Todd Rains

Todd Rains

Multimedia Editor

Todd is the Multimedia Editor at Intellectual Takeout, having began as a '18 Alcuin Intern with the organization. He is currently a senior at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he is pursuing a B.A. in the History of Ideas. Both he and his wife are transplants to Minnesota, but have come to love its lakes and summer weather.

Recent blog posts by this author

Rome and the Decline and Fall … of Bureaucracy?

We have all heard the comparison between the fall of Rome and the current state of decline in America. The comparison is often repeated, and its warning should not be forgotten. One writer who states this clearly is the historian Thomas Cahill....

Like Thinking For Yourself? Think Again

Most of us want to think for ourselves. We respect those that do and try to do so ourselves. This may be the wrong way to go about it, says Alan Jacobs, professor of humanities at Baylor University. Jacobs makes three helpful points about thought...

3 Ways to be a Great Friend as Told by Alcuin of York

If you are looking for “rules for life,” then you might want to start with Alcuin of York, an 8th century cleric. Never heard of him? You should have. Alcuin was Charlemagne’s secretary of education and the driving force behind the “Carolingian...

What Russia’s Real-Life ‘Hooligan’ Fight Clubs Can Teach Us About Reality, Violence, and the Human Condition

In the lead up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, many sports journalists have been writing about the state of Russian sports and culture. This continues a theme from the Winter Olympics in February where Russian contestants were banned because of...