Episode Archive

219 episodes of The Brian Nichols Show since the first episode, which aired on December 31st, 2017.

  • 173: Finding Common Ground -with Jenessa Fenton

    December 16th, 2020  |  43 mins 52 secs
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    One of the main focuses here at The Brian Nichols Show has been to show how to #SellLiberty. But selling requires us to meet people where they're at by asking questions, learning what they're main concerns are, and showing we have the solutions to their problems.

    Today, we put that into action, as Jenessa Fenton, family friend and politically left-leaning independent joins the program to find where areas of common ground, but to also look for areas where libertarians can serve as those problem solvers.

  • 172: America's Future -with Cindy Cerquitella

    December 14th, 2020  |  42 mins 40 secs
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    America’s Future empowers young people to be active, civil, and curious citizens who build freer communities that lead to fulfillment, dignity, and happiness for all.

    Joining The Brian Nichols Show today is Cindy Cerquitella, Executive Director of America's Future, who joins the program to outline the brand new rebranding of America's Future and the value America's Future brings in helping building lasting trust within their respective communities.

  • 171: How Canceling Student Loan Debt is a Regressive Nightmare-with Brad Polumbo

    December 11th, 2020  |  40 mins 49 secs
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    With the impending Biden/Harris administration, the idea of "cancelling" student loan debt has grown from a mere concept to a tangible possibility in the immediate future.

    While the prospects of cancelling student loan debt sounds appealing (especially to those with tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loan debt), Brad Polumbo (FEE) returns to the program to explain how that policy prescription isn't just a bad idea, but actually ends up being an incredibly regressive policy.

  • 170: A Never-Trump Conservative's Report Card Grade for Trump -with John Ziegler

    December 9th, 2020  |  40 mins 58 secs
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    In 2016, a large faction of "Never Trump" conservatives split from the GOP in opposition to Donald Trump and his overtly non-conservative bona fides. Among them was John Ziegler, Senior Columnist at Mediate and longtime conservative media personality.

    Today, John joins the show four years after the initial election of President Trump to give a true look back at the Trump presidency and to give it a grade from the lens of a Never-Trump conservative.

  • 169: Fusion Capitalism - A Clean Energy Vision for Conservatives with Steve Melink

    December 7th, 2020  |  45 mins 17 secs
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    Should the government tax carbon to deal with the "impending climate crisis"?

    Today's guest, CEO of Melink Corporation and author of "Fusion Capitalism - A Clean Energy Vision for Conservatives", Steve Melink, thinks the answer to that question is an emphatic, "Yes.".

  • 168: Young Americans For Liberty Shows How Liberty Can Win -with Cliff Maloney

    December 4th, 2020  |  38 mins 4 secs
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    Getting pro-liberty elected officials into office has always been one of the biggest challenges that the liberty movement has had to face. Cliff Maloney and his group of liberty warriors at Young Americans For Liberty, however, have seemingly cracked the code.

    With the wins continuing to tally up, Cliff outlines the blueprint YAL has been following that has yielded such incredible results.

  • 167: How Psychedelics Are Changing Healthcare -with Gaurav Dubey from Microdose.buzz

    December 2nd, 2020  |  42 mins 44 secs
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    "Psychedelics!? Far out, dude! Wanna take a trip to Funkytown?"

    Okay, that's probably the split-second thought you had when reading the word "psychedelics", but let's be real... how much do you actually know about psychedelics?

    Joining the show today is the Content Director from Microdose.buzz, Gaurav Dubey, who joins the show to not only dispel the stigmas surrounding psychedelics, but also speaks to the very real impact psychedelics are having in our mental health sectors.

  • 166: Selling Libertarianism [Brian Nichols on Taxation is Theft Podcast with Dan Behrman]]

    November 30th, 2020  |  1 hr 21 mins
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    How do we #SellLiberty? That's the question we've been answering here on The Brian Nichols Show, and it's the question I was asked when I joined Dan "Taxation is Theft" Behrman on his aptly named podcast, "Taxation is Theft".

    Selling the ideas of libertarianism is easy, so long as we're applying the ideas of libertarianism to the problems the "consumer" has identified.

    Listen as we dig into all that, and more, on today's special episode!

  • 165: STAR WARS EXTRAVAGANZA (Politics and Star Wars) -with Stephen Kent

    November 27th, 2020  |  47 mins 42 secs
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    "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause...".

    I bet you've heard that phrase used when discussing politics, right? Well, like many other examples, it is just one parallel between the world of "Earthly politics" and the world of "Star Wars politics".

    Joining the show to help outline just how much our world and the Star Wars world share is host of "Beltway Banthas" and political commentator Stephen Kent!

  • BONUS: Thankful For Liberty- a Conversation with Joshua Smith

    November 26th, 2020  |  49 mins 22 secs
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    From "debate" to "conversation", this special Thanksgiving episode went through several iterations prior to airing, as one of the original participants was having technical issues...

    What transpired was a fantastic conversation between yours truly and former LP Chair candidate Joshua Smith on the merits of the LP and the merits for liberty this Thanksgiving season.

  • 164: Building Coalitions with the GOP? -with Camellia Petersion

    November 25th, 2020  |  42 mins 50 secs
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    What's the best way to enact libertarian policy? Is it via the LP, or the GOP? While today's guest is formerly of the GOP, she still sees the value in using the GOP to help advance liberty policy where possible.

    Camellia Peterson, Editor-in-Chief of The Libertarian Republic, joins the program to outline why she believes the Libertarian Party is the party of the future for advancing liberty, but while she she's merit in building coalitions with the GOP where we can.

  • 163: Michael Heise and the Libertarian Mises Caucus

    November 23rd, 2020  |  43 mins 52 secs
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    What's the role of the Libertarian Party? That's the age-old question that has been debated for decades within LP circles... Instead of debating, today's guest decided to be the change he wanted to see in the party...

    Michael Heise joins the program to outline why he started the Mises Caucus/Mises PAC, the goals of the caucus, and their plans as we head towards 2022.

  • 162: Larry Sharpe on Activism vs. Running For Office

    November 20th, 2020  |  45 mins 21 secs
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    In the greater liberty movement, you'll find more often than not that our candidates running for office are also our most vocal activists. But is that the best way to approach running for office?

    Larry Sharpe returns to the program to help outline how both candidates and activists are needed in the great liberty movement, and how each serve very different/unique roles in the greater scheme of things.

  • 161: Victories for Liberty in 2020 -with Hannah Cox

    November 18th, 2020  |  40 mins 55 secs
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    Believe it or not, but we actually had some significant wins for liberty during this 2020 election cycle, ranging from criminal justice reform, economic liberties, and more!

    Hannah Cox returns to The Brian Nichols Show to outline specific instances where liberty policy was victorious this 2020 election.

  • 160: Libertarian Party Chair Candidate Angela McArdle

    November 16th, 2020  |  35 mins 29 secs
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    How do libertarians get libertarian policy into action? It's the age old question, leaving many Libertarians and libertarians at odds in terms of tactics.

    Angela McArdle returns to The Brian Nichols Show to make her pitch as to how Libertarians can run (and, more importantly, win!) elections, and what her focus as LP chair would be.

  • 159: Trust in a Polarized Age -with Professor Kevin Vallier

    November 13th, 2020  |  50 mins 36 secs
    classical liberal, congress, conservative, constitution, election 2020, government, house of representatives, libertarian, libertarian party, politics, potus, president, republican, rights, scotus, senate, supreme court, trust, trust in a polarized age, voluntary, white house

    Americans today don’t trust each other and their institutions as much as they once did. The collapse of social and political trust has arguably fueled our increasingly ferocious ideological conflicts and hardened partisanship. But is today’s decline in trust inevitable or avoidable? Are we caught in a downward spiral that must end in institutional decay or even civil war, or can we restore trust through our shared social institutions?

    Associate Professor of Philosophy Kevin Vallier joins the show to discuss all that (and more), as he promotes his new book, "Trust in a Polarized Age" on today's episode of The Brian Nichols Show!