Podcast Episode 70: King and the Cabinet

Larry King called Donald Trump one of the most “ridiculous” presidents in American history. Why? Because he appointed people to cabinet positions that don’t agree with the charge of that department. The horror! But King’s stupid statement led to this podcast. We have had worse cabinet members than those appointed by Trump. I talk about a couple of those individuals and then give you who …more

Episode 69: Music and Think Locally, Act Locally

Music is a think locally, act locally idea. People like music for many reasons. I like music that speaks to a people, a place, a time. One woman described music as “the soul of the world embedded in sound.” To me, it is more than that, and I discuss why in this episode.

Podcast Episode 68: War Before Civilization

Are humans naturally inclined to violence? Lawrence Keeley thinks so. In fact, he argues that before the blessings of Western Civilization, man was more violent and brutal than today. I discuss what this means for modern society and why we should pay attention to his findings in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 67: The Bayards of Delaware

Most people don’t know anything about the Bayards of Delaware, but they should. They are one of America’s greatest political families, and they had much to say about statecraft, war, empire, and government. Libertarians and conservatives would do well to get to know their history.

Podcast Episode 66: Modern Education

Modern education stinks. Everyone knows it. But why? The mastermind behind all that ails us is the progressive philosopher John Dewey, but even so, the problems run deeper. We have abandoned many of the practices that helped develop young men and women into solid, moral, and well-rounded republican men and women. This is a think locally, act locally moment.

Podcast Episode 65: Korea

Why in the heck do Americans care about Korea? Kim Jong Un has recently rattled Americans by promising to nuke the United States, and the Trump administration has suggested that all options are on the table. I provide the background for this “crisis” and how it has impacted the powers of the presidency and American foreign policy. Korea was in many ways the start of …more

Podcast Episode 64: Grover the Good

Donald Trump has outlined “his” legislative agenda. The public goes wild. All is right in the world. The legislator in chief has spoken. Of course, this was never supposed to happen, and there have been several presidents opposed to this type of pseudo-monarchy, Grover Cleveland foremost among them. I discuss Trump, Obama, Cleveland, the Gilded Age and a host of other goodies in Episode 64 …more

Podcast Episode 63: The Anti-Federalists

Why are the Anti-Federalists important? William Watkins has written a marvelous book on the subject, “Crossroads for Liberty,” that explores what the Anti-Federalists had to say about the Constitution and why they matter today. I discuss his book, the antis, the Constitution, and the issues in Episode 63 of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 62: Fake News

Fake news is the catchphrase of the day. Everyone is talking about it, but the issue is bigger than bogus news stories. It gets to the heart of the media. What kind of press do we need or want? A fair and objective press? No. We need a free and independent press, and modern media has gone the way of the 18th and 19th centuries. …more

Podcast Episode 61: The Ideal Commonwealth

Secession is constantly in the news. Many Californians want out of the Union and mainstream voices are chiming in on the issue. But what constitutes the ideal republic or commonwealth? David Hume had an answer. For now, this is an academic exercise, but as decentralization will be the issue of the 21st century, it might be wise to start thinking about reform measures that could …more