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In “The Remnant," Jonah Goldberg, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, syndicated columnist, best-selling author, and AEI/NRI Fellow enlists a “Cannonball Run”-style cast of stars, has-beens, and never-weres to address the most pressing issues of the day and of all-time. Is Western Civilization doomed? Is nationalism the wave of the future? Is the Pope Catholic? Will they ever find a new place to put cheese on a pizza? Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Who is hotter: Ginger or Mary-Ann? Was Plato really endorsing the Republic as the ideal state? Mixing history, pop culture, rank-punditry, political philosophy, and, at times, shameless book-plugging, Goldberg and guests will have the kinds of conversations we wish they had on cable-TV shout shows. And the nudity will (almost) always be tasteful.

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In “The Remnant," Jonah Goldberg, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, syndicated columnist, best-selling author, and AEI/NRI Fellow enlists a “Cannonball Run”-style cast of stars, has-beens, and never-weres to address the most pressing issues of the day and of all-time. Is Western Civilization doomed? Is nationalism the wave of the future? Is the Pope Catholic? Will they ever find a new place to put cheese on a pizza? Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Who is hotter: Ginger or Mary-Ann? Was Plato really endorsing the Republic as the ideal state? Mixing history, pop culture, rank-punditry, political philosophy, and, at times, shameless book-plugging, Goldberg and guests will have the kinds of conversations we wish they had on cable-TV shout shows. And the nudity will (almost) always be tasteful.

    Niall Ferguson: God Emperor of Doom

    Niall Ferguson: God Emperor of Doom

    Historian Niall Ferguson returns to talk about his new book (with a glorious, darkly comic cover), Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe. As Sven from SNL might say, this episode has it all: monkey’s paw swag-bags, the phrase “Hunnish data,” and the frighteningly named “three-body problem.” Allow Niall to explain the human tendency to prepare for one disaster scenario while another hits us square in the jaw, the reason why “we may be forced by companies to do Zoom” even after the pandemic ends, and why book tours are still delirium-inducing even when done from the comfort of one’s home. Oh, and stick around for a particularly fantastic celebrity impression in the show’s final moments. 

    Show notes:
    Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe
    Some incredible science fiction that has crossed over from China, The Three-Body Problem
    Neal Stephenson’s Snowcrash, which is life-changingly good
    Nick Bloom, “Why working from home will stick”

    Feynman and the Challenger disaster
    One of Niall’s previous books, The Great Degeneration
    “Crazy ideas in Thucydides’ time”
    Flagellant orders
    Keith Thomas’ Religion and the Decline of Magic
    The World Economic Forum’s interestingly-timed 2020 Global Risks Report

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Kitchen Sync Realism

    Kitchen Sync Realism

    Newly minted AEI fellow Klon Kitchen joins Jonah today for an uber-wonky discussion of foreign policy and cybersecurity. The pair explore how the U.S. should respond to recent cyber attacks, the merits of Section 230, and the distinction between dumb and smart hawkishness in national security. Should we revive letters of marque? Can Jonah ever discuss China without cursing Tom Friedman? And will Klon’s love of all things canine lead him to join the fabled pantheon of Remnant regulars?

     

    Show Notes:

    -The Kitchen Sync

    -The colonial pipeline hack

    -Letters of marque and the Constitution

    -Defending forward

    -Jonah: “We’re not ‘competing’ with China. But politicians love to make that claim.”

    -Jonah’s dear friend Tom Friedman on overpopulation

    -The SolarWinds hack

    -Section 230 explained

    -Klon explains quantum computing

    -Hillary Clinton defines progressivism

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Wake Up Little Hawley

    Wake Up Little Hawley

    The Ruminant returns to its usual format today after last week’s drive-time diversion, as Jonah is once again placed under the unsettling eyes of several silent spectators. After exploring the history of American censorship and the current state of free speech, Jonah dives headfirst into the ongoing Liz Cheney controversy and lingering nuttiness of Donald Trump within the GOP. Will Josh Hawley ever cease to irritate? Is morality hardwired into babies? And why do the women in Jonah’s life all have awkwardly positioned birthdays?

    Show Notes:

    - Jonah’s latest column

    - Jonah on political religions

    - Ross Douthat: “When Wokeness Becomes Weakness”

    - Banned in Boston

    - “The movie's over, it's four o'clock, and we're in trouble deep”

    - Charlie Kirk, political genius

    - Josh Hawley rants about free speech

    - Just Babies, by Paul Bloom

    - National Review: “Liz Cheney is Not the Problem”

    - The Wednesday G-File

    - The Paul Wolfowitz/Sam Tanenhaus controversy

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Dr. Stirewalt, the Dragon of Wheeling

    Dr. Stirewalt, the Dragon of Wheeling

    The Remnant returns to normalcy today with one of Jonah’s favorite guests: the illustrious Chris Stirewalt. The pair engage in pop culture-infused punditry, focusing on the GOP’s internal war between MAGA advocates and Liz Cheney supporters and America’s supposed entry into a new Progressive Era under President Biden. Prepare to be bedazzled by Chris’ peerless Sebastian Gorka impression, the raw craziness of Donald Trump, and Jonah’s secret history as an adolescent ice cream vendor.

     

    Show Notes:

    -     Chris’ page at The Dispatch

    -     Cheneypalooza

    -     Trump backs Elise Stefanik

    -     Mike Pence trudges toward 2024

    -     What the heck is going on in Maricopa County?

    -    The members-only Wednesday G-File

    -    The road to Kenya

    -    Chris: “The era of big government is here”

    -    The Election Integrity Alliance, yeesh

    -   Dr. Gorka

    -   Jonah’s cordial, not-at-all controversial disagreement with Bill Kristol

    -   “If the paper turns clear, it’s your window to weight gain!”

    -   “Welcome to the new progressive era”

    -   When Trump and the Clintons were BFFs

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Social Darwinism and the Straw Man

    Social Darwinism and the Straw Man

    Jonah flies solo on the week’s first Remnant, as he tries out a format that seeks to provide the footnotes to some of the most commonly landed-on items from the program’s bingo card. On this first explainer, Jonah tackles the straw man and frequent leftist punching bag called social Darwinism, and whether or not such an ideology ever even existed in the first place. Do any conservatives actually believe this stuff? And how did the tables turn on libertarians to such a degree that the most laissez-faire political ideology possible ended up facing accusations of eugenic sympathies? (You can also tune in to learn why you should never trust Wisconsinites.)

     

    Show Notes:

    -The (underrated) Tyranny of Clichés

    -Obama calls the GOP budget “social Darwinism”

    -Schoenwald has some strange opinions on Herbert Spencer

    -The University of Wisconsin and progressivism

    -Hofstadter’s book on social Darwinism

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    • 44 min
    Drive-Time Ruminant

    Drive-Time Ruminant

    In the words of a great album, “How are we feeling out there? How’s your drive-time commute? I need a saga - what’s the saga?” This weekend’s Remnant is less Ruminant-y than usual, as the Greek chorus that has silently watched Jonah during these recordings for the last few episodes finally speaks up. That group includes Ryan, the newest addition to The Dispatch; Guy, noted Mark Steyn impersonator; and Nick, Jonah’s long-suffering research assistant. In this imitation of a kinda-crude FM radio show, the four talk about the latest Gaetzian nonsense, Biden’s joint congressional address, and Chez Goldberg’s interesting history with Newt Gingrich—in addition to Jonah telling some jokes which will get his three companions canceled before they even exit their 20s.

    Show Notes:

     
    The Daily Beast reports on Gaetz’ grossness
    The Remnant with Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay

     
    #JonahforConan
    Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene on tour
    Congressional Caligula
    Jonah: “Watergaetz”
    David on yelling in a crowded theatre
    John Mulaney vs. the Third Amendment
    Sven Johnson mocks the Third Amendment too
    Ramesh Ponnuru debates Anand Giridharadas

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    • 1 hr 12 min

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