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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.
How do we handle that fear? Do we dismiss it entirely and become flippant in our response to life’s challenges?
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 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.
The 1619 Project claims that American history marginalizes African-Americans. Evidence suggests otherwise.
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.
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.
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.
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 state.
When Chambers rejected the Communist philosophy of faith in man and embraced faith in God, he had what he viewed as his first Christmas.
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."
Is Thanksgiving, as the American left would frame it, merely a holiday celebrating the oppression of the Native Americans by European settlers?
The first President's humility, faith, and outlook stand in stark contrast to the politicians of our time.
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.
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.
Socialism has been tried again and again, with varying degrees of failure every time. Nobody ever seems to learn.
The Allies came together to fight World War II 80 years ago, and we're losing the stories those who served can tell.
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.
What to do when a Marxist mural depicting a dark side of American history is suddenly on the chopping block?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The perpetual war on history now has the father of our country in its sights.
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.
The manikin of socialism was identical for the Nazis and Soviets.
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.
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.
The survival of liberty depends on skepticism of government power—and make no mistake, that includes President Trump.
The current push to pass the ERA arguably has nothing to do with legal equality...
Mussolini's life offers deep, cautionary insights for contemporary politics.
If we truly believe men and women to be equal, then does that include the capacity for mistakes?
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?”
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.
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.
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...
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 the s
Is Tucker Carlson right to argue that the free market can be destructive to the family?
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.
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.
Merriam-Webster has picked the word 'justice' for 2018. But are we practicing the wrong definition of the word?
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.
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.
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.
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?
Let’s look at patterns of Russian policy stretching back over three centuries.
We shouldn't be so surprised that Russia hacked the 2016 election. They've been at this for a while.
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?
“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?
As we get closer to the mid-term election in November, we can expect the violence to escalate.
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.
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,
Rather than being a Utopia, socialism and communism in practice create a hell on earth.
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.'
Is it time for our nation to have a serious conversation about what tolerance really means?
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.
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?
Those who fail to understand the principles upon which our government is founded risk losing their freedoms.
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…
Have we abandoned a logical approach to education?
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.
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...
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.'
On May 18, 1927, a deranged and embittered farmer named Andrew Kehoe committed the worst school mass killing in American history.
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.
Here are five facts you should know about the man who became the world’s most famous Protestant evangelist.
Prominent writers are calling for repeal of the Second Amendment. This invites an important question: Why do we have it in the first place?
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.
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?
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.