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Episode 135: The Long War, 1789-Present

More Historians like to keep things neat and tidy and thus often compartmentalize different periods in Western Civilization. The profession's infatuation with monographs has led to a climate where the "longue duree" is often overlooked. That is unfortunate because it misses the conjunction between political, military, economic, and social history. As we reflect on American involvement in World War I, it...

Duration: 00:34:08

Episode 134: John Dickinson and Originalism

More A fan of the show emailed me asking what books, websites, etc. should he be reading to determine original intent. Of course my Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution was designed for that purpose, but there are several other good books and websites that discuss either originalism or provide the primary sources to understand the concept. And of course there were members of the founding generation...

Duration: 00:35:36

Episode 133: Should We Be "Fearful?"

More The ContraKrugman Podcast hosted by Tom Woods and Bob Murphy should be on your podcast rotation. If not, you are missing out. That said, they covered the Thanksgiving column by Paul Krugman on a recent episode that piqued my interest. Krugman, it seems, is a highly fearful man, but not over things that rational people would fear. No. Krugman is afraid of getting his feelings hurt or hurting...

Duration: 00:36:10

Episode 132: Longmire and the Virginian

More As I discussed in my podcast episode "Hollywierd," pop culture is in decline in America, but there are a few nuggets that offer redemption. One is the recently concluded television series Longmire. The show reminded me of the classic series the Virginian, so I wanted to dive into the similarities and what makes both shows special. If you are hungry for a show depicting real men acting like real...

Duration: 00:31:38

Episode 131: Does Original Intent Prove Seccesion is Illegal?

More Over my vacation last week I received an email chain debating secession. One participant claimed that not only did the Constitution explicitly forbid secession, the founding generation thought it was illegal as well. For evidence, he cited a couple of lines from the Federalist and an incorrectly cited quote from George Washington's letter to the Congress dated September 17, 1787. As they say, the...

Duration: 00:31:16

Episode 130: "Did Tariffs Really Cause the American Civil War?"

More Several people emailed me a link to an article on over the Thanksgiving week concerning tariffs and the "civil war" [sic]. The author of the article, Chris Carlton, does a nice job with his podcast and is a thoughtful fellow, but he gets several things wrong, most importantly the real reason the North and South were at odds for nearly eighty years before the War in 1861. I correct his...

Duration: 00:40:13

Episode 129: Tradition and America

More Tom Fleming at the Fleming Foundation recently wrote several posts on social media about tradition. This was a Socratic exercise in defining tradition and other political terms with the goal of finding a deeper understanding of the "ism" of tradition. As Dr. Fleming illustrates, tradition and ideology are incompatible, but nevertheless are often lumped together. That said, what is the value of...

Duration: 00:35:59

Episode 128: Tariffs and the Constitution

constitutionality Tariffs are one of the more contentious issues in American history. The debate over their necessity and constitutionality begins in the period leading to the American War for Independence and has continued unabated since. They were a key ingredient in the "sectional conflict" and men both North and South questioned whether they were necessary or constitutional. I provide two...

Duration: 00:32:30

Episode 127: Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Fight?

More One common critique of Southern secession centers on the argument that it was a rich man's effort without any support from the rest of the South, or that less wealthy Southerners were duped into supporting a war for "rich men." Both of these arguments are false, and I explain why in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Duration: 00:30:33

Episode 126: Human Scale

More Kirkpatrick Sale is the leading authority on the discussion and study of size and scale in government. His 1980 book "Human Scale" is, in many respects, the basis of the "Think locally, Act locally" message. I discuss his conclusions, a new edition of his book, and the importance of small is beautiful on this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Duration: 00:30:44

Episode 125: The Trail of Tears

More This show is a little different because I discuss a historical subject without any contemporary commentary. This is all history, but I do approach it from a decidedly different perspective. There are some misconceptions about the Indian Removal Act and the several "Trail of Tears" that followed along with a misunderstanding of John Marshall's motives in separate SCOTUS decisions. This one is chock full of goodness.

Duration: 00:32:20

Episode 124: General Kelly vs. "Historians"

More Establishment historians have a new reason to throw a temper tantrum: General John Kelly. Kelly was the first guest on the new Laura Ingraham Angle on Fox News and according to these "actual historians," he stepped in it. Kelly had the audacity to call Robert E. Lee a great man and to opine that the War could have been avoided. This led to a Washington Post article slamming Kelly's positions through the voices of David Blight...

Duration: 00:37:18

Episode 123: What is a "State?"

More The Radical Republicans were fond of a constitutional theory known as "state suicide." Essentially, they believed that when the Southern States seceded from the Union, the State committed suicide and thus reverted to territorial status. This leads to several interesting legal and philosophical questions, not the least of which is what is an American State? I discuss this in detail in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Duration: 00:30:48

Episode 122: Hollywood and Hollywierd

More With all of the attention Hollywood has been getting in recent weeks, I thought it would be good to do a show on the problems of Hollywierd and what they represent in modern America. It is not just about Harvey Weinstein or a "lack of creativity," it is part and parcel of the culture war taking place in America today. It is a lack of masculinity and of "Chesterton's Fence," of the breakdown of people and place and of real...

Duration: 00:30:21

Episode 121: Race and Reunion

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Duration: 00:34:28

Episode 120: Originalism is "Extreme"

More United States Senate candidate Roy Moore has been called an "extremist" for supporting...gasp...the founding generation and the Constitution. This is a troubling development but one that has been years in the making. The latest character assassination comes at the hands of CNN who ran a hit piece on Moore and The Tenth Amendment Center last week. Go figure. The attempt is clearly to reduce Moore's support in Alabama and make...

Duration: 00:31:45

Episode 119: The American Anti-War Tradition

More If you listen to the neo-cons (and their progressive forefathers), Americans have always supported foreign adventurism and have a moral obligation to do so. But is this true? How many wars in American history have been popular? I answer that question in Episode 119 of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Duration: 00:32:53

Episode 118: Is Federal Disaster Relief Constitutional?

More A listener asked me to address this question so here you go. Is federal disaster relief constitutional? Big question with three major hurricanes doing serious damage in the United States and Puerto Rico recently. Short answer: No. I give you some historical examples (Cleveland and Coolidge) and talk about the political problems with this question in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Duration: 00:31:19

Episode 117: Article V Convention

More A listener asked me if I support an Article V convention to amend the Constitution. Short answer, yes. There were many good amendments proposed by the States that did not make the final cut after the Constitution was ratified and there are also several good innovations in the Confederate Constitution of 1861. I proposed seven changes to the Constitution in my 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and I discuss those in this...

Duration: 00:32:12

Episode 116: The Winds of Change

More Catalonia independence was temporarily prevented by the heavy hand of the state. This was the news story throughout the day of October 1 and will be an important story moving forward. Much has changed since 1989 and 1990 when communist governments peacefully gave up power to secession and self-determination. How should Americans respond to these self-determinations movements? I talk about that in Episode 116 of The Brion...

Duration: 00:31:16

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