discovered Three Poisonous Books in our University Library

How We Discovered Three Poisonous Books in our University Library

One wouldn’t expect a book to contain a poisonous substance. But it might.

The Real Questions You Should Ask Your Economics Professor

The Real Questions You Should Ask Your Economics Professor

The “conventional wisdom” may be conventional, but it’s often not wisdom.

Rights and Political Revolution: When is Violence Justified?

Rights and Political Revolution: When is Violence Justified?

Human rights can be a polarizing topic in modern political discourse. So where do rights come from, and how do modern views of rights differ from those of the Founders? 

Why It’s Okay That the Constitution Isn’t Perfect

Why It’s Okay That the Constitution Isn’t Perfect

No one would assert that the Constitution is perfect. Not even the founders themselves thought it was. But while not perfect, is the Constitution a problem?

The Supreme Court Has Destroyed the Principle of the "Consent of the Governed"

The Supreme Court Has Destroyed the Principle of the "Consent of the Governed"

Any power exercised by the federal government that is not among those delegated in the Constitution is power exercised without the consent of the governed.

Progressives Want to Recycle Some of History’s Worst Ideas

Progressives Want to Recycle Some of History’s Worst Ideas

What we now consider stupid and dangerous ideas of the past, progressives see as useful in the present.

Just 18% of Universities Require Students to Take an American History Course to Graduate

Just 18% of Universities Require Students to Take an American History Course to Graduate

As Americans celebrate the 4th of July holiday, it’s a good time to reflect on just how little college students know...

Les Miserables: What Permit Patty's Outburst Can Teach Us About Mercy

Les Miserables: What Permit Patty's Outburst Can Teach Us About Mercy

For the unlucky few who win the internet lottery, misdeeds become fodder for public judgement. Did the severity of the crime match the severity of the punishment? 

Calvin Coolidge Achieved Economic Excellence without Sacrificing Freedom

Calvin Coolidge Achieved Economic Excellence without Sacrificing Freedom

On July 4th, Americans celebrate our freedoms. Unfortunately, we all but ignore the only President born on Independence Day—Calvin Coolidge, who, though denigrated by historians, produced remarkable results without sacrificing them

The Minnesota First at the Battle of Gettysburg: Putting Lincoln's Words into Perspective

The Minnesota First at the Battle of Gettysburg: Putting Lincoln's Words into Perspective

“Every man realized in an instant what that order meant, death or wounds to us all; the sacrifice of the regiment to gain a few minutes time and save the position, and probably the battlefield, and every man saw and accepted the necessity for the sacrifice."

Portland: A Preview of Civil War?

Portland: A Preview of Civil War?

As we get closer to the mid-term election in November, we can expect the violence to escalate.

How Early America Overcame Unrest and Cultural Diversity

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