The West

Western Civilization, Western Tradition, History of the West

5 Reasons to Avoid Ad Hominem Arguments

5 Reasons to Avoid Ad Hominem Arguments

Despite the proliferation of the ad hominem, there are serious reasons it should be avoided. Here are five of them.

How the Summer Gave Me Hope for the Future

How the Summer Gave Me Hope for the Future

Perhaps the future isn’t as bleak as we’ve been led to believe.

How 'The Abolition of Man' Destroys the Idols of the Postmodern Age

How 'The Abolition of Man' Destroys the Idols of the Postmodern Age

In the modern world, C.S. Lewis argues in The Abolition of Man, we have trained the head and encouraged the heart, while neglecting the soul, the most important part of the person. As Lewis so scathingly puts it, we are producing men without chests.

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'.

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? 

My 25th Wedding Anniversary Is This Week. Here’s the Secret to a Happy Marriage.

My 25th Wedding Anniversary Is This Week. Here’s the Secret to a Happy Marriage.

To commemorate my 25th wedding anniversary this week to my husband, Jesse, I asked readers on Facebook to share their own secrets to a long happy marriage.

Leonard Bernstein’s Search for Faith

Leonard Bernstein’s Search for Faith

As conductor, as composer, and as mass-media music educator, Bernstein made Western art music more than accessible: He made it understandable. And at the root of this understanding was his idea of faith.

Genetically Modified Babies? The Future Is Now

Genetically Modified Babies? The Future Is Now

New research allows scientists "to rewrite the DNA bound up in living cells," and now an ethics panel suggests this may be "morally permissible."

Elon Musk and the Excessive Adoration of Technology Visionaries

Elon Musk and the Excessive Adoration of Technology Visionaries

Should we be looking to tech visionaries for life advice and personal guidance?

Why Deep Thinkers Are Often Societal Outcasts

Why Deep Thinkers Are Often Societal Outcasts

Civilizations have never truly appreciated the virtue of men like Socrates.

Are We Populating Ourselves Out of Existence?

Are We Populating Ourselves Out of Existence?

Happy World Population Day! Should we be worried about whether the earth can support us? 

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? 

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...

Is the Inability to ‘Adult’ Driving the Teen Summer Job Decline?

Is the Inability to ‘Adult’ Driving the Teen Summer Job Decline?

Teen summer employment has experienced a dramatic drop in the last 30 years.

Mexico Begins Its Own Trek to Hell

Mexico Begins Its Own Trek to Hell

There is no doubt that Mexico is going to experience a big transformation after December 2018.

How Early America Overcame Unrest and Cultural Diversity
Do America's Reading Habits Explain Today's Lack of Clear Thinking? (See Chart)

Do America's Reading Habits Explain Today's Lack of Clear Thinking? (See Chart)

Of the hours Americans devote to free time, one area in particular is rather shortchanged.

Miss Manners Rescues Civilization: A Forlorn Hope

Miss Manners Rescues Civilization: A Forlorn Hope

Americans have terrible manners online and in the media. But the strange thing is, many of us don't misbehave this way in our every day lives. What gives?

Coming to a Nation Near You, Starbucks Racial Bias Training

Coming to a Nation Near You, Starbucks Racial Bias Training

We must fight the evil of racism. However, could its current expression be the result of a society that is now too focused on the individual over community?

What Lincoln Foresaw Would Occur If Maxine Waters, Others Got Their Way With Mob Justice

What Lincoln Foresaw Would Occur If Maxine Waters, Others Got Their Way With Mob Justice

The constitutional system the Founding Fathers built is strong, but it can’t survive when citizens en masse are ready to come to blows with one another on a semipermanent basis.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Hits the PC Guillotine

Laura Ingalls Wilder Hits the PC Guillotine

If the PC craziness can topple Laura Ingalls Wilder, then it can topple just about anything.

Americans Are Increasingly Revealing Their Self-absorption in Their Clothing

Americans Are Increasingly Revealing Their Self-absorption in Their Clothing

We might go a long way in diminishing society’s troubling attitudes of flippancy and self-absorption if we stop to consider the ways in which we ourselves send the same messages.

Pew: 3 in 4 Americans Have Trouble Discerning Between Fact and Opinion

Pew: 3 in 4 Americans Have Trouble Discerning Between Fact and Opinion

A new Pew Research quiz shows that many Americans can't tell the difference between fact and opinion. Can you?

The Dream and the Nightmare of Globalization

The Dream and the Nightmare of Globalization

What would become the globalized project was predicated on lots of flawed, but unquestioned assumptions.

Mises' Observations on the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Mises' Observations on the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The Roman Empire crumbled to dust because it lacked the spirit of liberalism and free enterprise.

Thank God Trump Isn’t a Foreign Policy Expert

Thank God Trump Isn’t a Foreign Policy Expert

This is yet another sign of the dawning of a new era of American politics; this is the return of actual political life.

Suicide in America Is Surging. What’s Driving This Mentality of Despair?

Suicide in America Is Surging. What’s Driving This Mentality of Despair?

With the sudden passing of designer Kate Spade and TV personality Anthony Bourdain—both of whom authorities believe took their own life—it’s easy to wonder if an epidemic of suicide is upon us.

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