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29 November 2013
Mandeville, LA - Name the week of the year on a calendar and there is a good chance that Mike Church has brought up a man who inspired our founding fathers, David Hume and his "The Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth", on his Sirius/XM radio show or Founders TV show. Hume was an inspirational figure during the founding era and is well known to have inspired James Madison's views on the Constitution. Hume understood the concept of "human scale theory" as it applies to the size of political bodies and in this essay explains why that scale matters and how a [r]epublican system of government can remain in scale while insuring the liberty, safety and happiness of the people.
19 November 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – There’s a new book out called Politics on a Human Scale: The American Tradition of Decentralism. It’s published by Lexington Books. Dr. Jeff Taylor is the author. I read part of this essay to you last week and I’ve referred to it a couple other times last week. Dr. Taylor is on the Dude Maker Hotline, making his first visit here. Dr. Jeff Taylor, welcome to the program, sir. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
07 November 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Getting a sampling of what you people are thinking and talking about today, many of you are pointing out that you’ve tried to Google search to get some news, view some news from the secession initiatives in Colorado yesterday and you can’t find it. I had the same problem. I had to change and alter my search a couple of times this morning before I was able to get anything. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
26 July 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript –If we had one representative for every 30,000 souls, which was the vision of the framers and was honored all the way up until the 1910 census, if you have one representative for every 30,000 souls in the United States, you would have approximately, I believe the number is around 8,700 members of the House of Representin’. Now, where are 8,700 members of Congress going to meet? Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
10 June 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Another thing no the same subject, why do we always think of things in terms of large, ginormous scales? I have a friend that asked me two weeks ago, almost to the day: Mike, why don’t we think in terms of American secession and American independence and American republicanism, why do we think of it in terms of cities, in terms of towns or counties? There are some pretty prosperous and very well-regarded and respected, very small republics out there, like San Marino, like Luxembourg. I believe Monaco is its own little self-governing fiefdom. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
15 May 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – The only way that I know of that you can, in a foolproof manner, remove the impediment is to create the conditions under which people are ready to separate from the impediment. Separation is the ultimate end of the impediment. A separation from that leviathan guarantees, unless they decide to declare war on you a la Lincoln, that you then have to actually practice the ancient and lost art of self-government. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
22 January 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - What would Jefferson then say about how we’re so far out of scale today? What we mean by scale is you can’t have representation when your representative represents 709,000 people. That’s just a pipedream. What would Jefferson and company then do if they were going to try and arrest this evil that we all seem possessed of? My wager is that they would look towards establishing a much smaller, more representative government under which to live. Check out today's transcript for the rest...
22 January 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - In the 32 years that intervened, has anything that Reagan was warning about back in 1981, has any of it been mitigated? Has it been solved? Has it been healed? Has it been fixed? Has it been repaired? Do we spend less than we take in? Have we gotten our house in order? As individuals, do we have our houses in order? The answer is no. Check out today's transcript for the rest...
14 January 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - We were told on November 7th or 8th when these petitions first hit the WhiteHouse.gov website, that these were just temper tantrums from sore losers who would move on. The White House posted the little response that these people would move on, that the knuckle-dragging Neanderthals that had asked about secession would crawl back in their caves and we’d nevermore hear about this silliness because we all know that Lincoln settled this back in 1865. We all know that we’re all prisoners here and we can never escape North America Island. We’re all one joined at the hip. Because we’ve all paid into Social Security, none of us can ever get out. Check out today's transcript for the rest...
24 December 2012
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - Here's a quote from Prof. Livingston about the legality of secession, be sure and check out the rest of the interview in today's transcript, "What happens with secession in America, if it’s constitutionally done, a state, being a sovereign political society, has a convention of its people and they vote an ordinance of secession to withdraw the compact with the United States and to secede. Of course, if they do that, then they have to deal with their share of the public debt and other obligations they incurred in the union. Once they’ve done that, they’ve seceded. The Supreme Court has no say over this. After all, they’re an independent country. Whatever the Supreme Court says, if you secede and are a different country, you don’t have to recognize it."
14 December 2012
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - Here's a quote from the second part of Mike's interview with Kirpatrick Sale on Human Scale, be sure and check out the transcript for the rest, "The idea of human scale not just for architecture where it had played its part before, but for all our institutions, our corporations, our governments, our societies, our communities, there is a human scale at which everything works. When you go beyond that, it doesn’t work. Obviously at 300-plus million people, you can’t have a country that works. That’s exactly what we’re seeing. That’s why I’ve been in favor of secession for the last eight years and why I started my Middlebury Institute to study this question of secession, to see if we might not be able to start thinking that way so we can reduce the size of government."
13 December 2012
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - Here's a quote from Mike's interview with Kirkpatrick Sale, for the rest be sure and check out today's transcript, "The purpose of [the Emancipation Proclamation] was to destroy the Southern economy. The idea was that the slaves would rise up on the plantations and take over the plantations so that foodstuff couldn’t go to the Confederate Army, and maybe they would even start to kill here and there on the plantations, and that would bring the soldiers back home to defend their wives and children. That was the idea of the Emancipation Proclamation. Of course, it didn’t achieve what it intended to do. All it served to do at the time was to give the North and the army of the North a cause that they didn’t have before, a kind of John Brown cause of freedom, liberty for the blacks that they had not had before. Before, they had just been fighting to preserve the union, and that didn’t animate the army the way the idea of freedom animated it. The battle cry of freedom became their battle cry."