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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.

    Mau-Mauing the Wealth Taxers

    Mau-Mauing the Wealth Taxers

    On today’s Ruminant, an addled and isolated Jonah is haunted by Muppets and their irresistibly catchy songs. He’s also fascinated by the Mark Milley affair, irritated by political figures who disregard the importance of rules, and amused by elites who’ve clearly never read “Radical Chic.” Why are politicians more interested in trolling the opposition than actually doing their jobs? Was the Cigarette Smoking Man really behind the Kennedy assassination? And how many people had to sample poison berries before mankind perfected the art of cooking?

    Show Notes:

    - The ultimate tweet

    - You’re welcome

    - Wednesday’s Dispatch Podcast

    - Musings of a cigarette smoking man

    - Griffin on Milley

    - Wednesday’s “news”letter

    - The hidden law

    - That gala at Anna’s

    - It’s unputdownable!

    - Inside Tom Wolfe’s apartment, and more… 

    - The Remnant with Will Saletan on elite overproduction

    - We already tax the rich

    - Do CEOs make less than doctors?

    - Politico annoys Jennifer Rubin

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    Ponnuru’s Brain

    Ponnuru’s Brain

    Remnant fan favorite and National Review stalwart Ramesh Ponnuru returns today for a thorough discussion of the jurisprudence of abortion and state of the pro-life movement. Although it’s easy to talk about overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the abstract, the real-world consequences can be difficult to envision. Jonah and Ramesh explore what a post-Roe United States could look like, touching on laws, the two parties, and public opinion. Along the way, they also examine the horrors of inflation and rise of common good originalism. Plus, all of this happens to remind Jonah of a certain Star Trek episode. 

    Show Notes:

    - Ramesh’s author page at National Review

    - Ramesh on overturning Roe v. Wade

    - The latest polling on Roe

    - Barack Obama’s record on abortion

    - The Remnant with David French

    - Return of the eco-Wilsonians

    - Rick Perlstein’s “moral panic”

    - Why Ramesh isn’t worried about inflation

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Advisory Ruminations

    Advisory Ruminations

    Accomplished attorney and longtime Jonah associate Shannen Coffin joins The Remnant for a deep dive into the constitutionality of Biden’s vaccine mandate and the dysfunctional state of our federal government. Together, they explore the role each branch of government should play in enforcing such a mandate, Biden’s failure to diminish the COVID culture war, and whether the conservative legal movement could fall victim to the ideology of owning the libs. Obligatory references to Robert Bork are also included. To paraphrase Lionel Hutz, can you imagine a podcast without lawyers?

     

    Show Notes:

    -Shannen on partial-birth abortion

    -Andy McCarthy on Biden’s vaccine mandate

    -Charlie Cooke responds to Jonah

    -Jonah responds to Charlie and Andy

    -The latest Ruminant

    -An Act Relative to Quarantine

    -The Remnant with Kevin Kosar on congressional dysfunction

    -David French on partisanship and the Supreme Court

    -Never Trump, by Robert Saldin and Steve Tenis

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Never Forget

    Never Forget

    Jonah begins today’s Ruminant on a reflective note, recalling where he was on 9/11 and how the tragedy affected him personally and professionally. Afterward, things get ranty, as Jonah digs into the constitutionality of federal vaccine mandates, the pervasive myth that he doesn’t criticize Joe Biden, and the question of whether America should export democracy to illiberal countries. Why is neoconservatism still so misunderstood? Is Biden really a Clinton in disguise? And how have we reached the point where the classic “Sideshow Bob Roberts” episode of The Simpsons seems more like real life than a cartoon satire?

    Show Notes:

    - Jonah reflects on 9/11

    - The Dispatch Podcast on 9/11 and Biden’s grim summer

    - John Podhoretz blasts Biden’s vaccine mandate speech

    - Biden flip flops on vaccine mandates 

    - Ben Domenech arguing for vaccine mandates in 2015

    - The Remnant with Graeme Wood

    - “Dictatorships and Double Standards”

    - Jonah breaks down neoconservatism

    - The Wednesday G-File

    - The Remnant with Will Saletan

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    Eat the Elite

    Eat the Elite

    Slate’s Will Saletan returns to The Remnant to discuss the anniversary of 9/11, the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, and oligarchs who can’t resist the sweet taste of candy. With America’s vaccine rollout gaining steam once again, Jonah and Will explore how calamity-ending miracle drugs became the subject of partisan debate, and whether any side truly got the pandemic right. They also touch on the deliciousness of GMOs and how political life may only get crazier in the coming decade. Tune in for violent agreement, but stick around for vigorous debate. 

    Show Notes:

    - The Wednesday G-File

    - Will’s author page at Slate

    - Will: “Why the Party of 9/11 Couldn’t Handle COVID-19”

    - The 2001 anthrax attacks

    - Jonah: “The Treason of Epidemiologists”

    - The pandemic freakout and the psychology of disgust

    - Will on paranoia around GMOs

    - The Dispatch Podcast reflects on 9/11

    - What would the experts do?

    - The Remnant with Peter Suderman

    - So much for the new Taliban

    - The Remnant with Graeme Wood

    - Elite overproduction

    - The iron law of oligarchy

    - Pareto distribution

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Two for Texas

    Two for Texas

    Get your black robes, white wigs, and legal dictionaries ready, because David French is back on The Remnant to evaluate Texas’ controversial new abortion ruling. He and Jonah also explore the Supreme Court’s history of inventing doctrines that can’t be found in written law, before turning to the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and what America’s response to such a tragedy would look like in today’s hyperpolarized moment. Does the Second Amendment protect ownership of surface-to-air missiles? What changes have occured in the pro-life movement? And will Spider-Man: No Way Home destroy the Marvel Universe as we know it?

     

    Show Notes:

    -Advisory Opinions, for all Remnant listeners fluent in legalese

    -David breaks down the Texas abortion ruling

    -David and Sarah on abortion in America

    -David on the state of the pro-life movement

    -David’s love of qualified immunity

    -Would reversing Roe have a destabilizing effect?

    -Jonah on the anniversary of 9/11

    -David’s latest book, Divided We Fall

    -David’s previous Remnant appearance

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    • 1 hr 26 min

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