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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.

    An Open, Frank Ruminant

    An Open, Frank Ruminant

    On this episode, Jonah ruminates from his igloo (we hope - wouldn’t that be cool?) on some Alaska stories, the American founding, relativism in language, and why good manners are more important (and more complicated) than you might think.

    Show Notes:
    -Alaskans plug in their cars
    -The mighty Gavora Mall
    -The members-only Wednesday “news”letter
    -Remnant with John McWhorter
    -Tony Montana … asserts his dominance? … by eating the lemon in the washing bowl
    -Orwell’s Orphans 
    -Jonah’s dueling essay with Patrick Deneen 

    • 1 hr 16 min
    But First, Cut the Green Wire

    But First, Cut the Green Wire

    Andy Smarick, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins a sleep-deprived Jonah in a discussion of schools in the time of COVID — all 14,000 districts’ worth. After nerding out over Supreme Court cases, civics, and badly misremembering an episode of M*A*S*H, Andy ends on a note of optimism while Jonah (hopefully) goes to get some sleep somewhere in Alaska.

    Show Notes:
    -Adrian Vermeule’s common-good constitutionalism 
    -Sohrab Ahmari vs. David French debates, because why not 
    -What is Conservatism? With a foreword by Jonah
    -Bostock v. Clayton County, court opinion delivered by Gorsuch 
    -AEI survey about parents’ feelings with the approaching school year
    -Smarick’s piece on how pundits ought to have governing experience 
    -Lyman Stone on The Remnant
    -Thomas Sowell’s recent book on charter schools
    -Andy: What the Espinoza Decision Means for Other Aspects of Religious Freedom
    -Blaine Amendment
    -Pierce v. Society of Sisters 
    -Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer 
    -CarShield.com, promo code “dingo” to save 10% 

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Watch Your Language

    Watch Your Language

    Jonah has long awaited the chance to have Columbia University linguist John McWhorter on the show, and now he’s finally here. In a particularly un-rank episode of The Remnant, Jonah asks John about the shifting nature of language, and if it’s really a good thing that usage shifts so rapidly (e.g. “literally”). Also, what grammar police campaigns have been successful in preserving grammatical order, and where have they failed?

    Show Notes:
    -John’s many, many books 
    -John’s podcast, Lexicon Valley 
    -Jonah’s piece on Biden’s use of “literally” 
    -Once more, Paul Bloom’s Just Babies 
    -DrinkHydrant.com, use promo code “dingo” for 25% off your first order 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Lil’ Jacobins

    Lil’ Jacobins

    Jonah gratefully drags a harried Niall Ferguson onto the show, which begins with Angela Merkel and ends with “copious quantities of claret.” Listen to Jonah and Niall — mostly Niall, of the Mellifluous Voice — speak in tongues, lament the destruction of critical thinking in universities, and sneak in a jab at Woodrow Wilson [dun dun dun].

    Show Notes:
    -Angela Merkel on “the toughest situation” in Europe’s history 
    -Communities of fate, coined by our grave German friends
    -The New Republic’s contest for the most boring headline 
    -Rescuing the nation-state, commentary by Alan S. Milward 
    -Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire by Niall Ferguson 
    -That whom Niall is not
    -The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations, by Paul Kennedy 
    -Cornell, guns-on-campus 
    -Too many educated men, by Boyle 
    -NBER paper on how more people actually stayed home during the protests 
    -Schumpeter’s Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy 
    -Civilization: The West and the Rest, by Niall Ferguson 
    -Piece by Niall and Eyck Freymann 
    -Faces At The Bottom Of The Well: The Permanence Of Racism, by Derrick Bell 
    -For fun, the Yale Course Catalog, which Jonah perused a few years ago 
    -ExpressVPN.com/Remnant for 3 months free off a year-long plan 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Hold My Beer People

    Hold My Beer People

    On his second Remnant appearance, National Review’s Kevin Williamson travels down a series of tangent-friendly avenues with Jonah. What are statue-defacers actually accomplishing? Why are Americans “a bunch of maniacs” compared to our continental comrades? And what is Kevin’s obsession with Switzerland all about, anyway?

    Show Notes:
    -Kevin’s upcoming book, Big White Ghetto
    -Kevin’s smash-hit, The Smallest Minority 
    -Kevin’s aptly-titled Tuesday newsletter, “The Tuesday” 
    -Houston Rockets manager tweets in support of Hong Kong protests 
    -China is now sterilizing Uyghurs 
    -U. Topia 
    -The genuine wackiness of Richard Delgado
    -The Helvetica Type
    -Stein’s Law 
    -DrinkHydrant.com/dingo for 25% off your first order 

    • 1 hr 33 min
    History in the Making

    History in the Making

    It’s the weekend, therefore it’s time for another Ruminant. This time, it’s a monologue in which Jonah truly realizes how Remnant-y he’s really become. In his own words, “the point of conservatism is not to get the Republican Party elected.” In short, this is a “down with majoritarianism, up with principles” kind of episode.

    Show Notes:
    -This week's G-File
    -Wednesday's "news"letter 
    -Suicide of the West (now out in paperback!)
    -The non-scandal of Tina Fey and Jimmy Kimmel 
    -Steve Teles (Robert Saldin): Never Trump: The Revolt of the Conservative Elites 
    -Patrick Deneen’s piece for American Compass
    -Hofstadter’s book on social Darwinism
    -Herbert Spencer and his infamous phrase
    -“The Fourteenth Amendment does not enact Mr. Herbert Spencer’s Social Statics.” 
    -Leonard’s “Origins of the myths of social Darwinism” 
    -The Pilgrim’s Progress 

    • 1 hr 5 min

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Jonah tries the walk the path of reasonable conservatism in times where crazy is everywhere. He has interesting guests and decent jokes. My current political sanctuary.

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