How the fundamental principle of American government was transformed from liberty to democracy
This Sunday, 8–9am PACIFIC, find out what students are really being taught in humanities and social science departments today. Is postmodernism really the pernicious, nihilistic doctrine that Jordan Peterson claims it to be? Before you answer, be sure to tune into Bob’s interview with Thaddeus Russell, and call in with your thoughts to (424) BOB-SHOW.Read More
Constitutional Orthodoxy (n.) — adhering to the codified processes that were established within the Constitution as defined by the States (founders) during the ratification process. Consequently, the founders dictated and enumerated the limitations and scope of the general government as a delegated entity within the Hybrid Constitutional Republic. Returning to Constitutional Orthodoxy is the only course that will preserve the Constitution, Individual Liberty, and the Republic.Read More
Andrew M. Schocket, Professor of History and American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University, wants his students and readers to think more clearly about our collective “memory” of the American Revolution. In *Fighting Over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution,* Schocket compresses thousands of political speeches, as well as films, museum exhibits, re-enactments and “originalist” movements, in a single, readable volume, in which he teases out the most common portrayals of our country’s critical founding period. His computer-aided research techniques have given him a high-altitude view of history, from which he sees two main competing visions – each with ideological consequences. Can you guess which party’s candidates are more likely to use the phrase “A More Perfect Union” in campaign speeches? Or, alternatively, which party refers to the “Founder Fathers” more often? Schocket's history lesson is a reminder of the importance of stories and memory in passing the ideals of liberty on to the next generation.
PBS kids’ show, Liberty’s Kids
This Fourth of July, as we reflect on our country's origins, some may be tempted to look upon the Founding Fathers with a reverence otherwise reserved for saints or the founders of great religions. Past generations erected the “Washington” Monument in “Washington” D.C. to honor and symbolize the resoluteness of the man as both a leading general in the Revolutionary War and our nation's first President. Likewise, the immortal words of the Declaration of Independence – the rallying cry of the American Revolution – are inscribed on the walls of the Jefferson Memorial in honor of the man who penned them. However, these mythologies are incomplete according to Thomas Fleming, a historian and novelist who has picked apart the American Revolution from more than a few angles. His latest book, *The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson that Defined a Nation*, cuts through the typical "airbrushing" of historical founding figures to reveal the political treachery that truly characterized the era. Fleming joins Bob for a special Fourth (Fifth) of July episode.
According to the mission statement of teaparty.org, “It was the brave souls of the men and women in 1773, known today as the Boston Tea Party, who dared to defy the greatest military might on earth. We are the beneficiaries of their courage.” What rubbish. How can we expect young Americans to embrace the values of our founders if they are taught a fabricated account of the seminal moments in Revolutionary history? In regards to this matter, our classrooms do not teach – they indoctrinate! And there is no better example than our understanding of the Boston Tea Party. Sam Adams and his gang of lawless thugs terrorized Boston, vandalized private property and tortured citizens who broke no laws. While the movement they initiated resulted in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, their means were abhorrent. Before Michelle Bachmann, Paul Ryan and others embraced the Tea Party as their embodiment, they should have learned about the background of the real Tea Party, and you should too. In this episode, Bob is joined by leading American historian, educator, journalist and broadcaster Harlow Giles Unger who has just written “American Tempest – How The Boston Tea Party Sparked a Revolution.” Enough with the “fiscal cliff.” Bob also discusses recent events from a purely Libertarian perspective.
The current budget/deficit/spending fight among the President, the House and the Senate is setting the stage for the election of 2012. The Jefferson/Adams election contest of 1800 affected the size and reach of the federal government. 2012 will be a rerun, but the stakes are even higher. What is the current battle really all about? Money? Yes, but only to a point. Please join Bob Zadek and Libertarian economics professor and prolific blogger, as well as frequent media guest Don Boudreaux in this episode, when the answer to the key question is demystified. “Do we look to Modern Europe Government for guidance, or to the Enlightenment? Sarkozy or Locke?”
This Sunday, Bob will interview author Jack Rakove about his bestselling book “Revolutionaries.” Rakove, a Professor of history, American studies and political science at This Sunday, Bob will interview author Jack Rakove about his bestselling book “Revolutionaries.” Rakove, a Professor of history, American studies and political science at Stanford University, will discuss how the principles and ideas of the founding founders were so advanced that they are still relevant in this day and age. They will also discuss the contributions of each founding father from famous founder John Adams to lesser known founder John Jay and the ways in which they shaped this great country together.