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Hey folks! Bonus episode in store for you this week! I had the great fortune of joining our friends, Bird and Car, from the Friends Against Government podcast! Sadly, this week's episode is on more of a somber note, as I joined them to discuss the sad, infuriating, and ultimately confusing case of Duncan Lemp. 21-year-old Duncan Lemp was shot and killed in a predawn, no-knock raid performed by the Montgomery County (Maryland) Police Department. Please share today's episode with family and friends to help raise awareness of Duncan's story. Friends Against Government Podcast Show Notes: On this episode of the Friends Against Red Flag Laws and No Knock Raids, we discuss the assassination of 21-year-old Duncan Lemp during a no-knock raid in Montgomery County, Maryland, If you like what you hear, make sure to send us a retweet on Twitter and spread the good word of the FAGcast! --- Follow Brian on Twitter! Check out The Brian Nichols Show! Follow us on Twitter! @CarCampIt @birdarchist --- Support our friends! Merchandise Buy a liberty mug! Buy our shirt and sticker!
Pandemic be damned, we have a show to do! Welcome back to my presidential candidate interview series, this week I am joined by Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Sorinne Ardeleanu. Sorinne is running to be both the "Commander in Chief and the ""Healer in Chief"" of America. Listen as I dig deeper into Sorinne's approach to politics, her appeal to love and healing, and why she would be the best face of the LP on Election Day 2020. Find Sorinne Ardeleanu Online- Website: Twitter: Facebook:
WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, no, we're not all going to die. But it certainly feels that way the way everyone has been reacting to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). What's even more wild is that just a few short weeks ago, the biggest news item was Biden, Bernie, and the Democrats! Amazing how quickly things can change, eh? Well, with so much in the news, there was no way I could break it down for you on my own, so I called in backup, as this week I am joined by the great Bird and Car from the Friends Against Government Podcast! These gents joined me on the show today to bring their own unique senses of wit and snark to help dissect what exactly is going on with this whole coronavirus pandemic (officially a pandemic!). Later, we take a step back into the world of politics and analyze the Democratic Primaries with Joe Biden seemingly taking the nomination by storm, having routed Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday (and the following week as well!) and to give our best guesses as to who the Democrats will nominate as their vice presidential candidate... Hillary? AOC?? NANCY PELOSI??? You'll have to listen to find out! Find Friends Against Government Podcast: Find Friends Against Government on Twitter: Find Car on Twitter: Find Bird on Twitter:
Welcome back, folks! This week, we get to learn about making libertarianism happen in real life! I KNOW! This week I'm joined by the CEO of the Startup Societies Foundation, Joe McKinney! The Startup Societies Foundation is a non-profit that supports an ecosystem of entrepreneurs building libertarian micro-experiments. Today Joe and I focus on entrepreneurs putting liberty into practice, as we dig into a practical "how-to-guide" for entrepreneurs to build small libertarian experiments using Special Economic Zone frameworks, at low cost. Find the "How-to-Guide": Find Startup Societies Foundation Online: Find Startup Societies Foundation on Facebook: Find Startup Societies Foundation on Twitter:
Continuing with my interview series with Libertarian Presidential Candidates, I am joined on the show this week by (as promised) Dr. Jo Jorgensen! Dr. Jo Jorgensen (Ph.D in Industrial/Organizational Psychology) was the Libertarian Party Vice-Presidential Nominee with Harry Browne in 1996 and is currently is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Clemson University. Dr. Jorgensen joins the show today to discuss her experience in Libertarain Party politics, her vision for the Libertarian Party and the liberty movement, and why she believe's she is the best person to lead the Libertarian Party towards success in the 2020 election. Find Dr. Jorgensen Online- Website: Facebook: Twitter:
Marc Clair returns to the show today to dissect the Libertarian Party POTUS and Chair races! Marc, who hails from California, had the chance to witness all of the candidates in action at the LP State Party convention earlier this month. So, I wanted Marc to join the show to breakdown what he witnessed as boots on the ground, meeting and seeing the candidates in action himself. Find Lions of Liberty Online: Facebook: Twitter:
Welcome back, folks! I hope you all enjoyed last week's episode with Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Jacob Hornberger (I know I certainly did!). Keeping up with phenomenal guests, I am today joined by's Lead Writer and Chief Historian, Sam Jacobs! Sam joins the show today to discuss one of his recent article over at, titled "Deplatformed: How Big Tech Companies & Corporate America Subvert the Second Amendment". Sam, a self identified "Jacksonian-Conservative", takes a different approach to the tech censorship and deplatforming that has taken place in the past few years when compared to the traditional libertarian's perspective. Listen as Sam and I have a fun back-and-forth discussion where we volley our differing takes to one another, leaving the conversation on a solid ground of understanding each other's position, and more importantly, that we were able to find some, gasp, COMMON GROUND! Read Sam's Article: Find Sam Online: Some More Awesome Articles!: The Podcast:'s Twitter: Sam's Bio: Sam Jacobs grew up in Southern New England, probably the part of the country with the weakest gun culture. However, from a young age he believed firmly in the right of self defense and the right to keep and bear arms. This, coupled with 12 years of education in public schools and an argumentative nature, meant that he was frequently getting into debates with his teachers about the virtue of the Second Amendment. A precocious student of history and the Constitution, Jacobs became interested in both the practice of armed self defense throughout history as well as the philosophical underpinnings of the Second Amendment. Jacobs has an affinity for the individual and the common man against centralized forms of power and elites, whether they be in the government or the private sector. In particular, he is interested in the ways in which private companies work to subvert the legislative process and to undermine American freedoms outside of normal legal channels. He considers the resolution of how corporate power can hem in Constitutional freedoms to be the most pressing political question of our age. The private sector and the public sector are increasingly indistinguishable from one another, both because of behind-the-scenes corporate chicanery that undermines the legislative process and because private companies are rapidly becoming far more powerful than the federal government. Thus, it is more important than ever to both fight the incursion of private companies into our government and to become independent and self-reliant enough to make it difficult for private companies to hem in your rights. So Sam believes. Jacobs is the lead writer and chief historian with, and is the driving intellectual force behind the content in the Resistance Library. He is proud to see his work name-checked in places like Bloomberg, USA Today and National Review, but he is far more proud to see his work republished on websites like ZeroHedge, Lew Rockwell and Sons of Liberty Media. How many firearms does Sam own and what’s his everyday carry? That’s between him and the NSA.
Episode 100 is here! Not only do we have a new intro song to debut, but we're also joined by and incredible guest! Today, I am joined by Libertarian Party presidential nominee/Mises Caucus endorsed candidate... the great Jacob Hornberger! Jacob joins the show to outlines how he would carry the libertarian message forward in the general election and why he would be the best choice to be that messenger. And as an aside... thank you to each of you amazing members of the audience. Without your love, support, and encouragement, Episode 100 would never have happened. Here's to the next 100 episodes of educating, enlightening, and informing! Bio: Website: Facebook: Twitter:
Hey folks! I hope you're all getting ready for episode 100! I know I am! In the meantime, I wanted to drop a bonus episode where I joined good friend, Fritz, on his amazing podcast, "FritzCast", which was ranked as one of the top libertarian podcasts of 2020 (! Enjoy! And please go support FritzCast! In this episode I am joined by my good friend, Brian Nichols, of The Brian Nichols Show! get ready for a jam packed episode about podcasting, street journalism, libertarianism, laughs and more! You can follow Brian on Twitter: @BNicholsLiberty; find him on the network, and his show is available on most podcast catchers! Follow Fritz on Twitter @ FritzQS On Facebook at Instagram @ fritzcast NEW Blog NOW on YouTube: Search FritzCast Podcast ( Also available on iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay, & Stitcher! Like the theme song? Check out: Let It Out by Jerrytown -…0173?i=188710174 Want to contribute? Follow this link:
I'll keep it short and sweet this week... today I'm joined by Joe Hauptmann, who is the former Chair of the Libertarian Party of Indiana and current campaign manager for Dr. Jo Jorgensen. Dr. Jo Jorgensen was the Libertarian Party Vice-Presidential Nominee with Harry Browne in 1996. She campaigned in 38 states and appeared as a Libertarian spokesperson on over 300 radio shows all across America. She regularly lit up the call-in boards, helping listeners discover the Libertarian Party and generating inquiries and new LP members. In 1992, she was the Libertarian Party’s candidate for South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District. After a statewide televised debate with her Democratic and Republican opponents, Dr Jorgensen’s debate performance was widely praised in the media, and the Greenville News referred to her as “a rose between two thorns”. Dr. Jo Jorgensen currently is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Clemson University. She holds a Ph.D in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Clemson 2002) and has taught full-time since 2006. She graduated in 1979 from Baylor University with a B.S. in Psychology and in 1980 from Southern Methodist University with an M.B.A. After earning her M.B.A., she put her education to work as a Marketing Representative for IBM. Relocating to Greenville, SC in 1983, she started her own software sales business.After taking a break to be a stay-at-home mom for her two children, she joined a software duplicating company as part owner, later taking over as president and full owner. She founded a business consulting company in 2002 and continues working with select clients. Dr. Jo Jorgensen is a Life Member of the Libertarian Party. She supported Ed Clark for president in 1980 and has been voting Libertarian ever since. She officially joined the Libertarian Party in 1983 and has served as Greenville County chair, state vice-chair, and national marketing director for the Libertarian Party. Find Dr. Jo Jorgensen Online- Website: Facebook: Twitter:
It's hard to imagine, but we're just 10 months or so away from the 2020 election. Wild, isn't it? With the Democratic Debates seemingly taking the national conversation towards the brink of outright socialism, and Trump deciding whether or not to start World War III (I'm kidding of course... right?), it seems that most Americans are searching for a candidate that they can support that, well, isn't as crazy as everyone else. It's why candidates like Mike Bloomberg have essentially decided to spend a substantial fortune on trying to win the presidency, and why the Libertarian Party has an absolutely epic opportunity to win over some hearts and minds by being the adult in the room. But the real question for the Libertarian Party is, well, will the be the adults in the room? That's why I'm joined today by Elaine Joan, who is an independent campaign consultant and widely known political commentator, "Libertarian Redhead", who helps me break down some of the problems in Libertarian candidacies past, how Libertarian campaigns can catch on in the future, and which candidates seeking the Libertarian Party nomination can lead the LP to the most success in 2020 If you're considering running for elected office as a Libertarian, then please consider this as a complimentary consulting session between two seasoned political veterans (tips are appreciated in the form of shares, reviews, and Patreon support). Bio: Elaine Joan is an independent campaign consultant and political commentator; you may know her as Libertarian Redhead on Facebook and Twitter. She has previously been a Libertarian Party of Tennessee Executive Committee member. She has a track record for lobbying legislative issues like 3rd party ballot access, ending the death penalty, and civil asset forfeiture. In 2018 she took a position as the Data Director for Elect Liberty PAC during the midterm elections in New Mexico and she is currently working with Voice for America PAC in Indianapolis. Find Elaine Online: Facebook: Twitter:
With commentators proclaiming that World War III is just around the corner due to increasing tensions between the United States and Iran, the United States' foreign policy is at the forefront of the national conversation. With conservative pundits like Ben Shapiro singing the praises of President Trump's more hawkish approach to the increasing tensions with Iran (which Shapiro has seemingly toned down in recent days), I thought it would be a great opportunity to have a former self-described "neocon" who ended up becoming a "foreign policy realist" on the show to discuss their own personal growth and change of mindset. Joining the show is Pratik Chougule. Chougule is a researcher at Boston College's Center for International Higher Education, where he is writing a book about American universities in the greater Middle East. He was previously an executive editor at The American Conservative and managing editor at The National Interest. During the 2016 election cycle, Chougule served as policy coordinator on the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. From 2008-2009, Chougule was a George W. Bush appointee at the State Department in the Office of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security. Chougule graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University and holds a JD from Yale Law School. Listen as Chougule discusses his take on foreign policy, his critiques of the traditional neocon/hawkish foreign policy, the rising tensions of Iran, and finally his perspective of where the world stands after the 2020 election with regards to foreign relations and policy. Support the We Are Libertarians Network Rebranding! -> Find Chougule Online: Twitter: Facebook:
2020 will certainly present its share of challenges. Among them being that of having tough discussions with our friends, family, coworkers, etc... on issues that are politically and emotionally charged. To start off the year, I wanted to take a second and go solo to discuss a phenomenal book I've been reading, "How to Have Impossible Conversation: A Very Practical Guide" by Peter Boghossian, where Boghossian outlines strategies to bring people who disagree into useful, productive engagement with one another. Discussed today are some tools I've used (unintentionally, at that!) from the book, and some real-life examples of me using them both in my personal life and on the show with folks who have vastly disagreements with your favorite host. And finally, as I mention at the close the show, if you're interested in sharing your story of utilizing some of these techniques yourself, email me at or tag me on social media (@BNicholsLiberty both on Twitter and on Facebook). My conversation with Keith Rubino from March 2019: Where to purchase "How to Have Impossible Conversation: A Very Practical Guide": The Reason Podcast Episode mentioned:
For the final episode of the year, please enjoy my appearance on the "Friends Against Government" Podcast where we discuss impeachment, Dominick the Donkey, and more! (Originally aired on November 26, 2019 at
Ho ho ho! It's the most wonderful time of the year, and with that, I'm riding solo this week as we wrap up a phenomenal 2019 and start looking ahead to 2020! Today, I read some of the awesome reviews you guys have posted for the show over on Apple Podcasts (and even take a suggestion from one of them!). Later, I cover some topics that ya'll wanted to hear about- The proposal to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 and whether or not Justin Amash should consider taking on the role as "impeachment manager". This will be the last "new" episode of the year, with next week's episode being my appearance on the "Friends Against Government Podcast", where I enlighten Bird and Car about the classic Christmas song from Pennsylvania, "Dominick The Donkey". Oh, and we talk about politics and such, too.
Criminal justice reform is a topic that many members on the left and the right have started to agree on (much in thanks to libertarians for paving the way), but despite the progress, our criminal justice system still harms millions of non-violent offenders to this day. Today I am joined by Conner Drigotas to get his perspective on criminal justice reform, why it's so important for us to pay attention to criminal justice reform, and the very real human impact and harm that our current criminal justice system inflicts. Conner's Bio: Conner is the Director of Communications and Outreach for a nonprofit public interest law firm offering free legal services to those hurt by public-sector union officials. He is also an adjunct professor at Lehigh University where he teaches business communications. Prior to joining the his current firm, Conner managed local, state, and federal political campaigns, and worked in the financial industry developing financial strategies for at risk populations. Conner earned his MBA from Lehigh University and holds undergraduate degrees in Government & Law and Psychology from Lafayette College. A native Mainer, Conner enjoys the great outdoors and spends his free time hunting, camping, and fishing with his wife Danielle. Find Conner Online- Website: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
Usually we discuss politics here on The Brian Nichols Show, but in a few past episodes, we've focused on some other topics, like how to find happiness (with Tim Preuss) and living "Your Better Life" (with Gary Collins). Today, we're sticking with that theme, only this time, it's my appearance on someone else's show... Today is my appearance on Amazon best-selling author Gary Collin's podcast, the "Your Better Life Podcast"! Listen as I discuss my personal battle with obesity and my ultimately losing 180lbs! Gary's Appearance on The Brian Nichols Show: From Your Better Life Podcast ( Brian Nichols host, of The Brian Nichols Show, drops by for a chat. Brain shares how he lost 180 pounds and is now focused on being as healthy as he possibly can be. He has not only changed his health, but most importantly changed his life. Topics Discussed with Brian Nichols: -A bit about Brian -What is the Brian Nichols Show and what is it about -Brian’s childhood and how he became obese -Dealing with being overweight and the obstacles he faced -Brian’s wake up call that made him take action -Our broken healthcare system -How he lost 180 pounds -His shift in mindset outside of just losing the weight -Why taking charge of your life is the key to happiness -His new lease on life and his new direction -His advice for those fighting being overweight
Andrew Yang is easily one of the most interesting candidates running for the Democratic Party nomination. His economic ideas have captivated his supporters, the "Yang Gang", leaving a nice portion of Americans arguing it's #TimeForYang. Today, I have Max Gulker from the American Institute for Economic Research return to the show to offer his expert analysis of Andrew Yang's economic policies, namely, his universal basic income proposal to give every American $1,000 a month. Find Max Online- Twitter: Email: Website:
At The Brian Nichols Show, my goal is to leave my audience educated, enlightened, and informed. For today's episode, I feel confident that each of you will finish the show feeling that all three of those boxes were checked, as I am joined by the one and only, Congressman Thomas Massie! Listen as Congressman Massie joins The Brian Nichols Show to discuss his entry into the liberty movement/politics, the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, and the sneaky manner in which the establishment snuck in an extension of the Patriot Act into the most recent continuing resolution passed through Congress. Find Congressman Massie Online- Website: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
If you have friends who are Elizabeth Warren fans, then this most definitely is the episode you should send their way, as today I am joined once again by Max Gulker from the American Institute for Economic Research! Max joins the show to help me break down Elizabeth Warrens tax plans (one of her many plans), her anti-billionaire rhetoric, he proposed wealth tax, and outline her plan to rule the American economy through the force of government regulatory agencies. Max's Article- "Elizabeth Warren and the Economics of Magical Thinking" Find Max Online- Twitter: Email: Website:
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