The Brian Nichols Show

Political talk that educates, enlightens, and informs.

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The Brian Nichols Show is a political show for anyone and everyone. Whether it's a discussion about climate change, gun rights, abortion, or big issues like discussing the fundamental role of government, Brian Nichols brings on guests from all forms of political thought to have meaningful conversations about the issues you care about.

Every show has one primary goal: to discuss the news objectively to help educate, enlighten, and inform our audience.

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Episodes

  • 36: Economics and Liberty with Steve Horwitz

    September 14th, 2018  |  42 mins 55 secs
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    Today, I am joined by Steve Horwitz! Steve is the Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise in the Department of Economics at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

    Listen as Steve and I discuss a number of economic topics, starting with an in-depth discussion on minimum wage, universal basic income (UBI), automation, and artificial intelligence. Next, we discuss trade in the era of Trump, focusing specifically on the differences between “free-trade” vs “fair-trade” and the dangers of economic nationalism. We conclude today’s episode with a critique of democratic socialism while presenting a realistic libertarian alternative.

    "There's no secret free trader hiding deep in Trump. He is what he appears to be. There is no depth to Donald J. Trump." -Steve Horwitz

    More about Steve: Steve is also an Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center in Arlington, VA, and a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute of Canada. He is the author of three books, including most recently Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions. He has written extensively on Hayek and Austrian economics, monetary theory and history, and American economic history, and is a frequent guest on radio and cable TV programs. Steve also has roots to my home up in Northern New York, having started his career at back in 1989 in St. Lawrence University up in Canton, NY.

    Follow Steve on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steve.horwitz

    Read Steve’s Work: https://www.cato-unbound.org/contributors/steven-horwitz & https://www.libertarianism.org/people/steven-horwitz.

  • 35: Democratic Party NYS Assembly Candidate Keith Rubino

    September 12th, 2018  |  53 mins 46 secs
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    Today, I am joined by Keith Rubino! Keith is the Democratic Party candidate for the 118th Assembly District in Northern New York. He has a degree in communications from SUNY Oswego and he's been employed by A.R.C. Herkimer, Upstate Cerebral Palsy, and currently working at Central New York DSO to care for people with special disabilities.

    Yes, Keith a Democrat… a Bernie Sanders supporting Democrat at that! But that didn’t stop us from having an absolutely phenomenal discussion about the issues that New York State is facing. Listen as we discuss Keith’s support of democratic socialism (and my rebuttal), welfare, universal education, universal healthcare, and the value of putting people over party.

    This episode is the exact reason I started The Brian Nichols Show. Having Keith on allowed us to have an intelligent, respectful conversation despite our differences and actually have an opportunity to find some common ground.

    Learn More about Keith’s Campaign: https://voteforrubino.com/

    Follow Keith on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RubinoforAssembly/

  • 34: The Free State Project and LBRY with Jeremy Kauffman

    September 7th, 2018  |  42 mins 11 secs
    block chain, classical liberal, congress, conservative, constitution, government, house of representatives, libertarian, libertarian party, politics, potus, president, republican, rights, scotus, senate, supreme court, the free state project, voluntary, white house

    Today, I am joined by Jeremy Kauffman! Jeremy is the founder and CEO of LBRY.io and recently joined the Board of Directors of The Free State Project.

    Listen as we start off our discussion by focusing on LBRY.io. LBRY.io is Jeremy’s New Hampshire-based blockchain company that produces and maintains a decentralized content sharing and publishing platform. We also touch on Jeremy’s previous venture, TopScore, which is a startup Jeremy founded that processes millions of dollars monthly in event and activity registrations.

    During the last half of the show, Jeremy and I discuss The Free State Project. The Free State Project is a mass migration of more than 20,000 people who have pledged to move to New Hampshire for liberty. By concentrating their numbers in a single state, their goal is to maximize their impact as activists, entrepreneurs, community builders, and thought leaders.

    Free Staters are neighborly, productive folks from all walks of life, of all ages, creeds, and colors, who are on a mission to prove that more liberty leads to more prosperity for everyone.

    Learn more about The Free State Project: https://www.fsp.org/join
    Learn more about LBRY and LBRY Fund: https://lbry.io & http://lbry.fund/
    Sign up for the NH Liberty Forum (use special discount code NICHOLS10): https://nhlibertyforum.com/

  • 33: Rand Paul Endorses Gary Johnson, Trump Foreign Policy, and the Kurdish Independence Movement with Elias Atienza

    August 31st, 2018  |  37 mins 21 secs
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    On today's episode of The Brian Nichols Show, I am joined by Elias Atienza. Elias is a fourth year history major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, who is an opinion writer for his school newspaper Mustang News. He interned at the Daily Caller News Foundation and YAF's National Journalism Center over the summer where he wrote primarily on politics and foreign policy. His writings have appeared in TheBlaze, Red Alert Politics section of Washington Examiner, Independent Journal Review, Daily Caller, The Libertarian Republic, and others.

    Listen as we discuss the news that Republican Senator Rand Paul broke ranks and endorsed Libertarian senatorial candidate in New Mexico, former Governor Gary Johnson. Later, we discuss Trump's foreign policy thus far in his first-term, and conclude by discussing the Kurdish Independence Movement.

    Follow Elias on Twitter: https://twitter.com/elias_atienza

    Learn more about the Kurdish Independence Movement: https://dailycaller.com/2018/08/17/state-of-kurdish-independence/

  • 32: Republican Liberty Caucus Executive Director Alexander Snitker

    August 24th, 2018  |  42 mins 28 secs
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    On today's episode of The Brian Nichols Show, I'm joined by the Executive Director of the Republican Liberty Caucus, Alexander Snitker!

    Libertarian Party versus the Republican Liberty Caucus... no, it's not a binary decision, but listen as Alex and I discuss the respective roles of the Libertarian Party and the RLC. We also tackle the question as to which organization is better at advancing liberty, the need for the Libertarian Party to take itself seriously, the issues with current LP leadership, and the vision of the RLC going forward, including their partnering with Young American's For Liberty's "Operation Win at the Door" campaign.

    Bio: Alexander Snitker is a United States Marine veteran and was first Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate from the State of Florida in 2010. Alex has served as the Florida regional coordinator for the 2012 Ron Paul campaign and as the State Ground Coordinator for the Adrian Wyllie for Governor 2014 campaign. Alex also was the chairman of the Restore American Liberty PAC, which was specifically created to support Gary Johnson’s 2016 campaign for President. He is also the President of the Liberty First Network, which is a liberty lobbying organization based in Florida that works in Tallahassee on positive liberty legislation and educates the citizens on the political process and how they can individually make an impact.

    Where to find Alex:
    -Website: http://alexandersnitker.com/
    -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexander.snitker
    -Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlexSnitker
    -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexandersnitker/

    Where to Find the RLC:
    -Website: http://rlc.org/
    -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepublicanLibertyCaucus
    -Twitter: https://twitter.com/@RLibertyCaucus
    -LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/republican-liberty-caucus/

  • BONUS: RedState.com's "The Right Side"- Libertarian in a Binary World with Brian Nichols

    August 21st, 2018  |  47 mins 52 secs
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    This episode first appeared on RedState.com's "The Right Side" podcast with Andrea Ruth and Kimberly Ross (http://www.therightside.us/episode-7-libertarian-in-a-binary-world-with-brian-nichols/)

    This week Brian Nichols of The Brian Nichols Show joins Andrea and Kim to discuss the many facets of libertarianism, including the growing number of pro-lifers among their ranks. Follow Brian on Twitter @BNicholsLiberty.

  • 31: What on Earth is the LNC Doing? with LNC Vice Chair Alex Merced

    August 17th, 2018  |  47 mins 4 secs
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    On today’s Episode of The Brian Nichols Show, I’m joined by the Vice Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, Alex Merced!

    God bless Alex for coming on my show after the past few days of controversy coming from LP National. Listen as Alex and I have a respectful, yet intense back-and-forth as we discussed the messaging coming from LP National about Austin Petersen and his candidacy for the GOP nomination in the Missouri GOP primary, the leadership and messaging coming from LP National leadership (especially from the Chairman, Nicholas Sarwark), and what the role of the LP will be going forward in our electoral and political discourse.

    Bio: Alex Merced is the Vice Chair Libertarian National Committee, replacing former Vice Chair, Arvin Vohra at this year’s Libertarian National Convention. Alex is an American author, blogger, marketing consultant, financial industry corporate trainer and Libertarian pundit. Alex is the host of his show, “The Alex Merced Cast” where he discusses Libertarian ideas such as individual liberty and free markets. Alex Merced is also the founder of online commentary website, LibertarianWingMedia.com. He has previously ran for Public Advocate of New York City in 2013, Senator of New York in 2016, and for NYC Comptroller in 2017. He is also the Senior Policy Adviser for the Larry Sharpe for New York Campaign.

    Alex Merced Social Links:
    Website: AlexMerced.com
    Facebook: facebook.com/AlexMercedforLNC
    Twitter: @AlexMerced
    Instagram: instagram.com/AlexMerced

  • 30: 71 Republic & New Media with Matt Geiger

    August 16th, 2018  |  30 mins 15 secs
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    On today's episode of The Brian Nichols Show, I am joined by founder and CEO of the 71 Republic, Matt Geiger!

    71 Republic is one of the fastest-growing independent political news organizations in the country. Launched in June of 2017, 71 Republic features many different voices that span the political spectrum. Their work has been shared by Jordan Peterson, Glenn Beck, John McAfee, Austin Petersen, Silvio Schembri, and Lew Rockwell, amongst others.

    Today, 71 Republic publishes content from dozens of writers across the world and cover a diverse range of content, including political debates, breaking news, candidate interviews, cryptocurrency, economics, third-party news, and more. Their work seeks to disrupt the corporate media, allowing for independent reporting and honest, factual opinions to become mainstream once again.

    71 Republic's staff is comprised almost entirely of the "next generation", with most of their writers aged between 13 and 21. The youth of the company provides a unique insight and intuition into today’s most pressing issues not displayed in mainstream media.

    You can find 71 Republic over at 71republic.com.

  • 29: Collectivism in America with Jeffrey A Tucker

    August 10th, 2018  |  50 mins 9 secs
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    On today's episode of The Brian Nichols Show, I am joined by the Editorial Director at the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), Jeffrey A. Tucker!

    This thought provoking episode covers all the bases, as we discuss the rise of collectivism from the left and the right, Jordan Peterson and his role in advocating individualism and being an "Alt-right killer through education", the dynamic between immigration and the welfare state, Trump's economic nationalism, and predictions for 2024.

    Follow Jeffrey Tucker on Twitter: @jeffreyatucker

    Jeffrey Tucker is a former Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education, Editorial Director at the American Institute for Economic Research, columnist at Forbes, a managing partner of Vellum Capital, the founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, economics adviser to FreeSociety.com, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, advisor to the blockchain application builder Factom, and author of five books, most recently Right-Wing Collectivism: The Other Threat to Liberty. He has written 150 introductions to books and more than ten thousand articles appearing in the scholarly and popular press.

  • 28: Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty with Hannah Cox

    August 7th, 2018  |  35 mins 17 secs
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    On today's episode of The Brian Nichols Show, I am joined by the National Manager of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, Hannah Cox!

    Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty (CCATDP) is a nationwide group of conservatives questioning whether capital punishment is consistent with conservative principles and values due to the system’s inefficiency, inequity, and inaccuracy.

    Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty is a project of Equal Justice USA, a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization working to transform the justice system by promoting responses to violence that break cycles of trauma.

    “Conservative Republicans and Libertarians are increasingly looking at the facts and deciding that the death penalty must be ended,” says Hannah. "This is especially true for younger voters on the right who are often leading the way on criminal justice reform as we become increasingly aware of the risks of executing innocent people and the opportunity costs involved with this wasteful system.”

    To learn more about CCATDP, go to www.conservativesconcerned.org.
    Follow Hannah on Twitter: @HannahCox7

  • 27: Caleb Franz & MilLiberty

    August 3rd, 2018  |  43 mins
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    On today's episode of The Brian Nichols Show, I am joined by the host of MilLiberty and founder and executive director of The MilLiberty Initiative, Caleb Franz!

    Listen in for a fun-filled episode discussing his show, his new liberty-based non-profit, and more!

    Follow Caleb on Twitter: @CalebFranz & @MilLiberty
    Follow Caleb's non-profit : facebook.com/MilLibertyInitiative

  • 26: US Congressional Candidate Charles Hargrove

    July 27th, 2018  |  52 mins 33 secs
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    On this episode of The Brian Nichols Show, I'm joined by Libertarian Congressional Candidate Charles Hargrove, who is running for the 11th congressional district in New York.

    Listen as we discuss his candidacy, his experience as a radio communications leader, and the changing media landscape.

    You can learn more about Hargrove's campaign at http://hargroveforcongress.us/index.html.

    Follow Hargrove on Twitter: @CJHargrove_SI

  • 25: Michael Johns

    July 20th, 2018  |  46 mins 53 secs
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    On today's episode of The Brian Nichols Show, I'm joined by conservative commentator, policy analyst and writer at the Heritage Foundation, former speechwriter for President George H. W. Bush, and National Tea Party movement co-founder and leader, Michael Johns!

    Johns, a conservative Republican leader and strong supporter of President Donald Trump, views the Tea Party movement and the election of Trump as a truly redefining moment in American politics and in the Republican Party. Listen as we discuss the founding of the Tea Party, the rise of Donald Trump, Johns' role as a leading voice in support of President Trump, taxes, tariffs, and more!

    Follow Michael Johns on Twitter: @michaeljohns

  • A Movement for Liberty with Brian Nichols- from "Bills" with Luke Scorziell

    July 13th, 2018  |  1 hr 34 mins
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    This interview first appeared on "Bills" with Luke Scorziell found at https://theedgeofideas.com/2018/07/11/ep-39-movement-brian-nichols-libertarian/

    2016 changed how the world viewed politics. This change gave prominence to the libertarian, limited-government ideology. Brian Nichols is an adamant supporter of libertarianism and the philosophy of “Don’t hurt people. Don’t take people’s stuff.” We sort through the Republican Party’s flaws, the dangers of big government, and the importance of personal responsibility.

  • 24: Interview with NYS Assembly Candidate Philip Paige

    June 29th, 2018  |  39 mins 53 secs

    On today's episode of The Brian Nichols Show, I'm joined by former St. Lawrence County Deputy County Administrator and current candidate for the 188th Assembly District in New York State- Philip Paige!

    Listen as we discuss Philip's experience across the campaign trail, the importance of being a genuine candidate based on principles, and his platform as a libertarian-Republican seeking the Republican nomination.

    You can follow Philip at: https://facebook.com/paigeforassembly/

  • 23: "The Libertarian-in-Chief", Todd Hagopian

    June 26th, 2018  |  34 mins 58 secs

    ​ On today's episode of The Brian Nichols Show (BONUS EPISODE!), I am joined by the "Libertarian-in-Chief", Todd Hagopian! Todd is a libertarian activist, successful businessman, and has made it his goal to end the liberal fiscal policies of both major parties.

    Listen as we discuss the Libertarian Party, the greater libertarian movement, and the dig into the upcoming 2020 presidential election and who should lead the LP as the nominee.