Thoughts from Maharrey Head

Thoughts from Maharrey Head

Michael Maharrey serves as the national communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center, and is the author of several books on the Constitution and liberty. His weekly podcast, Thoughts from Maharrey Head, covers a wide range of subjects, but focuses primarily on constitutional issues and political decentralization. "10 Minutes Closer to Freedom!" He also dabbles in electronic music with some goth and jazz influences. You can email Michael at me (at) michaelmaharrey (dot) com

Episodes

December 2, 2023 10 mins
Are "greedy" corporations driving inflation? Could taxing billionaires solve the government's fiscal problems? In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I break down a couple of things that President Biden said this week that show he has no grasp of basic economics. I teach a little economics along the way. The Thoughts from Maharrey Head podcast focuses on constitutional issues and political decentralization. When you're f...
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Words on paper don't enforce themselves. It's up to the people to maintain the Constitution. Lysander Spooner is well-known for dissing the Constitution. But he gave us a powerful blueprint for maintaining the government within its constitutional limits. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I give an overview of Spooner's blueprint and explain how we can put it into action. You can visit the show notes page here: http...
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People are all about limiting government power until somebody they like controls it. Then they want to expand it. This is a really dumb strategy -- especially if you want liberty. Mike Maharrey explains the problem with power in this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head. You can visit the show notes here: https://bit.ly/40A1vZD The Thoughts from Maharrey Head podcast focuses on constitutional issues and political decentralizat...
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October 27, 2023 10 mins
We have a new boss in the U.S. House of Representatives. Unfortunately, he's pretty much the same as the old boss. Oh sure, House Speaker Mike Johnson might be superficially different from former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, but when it comes to the Constitution, they are two peas in a pod. And the truth is they probably won't govern much differently either. This underscores the problem with trying to "fix things" by switching out poli...
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The great antifederalist writer Brutus described a massive national debt that could never be repaid as "a calamity." And here we are. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I put the national debt into perspective and explain why Brutus was right. You can visit the show notes page here: https://bit.ly/48ZQpRz The Thoughts from Maharrey Head podcast focuses on constitutional issues and political decentralization. When y...
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Most people in the U.S. revere George Washington. But sadly, most people reject his foreign policy. But I think we'd be a lot better off if American foreign policy looked a little more like Washington's and less like Hillary Clinton's, George Bush's, Barack Obama's, Joe Biden's et al. In this episode of the podcast, I give an overview of Washington's foreign policy and talk about why we should consider it today. You can visit th...
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We were warned -- a party spirit is destructive to liberty. Unfortunately, we live in a world of partisan hackery. In this episode, I talk about the problems with a "party spirit" and how factions often lead to despotism. You can visit the show notes page here: https://bit.ly/3LUrbtR The Thoughts from Maharrey Head podcast focuses on constitutional issues and political decentralization. When you're finished listening, you'll be ...
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September 29, 2023 11 mins
After a long hiatus, Thoughts from Maharrey Head is back! In this episode, I talk about political decentralization and why it's important for liberty. You can visit the show notes page here: https://bit.ly/3Zzonbl The Thoughts from Maharrey Head podcast focuses on constitutional issues and political decentralization. When you're finished listening, you'll be 10 minutes closer to freedom! Visit my website at https://michaelmahar...
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Promoting my book "Constitution - Owner's Manual" has reminded me what an abysmal job government schools have done teaching us about the Constitution and the founding principles the government was based on. It's a clear case of educational malfeasance. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about it and how my book can help you learn the truth about the Constitution they never taught you in government school. You c...
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You cannot simultaneously support perpetual warfare abroad and limited government at home. Most people tend to separate domestic and foreign policy. The problem is, the two are intimately intertwined, and the things that happen "over there" don't stay over there. They always end up having an impact here at home, as I explain in this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head. You can visit the show notes page here: https://bit.ly/2Tz...
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Pres. Trump unilaterally ordered the execution of an Iranian general. Did he have the constitutional authority to take this action? The short answer is no. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain why. More importantly, I explain why it matters. Thoughts from Maharrey Head focuses on constitutional issues and political decentralization. When you're finished listening, you'll be 10 minutes closer to freedom! Visit...
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While everybody obsessed over impeachment, there was other news out there. Well, it wasn't exactly news, because pretty much nobody reported on it. But some significant things happened - things that could actually impact your life. Things the political class would rather you not think about. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about it. You can visit the show notes page here: https://bit.ly/2ZcdMDY Thoughts fro...
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This week's episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head is a hard dose of reality. Both Republicans and Democrats claim to revere the Constitution. But do they? Really? I don't think they do. In fact, I think the vast majority of politicians, including the current president, view the Constitution as nothing but a prop in their political theater. You can visit the show notes page here: https://bit.ly/340sM98 Thoughts from Maharrey He...
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Progressives don't like it so much when the government expands its own power in ways they don't like. One of the first articles I wrote for the Constitution 101 series was titled "Living and Breathing Is Dead." It makes the fundamental point that if the government can interpret and apply the Constitution in such a way that it expands its own power, the Constitution itself is meaningless. You can't have "rule of law" when the "rule ...
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Remember the Tea Party? Remember what it was all about? It was about taxing. spending and the national debt. Today, the Trump administration is running up Obama-era budget deficits. And a lot of the same people who were holding signs at Tea Party rallies are now Trump supporters. What happened to those Tea Party principles? Was it just political theater? In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about it. You can visi...
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You've probably heard President Trump brag about the economy. He's called it the best economy in American history. This is absolute hogwash. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain why. I also talk about the real reason the economy is in trouble. Hint: it has very little to do with Trump or Obama. You can visit the show notes page here: https://bit.ly/2LkBl6R Thoughts from Maharrey Head focuses on constitutional...
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Most Americans think July 4, 1776, birthed a nation. It's didn't. It actually birthed 13 independent nations that soon formed a union. The notion that Independence Day birthed a nation is part of a broader "one nation" myth advanced by the likes of Joseph Story and Abraham Lincoln, and perpetuated by the Pledge of Allegiance. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I debunk the "one nation" myth starting with the Declarati...
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Political activism can be pretty detached from our day-to-day lives. We fight for abstract principles like "liberty" and "limited government" and "constitutional principles." But this week, it got really personal for me. A friend of mine was indicted on federal marijuana charges. He could face 10 years to life in prison. Think about that for a second -- life in a cage for a plant. The actions of government have a real impact on r...
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If you learned anything about nullification in school, it's probably in relation to the Nullification Crisis of 1833. And if that's that's the case, you almost certainly learned several myths about nullification. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I give you an accurate historical overview of the events that precipitated this so-called crisis, and in the process, smash a couple of those myths. You can visit the show n...
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People keep telling me that military intervention in Venezuela would be perfectly constitutional because of the War Powers Act. Newsflash -- a congressional act does not amend the Constitution. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I give an overview of constitutional war powers and explain why undeclared wars are still illegal despite the War Powers Resolution of 1973. You can visit the show notes page here: https://bit...
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