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Dr. Thomas Krannawitter discusses the human condition, the pursuit of human happiness, and the choices human beings make through deep studies of history, philosophy, and economics.

Thank you Dr. Krannawitter for sharing your Podcasts with the Freedom Vs Force Network. You can view more from Dr. Thomas Krannawitter at www.speakeasyideas.com 

United States CONSTITUTION Part One

Dr. Thomas Krannawitter discusses the overarching purpose and several design features of the United States Constitution. This is Part 1 of a two-part podcast series on the Constitution.

For the websites and resources referenced in this podcast, follow the links below:

united states constitution Part two

 

Part 2 continues and concludes the analysis of the U.S. Constitution.

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The Declaration of Independence, Part 1

Hear part one of Dr. Thomas Krannawitter’s discussion on one of the most important documents in American history.

What do all Americans of all political stripes have in common? Answer: The common good. And what is required to promote the common good? Answer: Securing the equal, individual, natural rights of all Americans. The ideas that lead to prosperity and the free pursuit of happiness are nowhere more beautifully articulated than in the Declaration of Independence.

See these 7 downloadable Quick Notes Flashcards for an at-a-glance summary of some of the essential ideas within the Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration of Independence, Part 2

Hear part two of Dr. Thomas Krannawitter’s discussion on one of the most important documents in American history.

What do all Americans of all political stripes have in common? Answer: The common good. And what is required to promote the common good? Answer: Securing the equal, individual, natural rights of all Americans. The ideas that lead to prosperity and the free pursuit of happiness are nowhere more beautifully articulated than in the Declaration of Independence.

See these 7 downloadable Quick Notes Flashcards for an at-a-glance summary of some of the essential ideas within the Declaration of Independence.


Property, Property Rights, and Prosperity

The right to property is the fundamental natural right of every human being, because every person by nature owns his own life, body, and mind. When protected by law, the right to keep whatever one invents or produces leads to tremendous prosperity, and solves the problem of poverty. No one figured this out and enshrined it in public policy prior to the American Revolution. This is why America quickly went from a nation of poor subsistence farmers to the most wealthy, powerful, prosperous nation on Earth.


The Problem of Slavery in the American Founding

Slavery is old.

In 1776, it was a global institution. No country prior to the American Founding had figured out how to end it. But the Americans, by the light of the ideas that fueled their own revolution, came to see the wrongness of slavery and went to extraordinary lengths to end it, at great costs in money, blood, and sacrifice. No subject better reveals the goodness of America than the story of slavery.


Religion and Religious Liberty in the American Founding

The problem of religious persecution in Europe — countless millions slaughtered or tortured in the name of religious righteousness — was the backdrop of the American Founding. The Americans tackled this problem head-on and solved it by establishing the first regime of genuine religious liberty. In America, a person’s civil rights and protection by the laws would in no way depend on his or her religious views.

Brilliant!


The Federalist Papers, Part 1

This is the first in a podcast series on The Federalist Papers, with Dr. Thomas Krannawitter as your guide.

Dr. Krannawitter has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on The Federalist Papers at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University, among other places. It’s one of his favorite topics. We hope it becomes one of yours, too.

This link will take you to an online, digital version of The Federalist Papers.

To purchase the edition referenced in all Speakeasy podcasts on The Federalist Paperscheck out here.

The Federalist Papers, Part 2

This is the second podcast in a series on The Federalist Papers, with Dr. Thomas Krannawitter as your guide through the text. This podcast continues the overview and background of the book and then covers Hamilton’s oft-forgotten original Preface as well as Federalist #1.

Dr. Krannawitter has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on The Federalist Papers at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University, among other places. It’s one of his favorite topics. We hope it becomes one of yours, too.

This link will take you to an online digital version of The Federalist Papers.

To purchase the Kesler/Rossiter edition referenced in all Speakeasy podcasts on The Federalist Papersclick here.

The Federalist Papers, Part 3

This is the third podcast in a series on The Federalist Papers, with Dr. Thomas Krannawitter as your guide through the text. This podcast focuses on the first section, which stretches from #2 to #14, of Volume 1.

Dr. Krannawitter has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on The Federalist Papers at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University, among other places. It’s one of his favorite topics. We hope it becomes one of yours, too.

This link will take you to an online digital version of The Federalist Papers.

To purchase the Kesler/Rossiter edition referenced in all Speakeasy podcasts on The Federalist Papersclick here.

The Federalist Papers, Part 4

This is the fourth podcast in a series on The Federalist Papers, with Dr. Thomas Krannawitter as your guide through the text. This podcast summarizes Volume 1, which consists of Federalist #1 through #36, and introduces Volume 2, beginning with Federalist #37.

Dr. Krannawitter has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on The Federalist Papers at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University, among other places. It’s one of his favorite topics. We hope it becomes one of yours, too.

This link will take you to an online digital version of The Federalist Papers.

To purchase the Kesler/Rossiter edition referenced in all Speakeasy podcasts on The Federalist Papersclick here.

The Federalist Papers, Part 5

This is the fifth podcast in a series on The Federalist Papers, with Dr. Thomas Krannawitter as your guide through the text. This podcast introduces the thematic idea “Separation of Powers” and focuses on a textual analysis of Federalist #45.

The “Separation of Powers” was the subject of one of Dr. Krannawitter’s earliest published academic studies, which can be found here. The essay begins on page 45, to which you might need to click or scroll.

Dr. Krannawitter has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on The Federalist Papers at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University, among other places. It’s one of his favorite topics. We hope it becomes one of yours, too.

This link will take you to an online digital version of The Federalist Papers.

To purchase the Kesler/Rossiter edition referenced in all Speakeasy podcasts on The Federalist Papersclick here.

The Federalist Papers, Part 6

http://speakeasyideas.com/federalist-papers-part-6/This is the sixth podcast in a series on The Federalist Papers, with Dr. Thomas Krannawitter as your guide through the text. This podcast continues the thematic idea “Separation of Powers” and focuses on an analysis of Federalist #47-49.

The “Separation of Powers” was the subject of one of Dr. Krannawitter’s earliest published academic studies, which can be found here. The essay begins on page 45, to which you might need to click or scroll.

Dr. Krannawitter has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on The Federalist Papers at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University, among other places. It’s one of his favorite topics. We hope it becomes one of yours, too.

This link will take you to an online digital version of The Federalist Papers.

To purchase the Kesler/Rossiter edition referenced in all Speakeasy podcasts on The Federalist Papersclick here.

The Federalist Papers, Part 7

This is the seventh podcast in a series on The Federalist Papers, with Dr. Thomas Krannawitter as your guide through the text. This podcast connects the thematic idea “Separation of Powers” with the argument for judicial review in Federalist #78.

Dr. Krannawitter has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on The Federalist Papers at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University, among other places. It’s one of his favorite topics. We hope it becomes one of yours, too.

This link will take you to an online digital version of The Federalist Papers.

To purchase the Kesler/Rossiter edition referenced in all Speakeasy podcasts on The Federalist Papers, click here.To purchase the Kesler/Rossiter edition referenced in all Speakeasy podcasts on The Federalist Papersclick here.

The Federalist Papers, Part 8

This is the eighth podcast in a series on The Federalist Papers, with Dr. Thomas Krannawitter as your guide through the text. This podcast focuses on the curious argument regarding slavery, in the context of a discussion of the House of Representatives, found in Federalist #54.

Dr. Krannawitter has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on The Federalist Papers at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University, among other places. It’s one of his favorite topics. We hope it becomes one of yours, too.

This link will take you to an online digital version of The Federalist Papers.

To purchase the Kesler/Rossiter edition referenced in all Speakeasy podcasts on The Federalist Papersclick here.

The Federalist Papers, Part 9

This is the ninth podcast in a series on The Federalist Papers, with Dr. Thomas Krannawitter as your guide through the text. This podcast focuses on the introduction of the proposed branches of the national government, beginning with the House of Representatives, as presented in The Federalist Papers.

Dr. Krannawitter has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on The Federalist Papers at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University, among other places. It’s one of his favorite topics. We hope it becomes one of yours, too.

This link will take you to an online digital version of The Federalist Papers.

To purchase the Kesler/Rossiter edition referenced in all Speakeasy podcasts on The Federalist Papersclick here.

For an example of a contemporary proposal to increase the size of the U.S. House of Representatives, which is among the subjects discussed in this podcast, check out this article in the Daily Kos.

The Federalist Papers, Part 10

This is the tenth podcast in a series on The Federalist Papers, with Dr. Thomas Krannawitter as your guide through the text. This podcast continues the discussion of the House of Representatives, as presented in The Federalist Papers, with an emphasis on the separation of powers.

Dr. Krannawitter has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on The Federalist Papers at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University, among other places. It’s one of his favorite topics. We hope it becomes one of yours, too.

This link will take you to an online digital version of The Federalist Papers.

To purchase the Kesler/Rossiter edition referenced in all Speakeasy podcasts on The Federalist Papersclick here.

The Federalist Papers, Part 11

This is the eleventh podcast in a series on The Federalist Papers, with Dr. Thomas Krannawitter as your guide through the text. This podcast introduces the discussion of the Senate with an emphasis on Federalist #62.

Dr. Krannawitter has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on The Federalist Papers at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University, among other places. It’s one of his favorite topics. We hope it becomes one of yours, too.

This link will take you to an online digital version of The Federalist Papers.

To purchase the Kesler/Rossiter edition referenced in all Speakeasy podcasts on The Federalist Papersclick here.

The Federalist Papers, Part 12

This is the twelfth podcast in a series on The Federalist Papers, with Dr. Thomas Krannawitter as your guide through the text. This podcast continues the discussion of the Senate with an emphasis on Federalist #63 and a summary of numbers 64, 65, and 66.

Dr. Krannawitter has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on The Federalist Papers at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University, among other places. It’s one of his favorite topics. We hope it becomes one of yours, too.

This link will take you to an online digital version of The Federalist Papers.

To purchase the Kesler/Rossiter edition referenced in all Speakeasy podcasts on The Federalist Papersclick here.

The Federalist Papers, Part 13

This is the thirteenth podcast in a series on The Federalist Papers, with Dr. Thomas Krannawitter as your guide through the text. Its theme: Energy in the executive!

Dr. Krannawitter has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on The Federalist Papers at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University, among other places. It’s one of his favorite topics. We hope it becomes one of yours, too.

This link will take you to an online digital version of The Federalist Papers.

To purchase the Kesler/Rossiter edition referenced in all Speakeasy podcasts on The Federalist Papersclick here.

The Federalist Papers, Part 14

This is the fourteenth podcast in a series on The Federalist Papers, with Dr. Thomas Krannawitter as your guide through the text. Its theme: The judicial branch of government and the power of judicial review!

Dr. Krannawitter has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on The Federalist Papers at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University, among other places. It’s one of his favorite topics. We hope it becomes one of yours, too.

This link will take you to an online digital version of The Federalist Papers.

To purchase the Kesler/Rossiter edition referenced in all Speakeasy podcasts on The Federalist Papersclick here.

The Federalist Papers, Part 15

This is the fifteenth and final podcast in a series on The Federalist Papers, with Dr. Thomas Krannawitter as your guide through the text. Its theme: The Federalist opposition to a bill of rights.

Dr. Krannawitter has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on The Federalist Papers at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University, among other places. It’s one of his favorite topics. We hope it becomes one of yours, too.

As mentioned near the end of this podcast, here is a link to Robert Goldwyn’s book, From Parchment to Power: How James Madison Used the Bill of Rights to Save the Constitution.

This link will take you to an online digital version of The Federalist Papers.

To purchase the Kesler/Rossiter edition referenced in all Speakeasy podcasts on The Federalist Papersclick here.


Lincoln & the Civil War, Part 1: General Timeline

This is the first in a Speakeasy Podcast series on Lincoln, the Civil War, and the events that culminated in that terrible war.

This podcast presents a general timeline from the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, to the bombing of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, and the beginning of the Civil War.

Listeners might be interested in Dr. Krannawitter’s 2008 book, Vindicating Lincoln, which was featured by the History Book Club and endorsed by the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

Lincoln & the Civil War, Part 2: 1854 Peoria Speech (1 of 3)

This Speakeasy Podcast sets the historical and political stage for Lincoln’s most comprehensive speech, which he delivered in October of 1854 at Peoria, Illinois.

Several books are mentioned in this podcast. Here are links to them:

Lincoln & the Civil War, Part 3: 1854 Peoria Speech (2 of 3)

This Speakeasy Podcast examines the text of the speech Lincoln delivered on October 16, 1854, at Peoria, Illinois.

Useful links:

Lincoln & the Civil War, Part 4: 1854 Peoria Speech (3 of 3)

This Speakeasy Podcast concludes the analysis of the speech Lincoln delivered on October 16, 1854, at Peoria, Illinois.

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