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It is one of the Constitutionâ€™s accidentally great procedural features for deterring the concentration of political power.
A "small" clarification by The New York Times reveals the immense flaws of its 1619 Project and its attempt to rewrite American history.
Toys quickly morph into tools, and the use of the tool quickly outruns any philosophical reflection about the morality of the tool.
How do we handle that fear? Do we dismiss it entirely and become flippant in our response to life’s challenges?
When everything looks good and optimism is up, that’s a sure sign everything is about to tank.
Colonialism is not merely European crime against people of color; every human is capable of inflicting mass amounts of suffering on any other human.
Nikole Hannah-Jones, the leader of the 1619 Project, needs to be more courageous in engaging with historians' criticisms of her work.
Do we really know what socialism is? Would we sign up for it if we did?
The objective of critical race theory? “Remake society so that the victim class eventually displaces the oppressors and becomes the new ruling class.”
Bernie Sanders' claims that the Cuban Revolution ushered in untold levels of literacy and high quality health care are pure falsehoods.
Newly digitized footage from the battle of Iwo Jima adds deeply human and personal elements to this famous World War II battle.
The eminent expert in communicating science botches his explanation.
In 1921 the Tulsa Race Riots saw hundreds of people killed in one night of violence as 40 blocks of the city burned to the ground.
Paganism has once again established itself as an official religion in Europe. What are the attractions behind these ancient religious movements?
The New York Times' 1619 Project continues to take criticism from all manner of serious historians, much to the chagrin of its creators.
It's become common to say the United States is currently at the height of political and cultural divisions, but such a view reveals a lack of historical knowledge.
There's a lot of pressure in academia for professors to embrace liberalism without even thinking. It can be hard to break out from that groupthink.
The 1619 Project claims that American history marginalizes African-Americans. Evidence suggests otherwise.
If healthcare is a human right, when did it become so? Healthcare surely couldn't have been a human right before it even existed, right?
Americans aren't associating like they used to, and have lost their sense of civic pride. Perhaps we can learn something from 19th century baseball players.
Most people aren't global citizens, and the elites will do whatever they have to make the ordinary folk conform to their vision.
How did we ever come to the assumption that society progresses as it moves along?
Soviet history is something every American should learn before it is too late to prevent its repetition here at home.
“Letter from a Birmingham Jail” rests on a basis that most modern people, especially the educated, reject.
Even as a young socialist Chesterton had his doubts about both socialism itself and the depth of its connection to early Christianity.
Bacon is more important than you might realize, and here's 15 facts to justify your mass consumption of the world's tastiest breakfast treat.
Pete Buttigieg and The New York Times seem intent on re-framing America's history to make progress seem inevitable, and to depict its founders as the worst people in history.
“Why Is America So Depressed?” was one of the first headlines I saw as I jumped back into work after the holidays.
Indulging in the Auld Lang Syne cliché is not unique to humans. The spirit world does the same...
Marx had a keen eye for nonsense, except when he himself was writing it.
President Trump's scathing letter to Speaker Pelosi might just find its place in history. Here are five of the letter's best quotes as we race towards impeachment.
Approval for impeachment seems to be trending downwards. Notes from America's past reveal the way to get past the circus taking place in D.C.
Many modern politicians are decrying a loss of democracy in America, but America's founders never intended for it to be a democracy.
Angry Corbyn supporters marched in protest against the victorious candidate chanting: “Boris Johnson: Not my Prime Minister.” It didn’t occur to Corbyn supporters that their...
House Democrats made a smart move when they decided to keep the articles of impeachment rather simple.
It's difficult to leave your country and start a new life, the repressive regime in Cuba made that choice much easier for thousands of people.
In the Soviet Union it was communism that killed days of rest.
When Chambers rejected the Communist philosophy of faith in man and embraced faith in God, he had what he viewed as his first Christmas.
The daughter of Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder, baby Rose, grew up to become an outspoken critic of Roosevelt’s New Deal, Social Security, and other government programs she felt disempowered individuals and gave greater authority to the...
Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and others may be pushing socialism today, but they're far from the first American politicians to do so.
While society condemns toxic masculinity, it is important that we remember the sacrifice of heroes such as those portrayed in "Saving Private Ryan."
The first President's humility, faith, and outlook stand in stark contrast to the politicians of our time.
Is Thanksgiving, as the American left would frame it, merely a holiday celebrating the oppression of the Native Americans by European settlers?
The first few years of the Plymouth colony saw starvation and other hardships, but one big change in how property was administered quickly fixed that.
Socialism is more than political. It's a secular religion.
The Malthusian doomsday prediction has been spectacularly wrong, and yet still popular, for more than 200 years. How many people have to die to satisfy today's alarmists?
Do you know the origins of George Orwell's 'Thought Police'? They are unfortunately real, and alive and well in the 21st century.
It is not racist or imperialist to suggest that Native people of Amazonia are sinners who need to be converted, have faith in Jesus Christ, and be baptized. The same is true for many Western urbanites.
The Stasi had a long history of crimes against the East German people, a history which is still being discovered today.
Is Bernie wrong about peaceful Swedish socialism?
Did you know about the effort to undermine the electoral college?
When will we return to celebrating Armistice Day and working towards a world without war? With the way both parties are acting, it might be a while.
The Republican Revolution of 1994 swept the GOP and Newt Gingrich into power. Twenty-five years later, lets take a look at what it accomplished.
People may know some of the history of Kristallnacht, but that history has passed over the violent invasion and destruction of Jewish homes. Why?
There is no question that the fall of the Berlin Wall was a good thing. Several other questions do remain around its history however.
What might the Berlin Wall teach us about PC culture?
The lessons of history and human nature should warn us against socialism. Millennials seem to be willfully ignorant of both.
Three decades ago, the Berlin Wall fell, beginning the end of the Communist GDR and bringing freedom to Eastern Europe.
The quote is surprising but revealing.
Seventy percent of millennials say they would likely vote for a socialist. Are cities to blame?
Joseph McCarthy has a longstanding negative reputation as a merciless hunter of Communists, is that reputation deserved?
'We Are All Equal' suggests a surprising theme.
Was Donald Trump's description of the impeachment inquiry as "a lynching" as horrible as his opponents are making it seem?
From Cambodia, to China, to the former USSR, centralized governments' attempts to enact forced equality have always had devestating consequences for their populaces.
Women have made a huge impact on economic thought over the history of the field. These three made an especially important mark.
The atheistic social experiments are not societies. If we pretend they are, our future is red.
Academic papers are becoming more and more ridiculous, but they have a long history of nonsense dating back decades.
Are we on the verge of seeing the popularity of Democratic Socialism morph into the brave new world of Communism 2.0?
The destruction of Columbus Day is about more than one Italian's reputation, it's a battle over the cultural framework of the United States.
Yale University Professor David Bromwich recalls why President Barack Obama was totally unsuited to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
Why should we complain about the speed of the Internet? Let's be more grateful that we have access to modern technology at all.
These little-known horror stories of Che Guevara should dissuade anyone from buying a shirt with his face on it.
Young socialists and communists took to twitter to rip apart a journalist, but just ended up exposing their lack of knowledge of history and economics.
Marriage is growing rare, even obsolete. It might be because of Romanticism.
It's deeper than the pursuit.
What happens when impeachment becomes a normal political weapon, rather than an extreme measure to restrain executive abuse?
The 1619 project distorts America's DNA.
The protests in Hong Kong are showing the cracks of the Sino-British Joint Declaration which was signed 35 years ago to transition the city back to Chinese rule.
The leadership of the Khmer Rogue was influenced heavily by Marxist socialism. What was the impact of those ideas on the world?
Why do we presume voting requires no testable competence?
Hong Kong: A reminder to Marxists that man is not only material.
Have the internet and social media created a climate where Americans believe anything is possible?
Should we respond to the pain of infertility by making some mothers into birthers? What are the consequences for defining mother or child?
The tragic events of September 11, 2001 brought Americans together like nothing has since.
Fears of overpopulation have been stoked by wildly inaccurate predictions for centuries. When are we going to learn better?
To utilize their own logic, the New York Times' 1619 project can trace its roots back to the father of Communism.
The Allies came together to fight World War II 80 years ago, and we're losing the stories those who served can tell.
Socialism has been tried again and again, with varying degrees of failure every time. Nobody ever seems to learn.
Have you ever thought that high school graduates today… well, just don’t seem to know or understand as much as they once did?
Plato's Republic sheds profound light on the real problem.
It only takes one day on the outskirts of Munich to realize exactly how misled some critics of the President truly are.
Is humility worth defending?
The history of the 19th Amendment isn't as well known as one would hope. The party that backed women's suffrage the most ardently might surprise some people.
There are a variety of lessons to be drawn from how the Allied governments conducted themselves during World War II. Some of those messages may be more in tune with our current political climate than we care to admit.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is about a moment when something big happened, and historical trajectory shifted. Except, in the film, the moment is stopped from happening.
The Soviet Union is gone, thrown into the dustbin of history, but a lesson remains from those Russian visitors.
In the wake of recent horrific shooting sprees, Donald Trump and other Republicans wishing to appear to “do something” have seized the purported “middle ground”: red flag laws.
This is the way of socialism. Is it time we as Americans start rejecting this way at every opportunity?
If you see some barbarian curling in the squat rack, take action. You may be surprised how drastically you alter someone’s worldview.
What to do when a Marxist mural depicting a dark side of American history is suddenly on the chopping block?
Communists killed millions of their citizens and severely persecuted Christians. I was thinking of all this because America, the magazine published by America’s Jesuits, recently featured an essay making “The Catholic Case for...
It wasn’t always this way.
Both Europeans and Americans would do well to consider two groups who would have enthusiastically supported state-imposed bans on undesired speech: Nazis and communists.
If you don’t have the life you want, Kor might counsel, don’t double-down on mistaken ideas about life. Don’t rehearse your blaming thoughts keeping painful wounds open.
Students are studying less. Grades are rising. And college graduation rates have increased a good deal in the last several decades.
Manufacturers are creating monopolies by preventing customers (or anyone else) from fixing their products. It's time to end that.
Aaron Sarin's "When the Lion Wakes" reveals harrowing truths about the Chinese Communist Party.
How do we find our way back to civility?
In the early- and mid-20th century, systemic racism often meant that African American communities were excluded from government welfare programs. In the face of this injustice, we see numerous examples of communities stepping up to take care...
As he took his first steps, he uttered words that would be written into history books for generations to come: “That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”
Megan Rapinoe could learn a few lessons from Lou Gehrig.
Americans think of Bastille Day as “France’s Fourth of July.” But do these holidays really celebrate the same thing? Hardly.
When recalling our national myths, we ought to emphasize, as C.S. Lewis suggested, “the tale as such, on the picture which fires the imagination, the example that strengthens the will,” and avoid “the perfectly serious indoctrination of the...
If you aren’t willing to put yourself at risk for beating up some guy taking your picture, then what sort of creature does that make you?
Statistics show there may exist more Good Samaritans than many believe, thus forcing us to rethink the Bystander Effect.
How much influence should an ancient text have on the way modern people lead their lives?
All too often we critique our ancestors without making any effort to get to know them. Unless we attempt to walk in their shoes, however, and see with their eyes, we have nothing but facts and dates by which to...
The “Five Civilized Tribes” of the southeast also participated in the institution of slavery.
Four reasons America's architects tolerated slavery in their country's infancy. Were they justified? You decide.
The right to the pursuit of happiness is coherent only in the full theological context of the Declaration of Independence.
America has a certain tendency to take its adoration to religious levels.
June 28, 1919. On this date, 100 years ago, Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles, her peace settlement for the First World War.
Youthful idealism plays a role, but family and work experience are just as important.
If you want to effectively relieve stress, set aside the yoga mat, get out a couple mitts and a baseball, and play catch instead.
More than just a magnificent singer, Nat "King" Cole left an indellible mark on America both on and off the stage.
If the United States is such a bastion of oppression and misery, then why are so many immigrants, legal and illegal, trying to come here?
Did women win some long-sought freedom from oppression in the male-dominated society of the ancien regime?
Tolstoy is best remembered for his voluminous masterpiece novels, Anna Karenina and War and Peace. Yet, in quantity, at least, Tolstoy’s philosophical works rivaled his fiction.
Nearly a quarter of American children grow up in a single mother home. Will yesterday’s fatherless boys have difficulty raising today’s children?
These brilliant tweets highlight something important that Joel Osteen gets wrong.
In the decades since the time of its publication, the context of Orwell’s magnum opus has been lost.
This week marks the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
When Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 – a bold invasion of Nazi-held territory that helped tip the balance of World War II – they were using a remarkable and entirely untested technology.
Perhaps it’s time we stop pretending that men have a monopoly on toxicity.
Thursday, June 6th, 2019, brings the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
We all want our children to have the quality of resilience, but are we making it difficult for them to obtain?
The moon mission is an important anniversary in 2019, but we should also recall Ralph Abernathy’s preceding protest. He was telling our government to look homeward and put Americans first.
One of the things an American visitor at these monuments notices is the inordinately large proportion of non-American visitors.
The difference here is between people who are dull and people who are shrieking, to drown out the voice of conscience.
Who is a United States citizen by birth?
Modern presidents routinely claim monarchical powers, using the military without proper authority.
Is this unprecedented? The first time America has dealt with collusion? Nope. History clearly shows we’ve been here before.
Central Banks need to be independent of politics to make the right decisions about monetary policy. But that's not always what happens.
It was about social responsibility, not material acquisition, and losing sight of it has cost us dearly.
The perpetual war on history now has the father of our country in its sights.
It’s not surprising that even at a time when fewer Americans may be turning to God, they are still looking for their one true soulmate.
The garbage disposal has made a contribution to an ancient problem, in a way that is a service to the human population in search of convenience and sanitary living conditions.
When it comes to writing, American kids just don’t cut it.
The manikin of socialism was identical for the Nazis and Soviets.
The Army brings back its 'pinks and greens' uniform, but it will take more than nostalgia to revive this era.
How often have you heard someone praised for having an open mind? Pretty often, I’d bet.
Blurring of the terms "democracy" and "republic" fosters ignorance of the crucial reasons why the founders of the U.S. structured the government as they did.
In having heroes “we make the best features of an historical person’s life” our own.
If James K. Polk can be credited with adding a huge swath of territory to the American empire, might Donald Trump one day be credited with preserving that long ago victory by reversing the gradual makeover of the southwestern United States?
During a CNN town hall on Monday, a student asked Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris whether they would allow felons in prison to vote.
An experience in the concentration camp caused one woman to abandon her indifference toward the suffering of Christ.
What a horrible way for the West to begin Holy Week.
Today is Tax Day, the day when individual income tax returns are due to the federal government.
Noah Webster offers some advice for women evaluating suitors.
A full-blown war is raging against the Electoral College.
I was the bat boy for the "Knoxville Smokies" for five years. I can’t think of a better way to grow up than spending those thousands of hours at the ballpark. I felt extremely lucky, and still do.
Those who smear an entire part of the population with the label “white privilege” paint with far too broad a brush.
It turns out that this paradox of isolation and connection is nothing new. Fyodor Dostoevsky observed a similar trend in his own day.
In the end, we can have individual justice or we can have social justice, but we can’t have both
Education freedom begins when government compulsion ends.
Our elites believe they can engineer complex systems and institutions from the top, and thereby control national and global conditions. But our tech-based systems have outgrown such deterministic control.
When an old person dies, a library burns to the ground.
Benito Mussolini coined the term "fascism" to describe his political movement 100 years ago. Here are five things you should know about fascism.
The survival of liberty depends on skepticism of government power—and make no mistake, that includes President Trump.
Tax season is a good time to remind us that the history of taxes tells the story of whole civilizations.
The current push to pass the ERA arguably has nothing to do with legal equality...
The monarchy the revolution deposed was mild and nonviolent in comparison with the revolution that followed it.
Mussolini's life offers deep, cautionary insights for contemporary politics.
As the issue of reparations for victims of slavery rages, we encounter a common problem: virtually no one is addressing the specifics of how such a reparations effort would be administered.
If we truly believe men and women to be equal, then does that include the capacity for mistakes?
G.K. Chesterton believed we have something to learn from the controversial and inflammatory Dominican friar Savonarola. Was he right?
Their coalitions are co-existing uneasily—which could mean...
While public opinion has softened toward socialism, the public’s perception of what socialism is has shifted.
If Darwinism was true, did it need to be touted as “still true?”
The future will judge us. If we are fortunate, our descendants will extend to us more understanding and mercy than we have recently shown our ancestors.
They Shall Not Grow Old is an extremely painful and powerful film to watch.
Looking back, it seems odd that the avatar of international communism and the exalted founder of the now pro-capitalist Republican Party were ideological bedfellows.
"The government is in us; we are the government, you and I."
Booker T. Washington indeed might have sought reconciliation between white and black, but his call was truly to his own race alone to educate themselves and to work hard to improve mind and character.
It appears that the genre of young-man-in-Mom’s-basement is no longer looked down upon but is in fact extolled as a viable career choice.
Why are so many people persuaded by bad arguments?
The Bolshevik coup d’état brought an end to the first democratic experiment in the history of Russia, thwarting the consolidation of liberal democracy in the Slavic country.
The self-proclaimed woke are fast asleep, but you don’t have to be.
The difference between the liberality of the liberal arts and the censorship imposed by political liberals is that advocates of the liberal arts invite the “heretics” to the great conversation whereas political liberals seek to silence them as...
Cosmopolitans seek to tear down walls, literally and figuratively.
Both parties suffer from nostalgia for a “very peculiar kind of postwar moment” and both sides are fed up with the status quo, but for very different reasons.
A clear vision of manhood from an American hero.
Is Mr. Stone guilty of his alleged crimes? We don’t know.
The motif of the era we are living through has emerged as one of rebellion against the establishment and the oligarchy that perpetuates it. The larger question is whether some politically amorphous dissident army can upend...
Is Tucker Carlson right to argue that the free market can be destructive to the family?
Although many, including President Teddy Roosevelt, saw eugenics as a social good, G. K. Chesterton was not among them.
Each building has a voice, and each city, town, or village is merely a collection of those voices.
With the post-war German economy in ruins, a little-known economist named Ludwig Erhard suggested a bold kick start: replace the old currency with the Deutsche Mark and lift all economic controls. It worked. The German economy boomed.
The worst example of how little things have changed is the movie I, Tonya.
"Border control is a federal responsibility," says... Dianne Feinstein?
For decades, Shaw was a staunch proponent of genocide, refusing to soften his views even after the full horror of the Nazi death camps was brought to light.
Television writer Andrew Davies has complained that "it is now 'compulsory' to have a leading lady capable of fending for herself."
Astronomer and chairman of the New York-based American Museum-Hayden Planetarium, Dr. Franklyn Branley, addresses the question.
Does the return of divided government in the current Congress mean not much will happen over the next two years?
Have we gone overboard on the entitlement-attitude toward chores?
Trump's success as a communicator may have something to do with the fact that he employs Aristotle's tips on effective rhetoric.
Merriam-Webster has picked the word 'justice' for 2018. But are we practicing the wrong definition of the word?
Chesterton did not like to be called a conservative. He classified himself as a reactionary.
Despite claims that Antifa fights fascism, the group's tactics actually mirror those of Benito Mussolini's regime.
On Christmas Day of 1914, at least 100,000 British and German troops stopped fighting, climbed out of their trenches and met each other in No-Man's-Land.
Over the centuries, hundreds of Christmas carols have been composed. Many fall quickly into obscurity. Not “Silent Night.”
The end result of moral nihilism, as the Soviets demonstrated, is death and destruction on an industrial scale.
Schools ought to teach history, not protest it.
Emory University history professor Michael Bellesiles published the book Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture. Only it wasn't as academic as it was first thought.
The science that for most of the 20th century portrayed itself as the enlightened alternative to organized religion has taken a decidedly spiritual turn.
G. K. Chesterton's life offers an example.
Ex-Presidents have generally retired from public life and refrained from criticizing their successors. Unfortunately, this traditional seems to be changing.
Are Americans who admire the world’s most brutal regimes miseducated or stupid?
Can a patriot be a nationalist and vice versa? If not, why not?
Many people this holiday season will experience the joy of attending a local performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Unfortunately, the wounds of the '60s have not healed with the graying of the 1968 generation.
Lincoln's Secretary of State was famous for hosting dinners which brought together politicians of radically different opinions who always left the dinner happy. Can we learn something from William Seward's hospitality?
Enlightenment thinkers like Voltaire were known for their attacks on Christianity . Nevertheless, they understood that ordinary people needed religion if they were to be virtuous citizens.
We all know the story. But in November 2018, we would do well to remember all of this not with mere nostalgia, but with moral intent.
History is clear: When the ordinary restraints of civil society no longer apply, there is no forecasting who will be caught in the resulting web of hatred.
World War I and its subsequent peace agreements brought consequences that even today haunt our lives.
Of all the disturbing developments in culture and ideas over the last several years few have been more disturbing than the reemergence of communism and socialism.
The sinking of the Lusitania provides a prime example.
G. K. Chesterton was anything but a futurist. But perhaps he did have a few predictive powers.
November 9th marks the eightieth anniversary of Kristallnacht.
For nearly a quarter-century, the midterm elections that used to center on bread-and-butter issues like schools, crime—“the economy, stupid”—have now been little more than proxy wars to impeach the sitting president.
Today's reformation has many similarities with the one which occurred 500 years ago, only today's is not happening in the churches.
In an age where individuals are increasingly falling for socialist nostrums, Thomas Merton provides timeless lessons about why people choose bankrupt ideologies such as communism.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago offers some poignant advice for dealing with the friction in today's society.
For as often as the phrase “history repeats itself” is used, it’s shocking how rare it is for mankind to actually learn from its mistakes.
Civil wars happen when there is a profound philosophical incompatibility inside a nation.
As we eulogize this beacon of American capitalism, we should also celebrate one of its lesser-known achievements: using markets to combat Jim Crow laws.
Before socialism can succeed, the existing culture must change.
The TV series "The Man in the High Castle" sketches a world in which the Axis powers won World War II.
Should we associate political disagreements with mental illness with such a dark history behind that practice?
The presumption of innocence until proven guilty is a bed rock principle of Western Civilization. Protecting individuals from angry mobs remains a basic task of our judicial system.
A young group of students wants to nix remembering victims of past wars because such activities glorify warfare.
A new survey finds that a third of young voters identify with some form of socialism.
Should something as serious as guilt or innocence be left to experts?
In America, we celebrate democracy and are justifiably proud that this nation was founded on the idea that the people should rule.
That’s why it is so important that Americans be informed about their government. They are partakers in...
The Soviet Union did not free the world of tyranny in World War II. It merely helped defeat one evil while ruthlessly attempting to supplant it with another one.
History has seen the rancor of the Kavanaugh hearings before.
The widely-accepted "history" of America's Gilded Age was grossly inaccurate, but it told a compelling story that many fell for hook, line, and sinker.
America wasn’t founded as a democracy to be run by voters acting on their feelings and opinions.
How do we correct a failing educational system?
Between the 1930s and 2008, the world economy experienced five significant economic crises. Although not all impacted the United States directly, they had severe repercussions in the countries affected.
The next generation of Texans may not care to “remember the Alamo” after a recent decision by the Texas State Board of Education.
The director and the star of “First Man,” a forthcoming film about Neil Armstrong and Apollo 11, are congratulating themselves for leaving out one of the most dramatic moments in spaceflight.
A British aristocrat has daughters but no sons, thus his title and estate must pass to a distant male relative. It’s the classic plot device in many famous stories – ranging from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to the TV show...
Why have good manners become an object of scorn?
The time is ripe, she said, for America to embrace the values that her uncle fought and prayed for.
"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us." - Winston Churchill
Venezualan dicator Nicolas Maduro appears to fulfill all the requirements of a tyrant who ought to be removed from office by assassination. But is killing a tyrant ever a good idea?
Whatever happened to the hat?
Would childhood anxiety and depression diminish if more parents followed through on giving chores?
The presence of Scots in Outlander is a sign of how far an historically repressed language has come in just a few decades.
Forty years ago, 60 percent of high school kids read books daily. Not anymore.
But is a shopping mall exactly what we have reduced the university to?
Some prime advice from the late University of Chicago president Robert Maynard Hutchins.
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.”
In today’s society, conscientious people’s livelihoods are deliberately destroyed merely because they unknowingly give others offense.
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.
Let’s look at patterns of Russian policy stretching back over three centuries.
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?
A deleted Star Wars scene reveals that, at least in the 1970s, George Lucas understood that free markets make free people.
We shouldn't be so surprised that Russia hacked the 2016 election. They've been at this for a while.
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.
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'.
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...
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?
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.
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.
“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.
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.
One wouldn’t expect a book to contain a poisonous substance. But it might.
The “conventional wisdom” may be conventional, but it’s often not wisdom.
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?
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.
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?
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
“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...
As we get closer to the mid-term election in November, we can expect the violence to escalate.
They pulled through. Will we?
While democracy historically was part of the great movement for human liberty, majorities potentially could be as dictatorial and dangerous as the most ruthless and oppressive kings and princes of the past.
Alcuin was an 8th century cleric. Never heard of him? You should have.
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.
The Founders were blissfully free from the modern mythology surrounding government.
Hospitality has changed from ancient times, but some basic elements still linger today.
If the PC craziness can topple Laura Ingalls Wilder, then it can topple just about anything.
The world is a different place now than in 2004.
In her book Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World,
The Roman Empire crumbled to dust because it lacked the spirit of liberalism and free enterprise.
Rather than being a Utopia, socialism and communism in practice create a hell on earth.
Being on the right side of history depends on what we mean by history itself.
No matter how conciliatory President Trump is, for peace to occur, Kim Jong-un is going to have to decide to retire from organized crime and allow North Korea to prosper by becoming a nation producing and trading legal goods and services.
In April 1945, three days before his death, Adolf Hitler expressed regret that he'd 'been so kind.'
On this day (June 12) President Ronald Reagan gave what is probably his most famous and influential speech — the “Berlin Wall speech” — at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, Germany on June 12, 1987.
How often do experts try to solve problems in ways that strike them as thoroughly sensible when in fact their solutions are so obviously senseless?
Is it time for our nation to have a serious conversation about what tolerance really means?
Socialism isn't new; it was even wrecking economies back in Ancient Rome.
Cicero is rarely read today, except by students of Classics and Latin. However, to understand the history of political thought, Cicero is an invaluable resource.
Reflections from one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century.
Efforts are underway to address the problem of politicized classrooms in our public schools.
What was the real impact of Nat Turner’s bloody uprising, which resulted in the death of some 200 people?
Sam Haselby says this “should be the end times” for American patriotism. Yet the opposite seems to be happening, and he can’t understand why.
Twenty-five hundred years ago Socrates asked a Sophist orator named Thrasymachus the meaning of justice. It's a question we're still struggling to answer.
Success is found by constantly asking, “How can I make this better?”
Was the 8th grade education of the past just as challenging academically, if not more so, than that which happens in today's college classrooms?
What are Gnosticism and Pelagianism, the ancient errors criticised by Pope Francis?
Those who fail to understand the principles upon which our government is founded risk losing their freedoms.
This Saturday is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, the most destructively influential writer on economics in world history.
Here are five facts you should know about this writer, orator, statesman, and abolitionist.
This year marks the 85th anniversary of the New Deal, the controversial set of programs, public works, and economic reforms that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt undertook to combat America’s Great Depression.
Can one do evil without being evil? This was the puzzling question that the philosopher Hannah Arendt grappled with when she reported for on the war crimes trial of Nazi Adolph Eichmann.
A new update of Kenneth Clark's famous "Civilisation" mini-series turns Clark upside down.
Our heritage of foreign intervention is a new one, an innovation introduced by the progressives. To imagine a clean and humane progressivism is, simply, a fool’s errand. There is no such thing as a non-racist and non-imperialist progressivism…
Is it time to return to the wisdom Barbara Bush presented at Wellesley so many years ago?
Have we abandoned a logical approach to education?
Since 2001 the United States has been in a perpetual state of undeclared war. We have ignored Madison’s warning for too long.
A renaissance man with a long and accomplished legacy, Jefferson played a major role in the founding of the United States of America—and establishing its strong protections for religious freedom for all.
In their effort to right wrongs, the Social Justice warriors often commit the very evil they are attempting to erase.
He had a lot of them.
Religious belief is often thought to evince a precarious kind of commitment, in which the degree of conviction is inversely proportional to correspondence with the facts.
In modern American culture, Christianity is admirable so long as it is reduced to a series of vague, humanistic platitudes.
A letter Abraham Lincoln allegedly wrote to his son's school teacher on the first day of class is quite charming. There's one big problem with it, however.
Its contributions to cultural literacy make a pretty strong case.
If it is in family that we are first provided security, love, community, and socialization, then it seems reasonable to ponder the link between the collapse of community and the collapse of the family.
According to the NAEP, less than 25% of both public and private school students are considered proficient in Civics by Grade 12. Only 12% are considered proficient in U.S. History!
Gun ownership is not our problem.
What changed between the days when kids were trusted to bring guns to school and store them in lockers to our times of “zero-tolerance”?
As schooling has expanded over the past several decades, consuming more of childhood than ever before, and becoming more standardized and restrictive, it should be no surprise that American creativity has...
In his autobiographical book A Confession, Leo Tolstoy described the nihilistic beliefs that haunted him.
As in the early Middle Ages, Western Civilization finds its future threatened once again.
Why would any law-abiding citizen need an AR-15?
Does our society need to revive the simple straightforwardness of cultivating rational creatures?
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been described as a Byzantine Emperor in style, positioning Russia as the “third Rome.” In western history books, on the other hand, the Bzyantine Empire is all but ignored, pointing as it does to the east.
Patrick’s own writings and early accounts of the saint’s career reveal many interesting details about the life of this patron saint of Ireland.
In her classic work The Origins of Totalitarianism, the philosopher Hannah Arendt described loneliness as 'the common ground for terror' and 'the essence of totalitarian government.'
College students are very supportive of free speech protection... but only if it fits within their idea of diversity and inclusion.
On May 18, 1927, a deranged and embittered farmer named Andrew Kehoe committed the worst school mass killing in American history.
There's a major ingredient Americans have cast aside which may be causing today's chaos.
Adam Smith's appreciation for the Stoic emperor's writings is evident in his own work.
Telling others to 'get on the right side of history' is not just a form of intellectual bullying. It also reveals a tyrannical dimension to those who'd invoke the future to destroy the past.
Ten years after his death, a look back on William F. Buckley, Jr. and his thoughts on collectivism, morality, freedom, and power.
Cicero was far ahead of his time on the topic of private property.
His attitude toward life is a good place to start.
Here are five facts you should know about the man who became the world’s most famous Protestant evangelist.
College professors are realizing that their students don't know how to do anything beyond hooking up.
Prominent writers are calling for repeal of the Second Amendment. This invites an important question: Why do we have it in the first place?
“A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within.”
John Maynard Keynes is often remembered as an advocate for permanent deficits. In fact, he opposed them.
Now no less than in his own day, the nation would do well to attend the wisdom of Frederick Douglass.
The history of the Saint Valentine (176-273 A.D.) is hazy and legends vary.
At the root of our modern holiday is a beautiful fiction. St. Valentine was no lover or patron of love.
Do parents know how to raise children to be well-adjusted members of society?
One of the most dramatic events in American history is shrouded in mystery and oddity.
Does the bended-knee proposal give a distorted view of marriage?
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's 1946 work 'Man’s Search for Meaning' is considered one of the most influential books of all time. It may also hold a key to happiness and success.
Coolidge was the rare sort of politician who stuck by his principles of fiscal responsibility and governmental restraint.
We certainly can’t force ourselves to be happy, but we don’t have to because that’s not what true optimism is about.
If the allegations are true, the country could be facing the worst scandal in all of its history.
No, Donald Trump didn't coin the term "fake news."
The Soviet historian Martin Malia observed that Marx's teachings advocated opposition against any person possessing the wrong “consciousness.”
Nearly two thousand years ago, a well-known philosopher laid out the characteristics that make up a rational person.
If Horace Mann set out education’s goals, it was John Dewey who provided the progressive methodology.
Is it ignorance of or contempt for our Constitution that fuels the movement to abolish the Electoral College?
A brief look at the history of propaganda.
Today's schools appear to neglect teaching the very things which made Jefferson's writing great.
Wise was he. (So spend five minutes on his couch.)
Today, the FBI and other American intelligence agencies are attempting to legalize what was once considered illegal, or at least of questionable legality.
Instead of teaching woke literature that’s social justice compatible, the college is teaching Plato.
The exploits of these two boys will horrify today's helicopter parents.
In modern accounts of the decline of the West, it’s become common to blame one man in particular for starting that decline.
Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen checked with the government before building an elaborate treehouse on their private property. Then the government changed its mind.
The exam consisted of 146 questions and required a score of 90 percent to pass.
The future in a representative capitalist democracy has never shown any inclination to permanency, but the volume and velocity of change approaching our species in the current age may be unprecedented.
Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury paints an ugly portrait of President Trump—and shows the Founders were right when it came to power and the presidency.
In Greece today, Archbishop Damaskinos is universally remembered as a hero for all humanity.
The Apostle Paul’s teachings, as taken directly from the Greek of his letters, emphasize neither original guilt nor imputed righteousness.
As one of America's earliest diplomats, Franklin had firsthand experience in gaining and maintaining valuable friendships.
Based on experience, here's what to make of the spat as well as some advice to all of us in the peanut gallery
If we want honor to make a comeback in our culture, it does come at a price.
In a fifteen-year span, a quarter to a third of the empire's population was wiped out.
We have minimum wage hikes for the same reason we have rent control, protectionism, and thousands of other destructive policies.
Did Jesus of Nazareth really exist? Some historians say the evidence is weak. But by what standard?
Justice and liberty have no better spokesman than Cicero.
The basic premise of the show—ordinary human beings caught in extraordinary (and often supernatural) circumstances—never grows old.
5 feet of snow is keeping families together like nothing else does these days!
Marysa Dac was 16 months old when horror engulfed Poland.
The story told to today's students about the birth of the modern West is largely false.
Unless schools begin grounding students in timeless knowledge, will we increasingly see passion backed by a lack of reason and a decline of rational discourse?
The monastery was the most influential institution in Western Europe during the Middle Ages.
Every December we hear about the 'War on Christmas.' But do you know where it really began?
The Bill of Rights contains our most basic and important freedoms... but many Americans can't even name them. Can you?
There is perhaps no manlier icon in Hollywood history than John Wayne.
The legacy of the Bill of Rights is this: What government did not create, it can neither bestow nor confiscate.
Author Catherine Nixey offers a history worth reading the 'The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World.'
A look at the the origin and development of Hanukkah over the past more than 2,000 years.
The rags to riches backstory of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is one we could all stand to hear.
Laura M. Nicolae, a student at Harvard studying math, shared the story of her father in the college newspaper. And it was powerful.
J.R.R. Tolkien learned some things about human nature, sex and love during and following his love affair with wife Edith Bratt. Here are eight observations.
“I believe a man is happier, and happy in a richer way, if he has ‘the freeborn mind’. But I doubt whether he can have this without economic independence, which the new society is abolishing."
Is it time to start teaching kids how to think instead of what to think?
In his Farewell Address, George Washington urged America to be non-interventionist, but that was before the nuclear age.
American schools have been following the educational ideas of one man for a number of decades... and student knowledge continues to stagnate.
Friedrich Hayek was right to voice caution against using coercion to achieve a 'greater good'.
Only 18 percent of today's 8th graders are proficient in U.S. history, and barely any could probably pass this test.
Black Friday videos reveal a lot about human nature.
In a culture so animated by people wanting, taking, and consuming, Thanksgiving stands alone. It is a time of humility, a time to remember all those who toiled and struggled to secure the blessings we have, a time to maybe even acknowledge the...
Without the dogged activism of Sarah Josepha Hale, Thanksgiving may never have become the national holiday it is today.
It is an odd thing about man; even at peace we need outlets for competition and conflict.
The cultural historian Jacques Barzun suggested that persecution is just as likely to germinate in an atmosphere of intellectual inquiry as under an atmosphere of repression.
The Proto-gospel of James tends to fill in gaps left by the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
Cicero was the Roman Socrates, a man who stood for the community over time, rather than the community of the moment. Like his Greek ancestor, Cicero died a martyr.
Halloween is actually deeply rooted in the Christian tradition.
Thomas Hart Benton’s 1933 mural “A Social History of Indiana,” which contains an image of the Ku Klux Klan, is being protested by students in Indiana.
A sobering comparison of the results of the Inquisition and secular torture.
In the 'The Communist Manifesto,' Marx is refreshingly candid regarding the aims of Communism.
Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the most prominent public intellectuals in America. But his famous 'case for reparations' contains conspicuous flaws.
“The department cannot claim to provide students with the ‘foundational knowledge of the canon’ whilst it refuses to decolonise the curriculum.”
Christina Hoff Sommers says something about moms that makes you wonder if there's a war against men or if they just quit.
There's a reason Americans are so susceptible to propaganda.
Unfortunately, you’re already a victim of propaganda. Here are some ideas for freeing yourself.
The myth we have been told about the history of American public schooling as a national treasure that nurtures our democracy is untrue.
We’re not going to learn anything if we skip over important pieces of history and avoid challenging literature merely because it might make people “uncomfortable.”
The English historian Paul Johnson wondered if America could ever atone for its original sins.
A Louisiana teen is one of the most recent students to land a perfect 36 on the ACT.
The school voted earlier this month at the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting to change the elementary school’s name from Davis Magnet IB to Barack Obama Magnet...
October 25 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of the man
For more than 400 years, between the ninth and the early 13th centuries, Europeans asked God to weigh-in on defendants’ criminal status. The method of their request: judicial ordeals.
A rising share of Americans think it doesn't.
'The Odyssey' encourages us to choose our leaders and role models carefully.
Do we any longer have access to reality?
Trump’s tweet threatening to revoke the licenses of media for publishing “fake news” is indefensible.
The importance of rationalism in choosing a mate is often overlooked in today's society.
I work on a university campus. One might expect such a place to feel vibrant and energetic, but lately there seems to be more fatigue and malaise.
The last of the JFK assassination files are due out in October. Get ready for the conspiracy theories.
The trouble is that we have left the Industrial Era for the Imagination Age, but our mass education system remains fully entrenched in factory-style schooling.
Your share of the national debt? It's now over $61,000 per person.
Is free K-12 education also bad for students?
Is the Antifa fight against fascism actually fighting for the fascist ideology without realizing it?
A writer who lived in Spain during the 1960s explains what Catalonia’s drive for independence could mean for Spain—and Europe.
'The contents of the Internet were the same old items in multiplied confusion.'
J.R.R. Tolkiens' book 'The Hobbit' today is rated as the sixth bestselling work of literature of all time.
Psychologist David Reynolds says that gratitude "is a natural response" for people with a realistic understanding of the world.
Scores in math, reading, and writing all soared when Feversham Primary Academy began its new approach to learning.
Playboy challenged the idea of masculinity that had evolved around the nuclear family, and that held particular purchase in the early years of Cold War America.
The term is getting thrown around a lot these days.
SAT results are out and they're... confusing.
The death of the great American poet John Ashbery raises an important: Why are there are no “great” living American poets today?
Lewis explains the end goal of an English course... one that appears to be rather foreign to American high schools.
Soviet Union Col. Stanislav Petrov might have averted a nuclear holocaust in 1983 by spotting a false alarm. Can humans learn a lesson from him?
Despite the great successes of the Scottish and Americans in the eighteenth century, the nineteenth century bred the narrowest thought of all.
A war in Korea would disastrous. But U.S. leaders must soon decide whether the costs of war exceed the dangers of military inaction.
Author Paul Kengor has written an account of the relationship between Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan that is compelling and unabashedly faith-filled.
A genuine nationalist cannot be an imperialist. In this sense, the so-called nationalism of the nineteenth century was nothing of the sort…
Training in tolerance and sensitivity seems to have preceded instruction in free speech.
According to many scholars, diversity was the downfall of the Roman Empire.
Today the farce being played out in the United States is plain for all who care to witness it.
Did it start with a single act of defiance?
There was a specific reason why Lewis avoided the typewriter like the plague.
“Peace is only an armistice in an endless war.”
A Thomas Middleton play in 1613 is the earliest printed example of a European author referring to fellow Europeans as ‘white people’.
G.K. Chesterton's ideas and writings do no fit neatly into those of the 21st century, which makes them all the more important.
"All through the history of the West the Greeks have continued to spur innovation..."
News headlines and TV images in our present time seem to confirm George Orwell as some kind of uncanny prophet of human behavior.
Antifa is pronounced "an-TEE-fuh," in case you were wondering.
In the past, did the average person really only live to 40 or 50?
It would be a mistake to overlook just how Christian this idea is.
Donald Trump's pardon of swaggering Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio has caused quite a fuss.
A New York politician wants to remove his statue because he promoted slavery.
If you find yourself unsatisfied with what the current culture celebrates, you may want to turn to the ancient wisdom of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
Last month’s torchlight parade in Charlottesville represented, among other things, the utter failure of modern public education and much of modern public discourse.
What characterizes a hurricane man is his willingness to go outside the customs and laws that normally govern society.
O’Connor’s stories retain timeless importance.
Apparently Maria von Trapp was not politically correct in how she raised her children.
At a lecture given at the Library of Congress, medievalist and biologist Erin Connelly discussed the relevance of medieval medicine.
Charlie Chaplin responded to the mortal threat that the Nazis posed in a different way.
Compared to the rioters who pulled down his effigy, that Confederate soldier atop the pedestal in Durham was a moral colossus.
A British author details the Europe's odd suicide in a new best-selling book.
The college president who declared that universities are not day cares comes up with another zinger.
There is a tendency to lump all Confederate monuments together. That is a mistake.
'Do not glorify the violent people who are now tearing down the statues.'
What would be the outcomes of such a course of action?
Che Guevara was responsible for the first Cuban concentration camp, where homosexuals and Christians were tortured and re-educated.
Violent confrontations with antifascists gave the Nazis a chance to paint themselves as the victims of a pugnacious, lawless left.
If he had a time machine, would Joshua Witt’s stabber take on the mission of going back in time to assassinate Hitler and thus save the world from the horrors of Nazism?
And minimize the role of government institutions in shaping public ideology, public attitudes, and the public's view of history.
Both Antifa and the neo-Nazis align themselves with ideologies that brought about the greatest human suffering the world has ever seen.
C.S. Lewis suggests that intelligence and faith go hand in hand.
The UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime recently explained why slavery is proliferating in recent years.
The absence of heroes may be playing an important role in the nature of the next generation.
Iconoclasm has provided no net benefit to humanity.
Trade has always existed, and rich merchants have always been a part of the economic and political picture, but merchants have not always been the rulers, as they are today…
Made to feel guilty in thinking some thought, saying some word, or expressing some idea, and fearful about the consequences of doing so, an increasingly successful Orwellian-like thought police of politically correct “newspeak” is imposed on...
In the end, the socialist state did not transform human nature; human nature found ways to use the socialist state for its own ends.
We have a lot of problems to address in our education system, but racism in school choice is not one of them.
We were warned over 175 years ago that education could become a tool of indoctrination. Now it is undeniably being used as such.
Without reference to theology, students who study classical history see an historic break between the West and every previous civilization.
The focus should be on restoring a more holistic appreciation for the spiritual nature of all work that serves one’s neighbor.
There are a lot of weird laws these days, but none so weird as those that get innocent, law-abiding individuals in trouble.
A certain set of Catholics since Vatican II has rejected this embrace of religious freedom.
Our Anti-Federalist philosophical fathers fought to forestall the inevitable. For that we must salute them.
The quest for sensitivity has come at a cost.
Plutarch recounts many such similar instances in ancient history, and identifies a trend that still runs through all forms of flattery.
The more frustrated we become with a "do-nothing" government, the more likely we are to seek "strongmen" to fix it. That's not a good thing.
It's easy to see once one looks at the root of the problem.
In his book 'Their Morals and Ours,' Leon Trotsky explained why the murder of children is perfectly justifiable under certain conditions.
What viewers get is a much-needed lesson in one of the most spectacular moments of modern history, one that will forever offer lessons for oppressed people everywhere.
Would we have more well-rounded, deeper thinking students if we moved away from the idea that history must be interpreted through the lens of current consciousness?
A Michigan college arrested a student and two other individuals for handing out copies of the Constitution and their day in court has arrived.