Civilian-Military Relations from the Founding to Today
The American Idea
by Ashbrook Center
1d ago
Jeff discusses the unique history of American civilian-military relations with Miles Smith IV of Hillsdale College in today's episode.Suspicious of standing armies, but cognizant of the need for military power, the Founders were emphatic about civilian supremacy over the military - especially senior officers. From George Washington's handling of the Newburgh Conspiracy to Lincoln's relations with his generals, to the Cold War and Ike's concerns about the "military-industrial complex," we trace the evolution of ideas and norms in government and our culture from the Founding to today in this fas ..read more
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Not Getting What We're Paying For: U.S. Healthcare Policy
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by Ashbrook Center
1w ago
Jeff discusses the evolution of the U.S. healthcare system since the late 19th Century with Dr. Lauren Hall of the Rochester Institute of Technology. At issue are the surprising, and disheartening, unintended consequences of changes in technology and policy that have yielded the high-cost, low-efficiency and in some ways even lower-effectiveness "system" Americans face today. Host: Jeff Sikkenga Executive Producer: Greg McBrayer Producer: Jeremy Gypton Subscribe: https://linktr.ee/theamericanidea ..read more
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U.S. Energy Policy - The Pursuit of Failure
The American Idea
by Ashbrook Center
2w ago
Jeff discusses the history and sad state of U.S. national energy policy with Peter Grossman, Emeritus Professor of Economics. Host: Jeff Sikkenga Executive Producer: Greg McBrayer Producer: Jeremy Gypton Subscribe: https://linktr.ee/theamericanidea ..read more
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The Chevron Doctrine: What is it and How Does it Challenge Our Constitutional System?
The American Idea
by Ashbrook Center
3w ago
Jeff Sikkenga discusses the “Chevron Doctrine” with Mark Chenoweth, Director of the New Civil Liberties Alliance, and how this 1984 Supreme Court decision has led to a runaway federal regulatory regime. They discuss the history of the decision and current challenges to it - including NCLA’s appearance before the Supreme Court to challenge Chevron in January 2024 - as well as its implications for our constitutional system of government. Host: Dr. Jeff Sikkenga Executive Producer: Greg McBrayer Producer: Jeremy Gypton Philip Hamburger’s “Chevron Bias” article: https://www.gwlr.org/wp-conten ..read more
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Political Parties - Not Part of the Plan But There From the Beginning | Documents & Debates
The American Idea
by Ashbrook Center
1M ago
Jeff is joined by Dr. Eric Sands of Berry College to discuss the origins, role, evolution, and impact of political parties in America. This is one of those episodes wherein you learn some history, and your understanding of our current situation becomes more clear. Host: Jeff Sikkenga Executive Producer: Greg McBrayer Producer: Jeremy Gypton Subscribe through your favorite platform: https://linktr.ee/theamericanidea ..read more
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The Hostage Crisis and America's Troubles with Iran | Documents & Debates
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by Ashbrook Center
1M ago
John Moser and Greg Schneider discuss the background to the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979-1981, and America's broader, longer-term problems with Iran. Host: Jeff Sikkenga Executive Producer: Greg McBrayer Producer: Jeremy Gypton Subscribe: https://linktr.ee/theamericanidea ..read more
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Jefferson, Race, and Slavery: A New Perspective
The American Idea
by Ashbrook Center
1M ago
Jeff discusses the complicated ideas and legacy of Thomas Jefferson as they pertain to race and slavery, with Dr. Cara Roger Stevens, author of a new book on the subject. Far more complex than presented in textbooks and conventional histories, Jefferson condemned slavery in some of the harshest language of his times, owned slaves, perhaps fathered children with them, and had a sensibility of race relations that evolved and changed significantly throughout his personal and public life. Relying on primary source documents - public and private - Rogers Stevens uncovers a Jefferson overlooked by m ..read more
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Parental Rights in Education | Contemporary Conversations
The American Idea
by Ashbrook Center
1M ago
Jeff is joined by Dr. Joseph Griffith, Professor of Political Science, to discuss the history, norms, laws, and current and possible future state of parental rights in education in America. Host: Jeff Sikkenga Executive Producer: Greg McBrayer Producer: Jeremy Gypton Subscribe via YouTube or another platform: https://linktr.ee/theamericanidea ..read more
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Core American Ideas: The Electoral College
The American Idea
by Ashbrook Center
2M ago
Jeff discusses the Electoral College - its origins, the rationale behind it, and controversies surrounding it over the years, with Michael Maibach, a noted authority on the topic. They dig deeply into the origins of the system, as created at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, debunk contemporary claims of its connection to slavery, and analyze the current "National Popular Vote" movement, which seeks an end-run around the Constitution to subvert the republican system created at the Founding. If you want to understand the Electoral College and the major arguments for and against it in order ..read more
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American Portraits - Jazz: America's Classical Music
The American Idea
by Ashbrook Center
2M ago
Jeff is joined by David Parker - musician and music educator, philanthropist, and investor - to discuss the origins, meaning, and importance of a uniquely American genre of music: jazz.Host: Jeff SikkengaExecutive Producer: Greg McBrayerProducer: Jeremy GyptonSubscribe through your favorite platform: https://linktr.ee/theamericanidea ..read more
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