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20 years after the publication of Vital Remnants: America’s Founding and the Western Tradition, a book that set out to help America remember her vital roots in the western tradition, Dr. Gary L. Gregg II takes up the title of Vital Remnants once more to continue the mission of serving the future by remembering, thinking about, and learning from the great thinkers of the past. Join Dr. Gregg as he guides listeners through some of the most important texts in human history. Whether you are looking for help in reaching a long abandoned reading goal and continuing your life-long learning, or looking for leadership and life lessons from something deeper than the latest self-help book, Gregg brings a quarter of a century's worth of experience teaching leadership to help you along the way. Vital Remnants from our shared past await to inspire, encourage, and teach us today just as they changed the world we have inherited.

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Jan 12, 2021


In this seventh episode of Season 4 of Vital Remnants, McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary L. Gregg II guides readers through Federalist 30-36 and four Anti-Federalist papers in Reflection and Choice: The Federalists, The Anti-Federalists, and the Debate that Defined America, edited by Gary L. Gregg II and Aaron N. Coleman. 

Dr. Gregg discusses Publius’s defense of the unlimited power of taxation and the Anti-Federalist concerns regarding federal taxation. 

Corresponding Reading  

Section 6, pp.195-242 of Gary L. Gregg II and Aaron N. Coleman, Reflection and Choice: The Federalists, The Anti-Federalists, and the Debate that Defined America. 

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  • Host: Dr. Gary L. Gregg II, McConnell Center Director 

  • Producer and Editor: Connor Tracy, McConnell Center SBS Coordinator  

  • Co-Editor: Will Randolph, McConnell Scholar