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Episode 175: Would Repealing the 17th Amendment Save Federalism?

9/11/2018
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https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.com I have argued that repealing the 17th Amendment would be a step in the right direction for restoring federalism in America, but would it be sufficient? Some "conservatives" stop there, thinking that once the 17th is gone, the States would wrest control of the government from the bureaucrats and bring some sanity to Washington. There may be some truth to this, but more would need to be done,...

Duration:00:33:21

Episode 174: A republican President

9/5/2018
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https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.com What did the founding generation want and expect from the executive branch? Did they desire an elected king? And did Americans following that generation think the American presidency should have the powers of a monarch? The answer is unequivocally no. The Congress was designed to be the most powerful branch in the federal city. The president could execute the laws, but Congress controlled both the...

Duration:00:33:47

Episode 173: Webster and Calhoun vs. Trump and McCain

8/30/2018
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https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.com John McCain's death and Donald Trump's subsequent snub have sparked a moderate debate over how to properly remember a political adversary. I believe no one did this better than Daniel Webster after John C. Calhoun's death in 1850, but of course the circumstances were different as was the character and legacy of the men in question. I discuss the issue in both contemporary and historical terms in...

Duration:00:31:22

Episode 172: The Idea of the South?

8/23/2018
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https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.com Time Magazine thought it was necessary to produce a "Southern Issue." What does this mean? Is the South still the "other" in American society? Has it always been so? Is there an "idea" of the South that is different from the "real South?" Time seems to think so. I discuss their "Southern Issue" in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Duration:00:34:15

Episode 171: State Independency

8/15/2018
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https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.com A listener sent me an email the other day (I do read them) about an argument he had with his father-in-law concerning the meaning of union, the American political structure, and the founding period. Now, I don't encourage listeners to get into heated debates with family due to my podcast, but I wanted to respond to his questions because this issue is at the heart of American federalism. I briefly...

Duration:00:30:48

Episode 170: The Next Civil War

7/31/2018
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https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.com Will there be another "civil war" and what would it look like? Are Americans so different today that this is a real possibility? Harry Crocker thinks so, and I tend to agree if we continue down the path of nationalism, top down, one-size fits all policies, and Cultural Marxism. The only real solution is to "think locally, and act locally." I discuss Crocker's American Spectator piece and all the...

Duration:00:34:14

Episode 169: Secession and Reconciliation

7/25/2018
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https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.com Mainstream academics are beginning to pay attention to the issues of secession and "treason." Did Southerners commit treason when they seceded from the Union in 1860-61? Did Northern leaders violate civil liberties during the War? Most importantly, how did Americans, North and South, view these issues in the immediate aftermath of the War? And was "reconciliation" a bad thing? Two mainstream...

Duration:00:31:16

Episode 165: Time's Founding Fathers

6/27/2018
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https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.com Time Magazine produced a special issue on the Founding Fathers just in time for Independence Day. Great right? Wrong. This is the politically correct foil to my Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers (and for the same price!). I go over what they got wrong and very wrong--and why you should buy my three books that cover the Founding generation--in this Episode of The Brion McClanahan...

Duration:00:31:37

Episode 164: Is Anti-Immigration Un-American?

6/21/2018
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https://brionmcclanahan.com/support https://mcclanahanacademy.com http://learntruehistory.com Some people would have you believe that being anti-immigration is not only un-American, it's a product of Nazi Germany. These same people insist that every effort to restrict American immigration has been based on race. Is this true? No. The role of the general government in immigration is, however, debatable. I discuss all of this in Episode 164 of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Duration:00:30:34

Episode 163: Lincoln and Trump

6/12/2018
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https://brionmcclanahan.com/support https://mcclanahanacademy.com http://learntruehistory.com Dinesh D'Souza will release another political documentary this summer. The topic? Lincoln, Trump and the "Death of a Nation." Lincoln worshipers firmly believe that he "saved America" during the War and if only we could have another Lincoln, America would be alright. This is problematic. I explain why in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Duration:00:26:13

Episode 162: Why the War Still Matters

6/6/2018
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https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.com Why does the "War" still matter in 2018? This is a good question and one I seek to answer in my newest course for McClanahan Academy, "The War for Southern Independence." I give you the scoop on why the War was a transformational episode in American history and why everything that followed is current events.

Duration:00:31:55

Episode 161: Harry Truman

5/24/2018
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https://brionmcclanahan.com/support https://mcclanahanacademy.com http://learntruehistory.com Every politician seems to like Harry Truman these days. Conservative Inc. admires his stand on communism and the Left understands that without Truman FDR's "Second Bill of Rights" dream would never have gotten off the ground. When everyone likes someone, it's time to reconsider how "great" they are. Truman is by far one of the worst presidents in American history, and I explain why on this episode...

Duration:00:31:54

Episode 160: The Cold War

5/9/2018
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https://brionmcclanahan.com/support https://mcclanahanacademy.com http://learntruehistory.com I find the Cold War to be one of the most fascinating periods in American history. There are three distinctive epochs in the 250 years the United States has existed: The American War for Independence and the original federal republic (1776-1861), Lincolnian America and the quest for national greatness (1861-1945), and the Cold War (1945-present). Everything we do today and how we conceptualize the...

Duration:00:31:57

Episode 159: Jefferson and Missouri

5/4/2018
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https://brionmcclanahan.com/support https://mcclanahanacademy.com http://learntruehistory.com What did Jefferson mean when he wrote about the "fire bell in the night?" Most interpretations focus on slavery and the threats it posed to the stability of the Union, but this is reading history in reverse and it misses Jefferson's main point. The Union was in trouble because of the potential violation of the Constitution by those interested in political power. The Missouri Compromise represented...

Duration:00:25:45

Episode 158: Should Cities Be States?

4/25/2018
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https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.com The city of Birmingham thinks it should be a State and is suing in FEDERAL court to determine if it can ignore State law. This would be a disaster for federalism and would produce all kinds of problems. I explain why in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Duration:00:30:34

Episode 157: Marbury v. Madison. Good or Bad?

4/18/2018
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https://brionmcclanahan.com/support https://mcclanahanacademy.com http://learntruehistory.com A listener generated episode. Was Marbury v. Madison a good or bad decision? What are the misconceptions of the case, and what did it mean for the future of American constitutionalism? Get the scoop on this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Duration:00:31:37

Episode 156: They Also Ran

4/11/2018
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https://brionmcclanahan.com/support https://mcclanahanacademy.com http://learntruehistory.com This is a listener generated episode. Keep sending your requests. If ______ candidate won ________ presidential election, what would have been different, or more importantly, did the wrong man win? Irving Stone wrote a breezy tome on this topic in the middle of the 20th century titled "They Also Ran." His book is popular history at its finest, but like any political history has its biases. I have...

Duration:00:29:34

Episode 155: What is American Liberty?

4/4/2018
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https://brionmcclanahan.com/support https://mcclanahanacademy.com http://learntruehistory.com Liberty minded Americans might be unaware that there are several different concepts of American liberty all born in the colonial period. This presents a problem when discussing current events and creates the climate of "incompatible things." I discuss liberty in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Duration:00:33:37

Episode 153: Why are my Professors Liberal?

3/21/2018
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https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.com This is a question many people in Western countries ask today. Why are my college professors so liberal? It seems the academy is overrun with hippie has-beens and revolutionary wannabes. How did this happen? Some of it has to do with field and the rest with culture and hubris. I discuss in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Duration:00:29:48

Episode 152: The Disuniting of America

3/14/2018
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https://brionmcclanahan.com/support https://mcclanahanacademy.com http://learntruehistory.com Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. was a court historian of the court historians, the bridge between the Old Left and the New Left. He would also be attacked by the New Left of today for his views on "multiculturalism." His book "The Disuniting of America" is an interesting discussion of history, politics, and more importantly the myth of Lincolnian America. This book was highly influential when I was an...

Duration:00:33:25