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The Brion McClanahan Show

The Brion McClanahan Show discusses history, politics, and society with the slogan, "Think Locally, Act Locally." Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

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Episode 183: Citizenship and the 14th Amendment

https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.comDonald Trump is the most important political figure of the early 21st century. No one else has been able to turn the political discussion on a dime like Trump, and that discussion quickly turned to immigration and the 14th Amendment on October 30, just days after everyone was talking about political violence. Not anymore. But can Trump end birthright citizenship with an executive order, and is birthright citizenship codified by the 14th Amendment? No and no, and I discuss both issues in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

38mins

1 Nov 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 222: Fake News Fakes Its Knowledge About the "Civil War"

https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.comFacebook is now "Fact Checking" posts. This is bad news for a variety of reasons, but maybe most embarrassingly because they are using a former CNN reporter to do the fact checking. What could go wrong with that, particularly when they are "fact checking" the civil war [sic]. I hit this issue head on in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

32mins

11 Apr 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 194: Heavy Metal and Western Civilization

https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.comHeavy metal music was invented by Western Civilization. I know to some people this might be sacrilege, but it's true. It could not have been made without it, and it embodies urban white working class society. It also was a hearty reaction to the Cold War and the prospect of mutual assured destruction. I discuss these issues and more in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

33mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 199: Carlson vs. Shapiro

https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.comTucker Carlson gave perhaps the most important political television monologue of early 2019 last week in response to Mitt Romney's op-ed critical of Donald Trump. It was bold, meaty, and it ticked off establishment Republicans like Ben Shapiro. That's why it was great. I discuss both the monologue and Shapiro's response in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

43mins

10 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 102: Robert E. Lee

http://blamehamilton.com http://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.comSeveral people have asked me to respond to an Atlantic article about Robert E. Lee. I already did, over two years ago. Episode 102 republishes a talk I gave on Lee and the terrible book, Reading the Man by Elizabeth Brown Pryor, in January 2015, fully six months before the current pogrom on all things Southern began. Enjoy!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

50mins

15 Aug 2017

Rank #5

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Episode 158: Should Cities Be States?

https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.comThe 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.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

31mins

25 Apr 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 214: Lincoln Invents History at Cooper Union

https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.comThis is a listener requested episode. Lincoln's Cooper Union Address is considered to be one of his best speeches. Figures. It is full of historical inaccuracies, half-truths, and logical fallacies. Typical Honest Abe. I take apart this speech and discuss what it means for American history on this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

37mins

8 Mar 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 219: Creating an Americanism?

https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.comHarvard professor Jill Lepore thinks we need to write more nationalist histories of the United States, but they have to be a certain type of nationalist histories. She gets so many things wrong in a recent article for foreignaffairs.com that I had to take her positions apart.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

35mins

3 Apr 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 206: What the SOU Should Have Said

https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.comTrump delivered the State of the Union address to a group of spoiled teenagers last night. He said some good things, but as usual, the address had little substance and was heavy on slogans and platitudes. I give you a SOU that we all should applaud, that is all adults should applaud.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

31mins

6 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 217: Leave Joseph Story Out of the Federalist Society

https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.comThe Federalist Society has decided to give an award named after the "originalist" Joseph Story. This is a bad idea for so many reasons. I explain why in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

32mins

20 Mar 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 215: Incorporation, Establishment, and Originalism

https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.comIs incorporation settled law? More importantly, what does the "Establishment Clause" contained in the First Amendment mean? And could/can States have state established churches? These are big questions. One candidate for a Wisconsin State court position believes that the States did have the ability to establish a religion--he is correct. He then backtracked when attacked by his leftist opponent. At the same time, the SCOTUS is deliberating on the "Establishment Clause" and will issue a ruling in the coming months on this issue. I discuss all of this in a listener generated Think Locally, Act Locally free-for-fall.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

31mins

13 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 290: Glenn Beck's Restoring the Covenant

Glenn Beck relies too much on David Barton. How do I know this? His latest event, Restoring the Covenant on the Sacred Land of Gettysburg, is just pure Lincolnian myth making and New England fantasy at its finest. This presents all kinds of problems for American conservatives. In fact, it is more dangerous long term than American progressivism.  If American conservatism is defined by Beck's "Restoring the Covenant," then American conservatism is dead. I explain in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show. https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

35mins

11 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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Episode 263: The War on History

Jarrett Stepman has a new book out for Regnery titled, The War on History. This is a great subject and a needed tome on the ongoing effort to destroy Western Civilization. I offer my honest review of both the book and the subject in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

36mins

16 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 301: The Only Thing We Have to Fear

Franklin Roosevelt delivered one of the most important speeches in American history on March 4, 1933. It is one of the top three addresses in presidential history and perhaps the transformational speech of the 20th century. Why? You probably know a line or two, but most people have never read this short but important speech. Since I can't teach in class right now, you are my class. I discuss Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show. https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

39mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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Episode 208: Just Blame Calhoun

https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.comWhen something is wrong, just blame Calhoun. That is what anyone with half a brain decides to do. It doesn't matter if you are on the "left" or the "right," Calhoun is the root of all American evil. This is a cartoonish narrative that unfortunately gets used too often. I take apart a recent attempt by a "conservative" in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

33mins

15 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 210: Republicans, Progressives, and Taxes

https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.comProgressives want a 70% top marginal income tax rate and claim this has always been the American way, that is until those evil Republicans changed things in the 1980s. This is all hogwash. I discuss taxes, Republicans, and progressives in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

35mins

22 Feb 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 125: The Trail of Tears

http://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.comThis 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.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

33mins

3 Nov 2017

Rank #17

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Episode 262: Can Roman History Save America?

Professor Steele Brand wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post arguing that Roman History should be the savoir of America. The founding generation were certainly reared on stories of Roman republicanism, there is little doubt that this type of republicanism molded the culture of the founding generation. But can this help us today? In short, yes, but not completely in the way Brand suggests.https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

32mins

9 Oct 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 269: Which Ancestors?

In 1956, the great Southern philosopher Richard Weave penned a review of Russell Kirk's Conservative Mind where he asked which ancestors we should emulate. There are several traditions in America but which traditions are best? Should we follow Lincoln, the progressive tradition, or something else? Just as with the definition of liberty, tradition can be a thorny issue. I discuss Weaver and his brilliant essay in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

32mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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Episode 24: The Electoral College

The National Popular Vote Initiative has been gaining steam and is close to being implemented. What would it do? Eliminate the Electoral College. I explain why this is a very bad idea and why the Electoral College was created in the first place. http://learntruehistory.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support

25mins

2 Jun 2016

Rank #20