Larry Reed at FEE asked a couple of years ago, are we Rome? He pointed to a number of troubling similarities between the Roman Empire and the modern United States. I answer yes for several reasons, not the least of which is political corruption. Americans should study not only U.S. and British history, but also classical civilizations like Greece and Rome. This provides perspective on our current moral, economic, and political plight. You want blood? We got it.
Who won the October 9, 2016 debate? A better question would be what questions were appropriate for a presidential debate? Not many, but that was to be expected. And does a “town hall” style format work for the executive branch? I discuss the winner, the loser, the topics, and more importantly political discourse. Don’t miss it.
American politicians love to pander. We will give you free stuff! Vote for us! The real message is that you can’t do it yourself. This has helped produce an American culture that refuses to capitalize on its natural talents. How do we turn this around? How do we sell liberty and independence to people who want government goodies? Listen in. I’ll tell you.
I discuss three military themed television shows: Taking Fire, Generation Kill, and Surviving the Cut, along with our current idiotic foreign policy and the effect that has on the American military, as evidenced by the men who take part in these programs. Our longest war is our most inhumane.
Matthew Drake is an illustrator who makes videos based on “contemporary speakers and philosophers.” He wanted to base one on my podcast comparing the 1896 and 2016 elections. I had never seen his work, but I said “please do,” not knowing how great it would turn out. It’s better than great. Below is the video. If you like my podcast, you’ll like the video, and if you like the video, please support Mr. Drake: http://matthewdrake.storenvy.com/ and https://www.patreon.com/illustratedphilosophy
Parade Magazine ran a piece two weeks ago asking “celebrities” and everyday people to finish this sentence: “If I were president….” The results are typical and frightening, at least if you don’t want an elected king. I think, however, that people do want an elected king, at least judging from the answers and what people expect the executive branch to (unconstitutionally) do. I discuss this in Episode 45 of The Brion McClanahan Show.
Dr. Terry Moe from Stanford University thinks the president has too little power! The Constitution, he argues, is an outdated relic that needs to be changed to reflect and respond to “national social problems.” Is he correct? Of course not. I explain what he gets wrong–hint most of it–and why we don’t need an elected king in Episode 44 of The Brion McClanahan Show.
Colin Kapernick has taken a stand, or a knee. Is he right in doing so? He is making a “national” statement about issues that are purely local, and the “national” response is one of the major problems with American politics today. I talk about Kapernick, the national anthem, the pledge, and American nationalism in Episode 43 of The Brion McClanahan Show.
Who is the real Daniel Webster, the “National Conservative” as Richard Current called him or the ardent proponent of nullification and State’s Rights circa 1808-1815? The latter is the Webster that no one knows, the Webster that your history teacher or professor won’t discuss. Why? Because it blows apart the entire nationalist argument of America history. I talk about THAT Daniel Webster in Episode 42.
You’ve probably heard this argument before: “Only the original 13 States and maybe Texas or Hawaii can secede. The other States were created by the federal government.” This is wrong on so many levels. I talk about granted or delegated powers and the creation of American States in this episode. It’s too meaty to miss.