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 …more
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 general …more
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 …more
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.
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.
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 …more
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.
Woodrow Wilson, FDR, and Lyndon Johnson should rank at the bottom of every presidential list. Unfortunately, they don’t. Of course, I placed them among the 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America. But of those three, who is the worst? Tom Woods made a case for FDR and Michael Malice for Wilson in a recent episode of the Tom Woods Show. They didn’t mention LBJ. They …more
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.
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 …more