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29 October 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Conservatism is an intellectual exercise. It is an exercise in thinking, in bringing the magnificent past, the history that we have to draw from, which is unbelievable, the history we have to draw from, the events, the great writers, the philosophies. This is part of the equation. It’s not just the founders. There were people before founders. The founders are part of it, sure, but they’re not all of it. It’s bringing the beauty and knowledge and the good traditions and institutions of history into the present to deal with our current issues and problems, but not always dealing with them using government and politics. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
24 October 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – What we need is an alteration in manner of thinking. Manner of thinking today is jingoistic “USA! USA!” as opposed to localistic. I don’t want to say republican or individualistic because individualism is also part of what’s rotten at the core of society today. Daniel Larison has this intriguing post at The American Conservative Magazine last night, “Rejecting Jingoism and Groupthink.” Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
30 July 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - There’s a difference between sincere patriotism and nationalism. I’ll take a stab at it and I will channel Claes Ryn to do so. This is just a brilliant little eight-paragraph essay on Patriotism, Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism. This is from Professor Ryn's book The New Jacobinism, which you can find a link to on Amazon on this page, here's an excerpt of what he wrote... Check out the rest of the transcript for the rest...
20 May 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Constitutionalists are raised, structured, socialized, you could say institutionalized to be constitutionalists. This does not happen much any longer, which is why our United States Constitution can be as seemingly useless and not referred to or deferred to as you would like to see it or as it once was. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
20 May 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Video and Audio - There was an America and an American people long before the Founding, long before the writing and ratifying of the Constitution. But don't tell the Decepticons, or New Jacobins as Claes Ryn calls them, because they will tell you that American Exceptionalism was born in 1776... but it's just not true. There was over a century of American tradition before 1776, and British tradition well before that. So why do the modern day Decepticons believe that American Tradition started in 1776? Because that's when the narrative started, it's a touchstone, and we somehow created a new way of thinking out of nowhere. But the events in North America of the previous 100 years have a huge influence on 1776. For more be sure and check out today's Founders TV and sign up for a Founders Pass if you haven't already.
16 May 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – If you really want a solution, if you’re really looking for a radical way to deal with this latest scandal, instead of screaming and hollering at Obama and the IRS, which you’re going to do anyway. You’re always going to protest mightily against a tax collection agency. If you really want something to sink your teeth into, ask the question of why. Why was all this necessary? Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
16 May 2013
Mandeville, LA - Mike Church's daily Pile of Prep, chock full of the IRS, Tea Party tyranny plus other [r]epublican stories used to perform the Mike Church Show on Sirius/XM Patriot channel 125. "The word 'empire' does not yet have the right ring in American ears, so the new Jacobins try not to appear too grasping. But even when feigning modesty the will to dominate has difficulty keeping up appearances – as when Ben Wattenberg said, no, no, no, we Americans do not want to 'conquer the world.' We only wish to ensure that 'the world is hospitable to our values.' The arguments for bold American assertiveness are familiar: We live in a dangerous world full of odious political regimes. Terrorism is a serious threat to America and its allies. America must, as the world’s only superpower, play a leading role in the world. But why keep repeating the obvious? Yes, the world is dangerous; it always was, more or less. Like other countries, America must be prepared to defend itself and its legitimate interests – of course – and as a superpower she will indeed have to carry a heavier burden than other countries. It does not follow that America must impose its will on the rest of the world." - Claes Ryn, previewing "The New Jacobins", 05 May, 2004
26 March 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – We always think of things in terms of politics. Everything is political, especially when you are doing talk radio. You’re supposed to be all political all the time. There’s no room for the philosophical. There’s no room for the intellectual. By the by, the intellectual is separable from the political. The two are not joined at the hip. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
23 October 2012
26 September 2012
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - Claes Ryn is a professor of history at Catholic University in D.C. He’s been on the show before. He is well versed in American history, brilliant man when it comes to the intellectual basis of what we call conservatism, and there is an intellectual basis for it, although these days it’s difficult to find, but it is out there. At one point in time, it was this intelligence and this intellectual discourse that provided the backstop and the brake to progressivism, which you call today liberalism. Today, in its current incarnation, it amounts to a bunch of fake patriotic jingoism. Jingoism just means somebody says, “Yeah, we ought to do that. Groupthink is great.” Groupthink is never good. It is never good to surrender individual critical thinking to the group. You must always think critically and intellectually. Those that didn’t think intellectually back two centuries ago were the French and in their little revolutions. How’d that work out for them? France is still a basket case of economic misery and political socialism, still, even after we supposedly liberated it from Hitler and from the Nazis. What the hell happened?