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.
Jonah’s in especially ranty form on today’s Ruminant, which finds him once again deprived of sleep thanks to the wailings of a local fox. He begins by offering a few further thoughts on the relationship between religion and politics following Tim Alberta’s Remnant appearance. Afterward, rank punditry ensues, as Jonah explores how both parties are harming the United States through their concern for short-term power above all else. Stick around for lengthy disquisitions on the Great Replacement theory, immigration, and pluralism.
Tim Alberta Is Angry
Tim Alberta of The Atlantic joins Jonah to talk about his latest piece How Politics Poisoned the Evangelical Church. The story and the evangelical church is personal to Alberta, as he grew up a “pastor’s kid” in Brighton, Michigan, and has witnessed a changing of the church from the frontlines. What surprised him about writing this piece? Why is he “angry”? Plus, stick around to the end for some rank, 2024 GOP presidential punditry.
Yascha Mounk makes his second appearance on The Remnant, this time to discuss his new book, The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure. In a conversation tailor-made for holders of the Remnant bingo card, Yascha and Jonah discuss the dangers of tribalism and populism, America’s crisis of community, and what patriotism should look like. They also examine America’s shifting demographics and take a deep dive into the nuances of liberal philosophy.
It’s No Game
Haunted by the wailings of a local fox, Jonah brings an elevated degree of curmudgeonliness to today’s wide-ranging Ruminant. After offering some further thoughts on the hyper-politicization of American society and the erosion of institutions, Jonah turns to abortion, dispelling a few common myths and outlining what post-Roe law should look like. He also explores inflation, the ongoing Ukraine conflict, and what separates a eulogy from a resume. Plus, tune in for more details on the Remnant’s upcoming 500th episode extravaganza.
Liberty, American Style
Yuval Levin returns to the Remnant to provide his signature brand of edifying eggheadery. Institutions, the culture war, and the necessity of staying in your lane are all covered in this high minded conversation. Jonah and Yuval also discuss America’s unique fusion of liberalism and republicanism and what we can expect from abortion law if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Plus, tune in for an update on the Remnant’s special 500th episode live event.
Beth Akers, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, joins The Remnant for extreme wonkery on student debt and the economics of higher education. Why have the Democrats become so fixated on the issue of forgiving student loan debt, and can a moral argument be made for forgiveness? Furthermore, are most graduate programs pointless? How can we fix America’s universities? And can anyone match Jonah’s raw disdain for journalism schools?
A deep, sound thinker
Jonah Goldberg us not a slick presenter, but I don’t listen to him for slick. He is an insightful, thoughtful guy whose material is worth listening to. His approach to politics and public affairs takes into account humans as they actually are, rather than the cartoon characters that the shallow ideologues would give us.
Gen. HR McMaster
I’m a huge fan of the General. He’s a hero and a patriot. However, I was deeply disappointed in his avoidance of criticizing his former boss, Donald Trump, even though Jonah had left the door open (in a subtle way) to do so.
He should have been as brutally honest as General “Mad Dog” Mattis was when he said that Trump was the first president in his lifetime who did not even pretend to try to unite the American people. As President Lincoln said: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
Trump’s dividing and divisive tactics bled into fellow Republicans that differed with him (McCain, Romney, etc.) as well as partners, such as NATO, Canada and Mexico.
Trump left the Kurds to fend for themselves, sucked-up to Russia (over our own Intelligence establishment) and signed an agreement with the Taliban that John Bolton called a “surrender agreement.”
Of course the above actions were all done prior to that date of infamy…January 6th.
So for those reasons, I’m very saddened that General Mc Master didn’t care to expand more on Trump’s effect on American security and prestige.
Call to Action on Your Um, Ah, Uh, YahKnow, and Other Filler Words
Suggestion, Observation, Appreciation, and Method for Easy Improvement in Two Weeks or Less:
Jonah, if you would like to level-up your work, stop with the filler words.
A silent pause is better. Silence is a positive and filler words are negatives.
I’ve reduced my filler word usage to 0-to-1 per 20-minutes of speaking from 15 or more across 3 minutes.
On your solo podcasts, I repeatedly track more than one such vile detractor per sentence. They detract from your presentation so as to turn good work into bad.
I’m giving 1 star because, although I love most of your work, I judge this as the best way to get you this message.
This is NOT because I could not bring myself to make it past the Janet Lau (sp?) reference where, goodness, were more than half of your words that you did not read directly filler words?
How to Eliminate This Hurdle to Your Success:
1.) Buy a whistle or a “ring for service” bell
2.) 3x across two weeks, give a 2-3 minute free-form talk on any topic in front of 2-3 friends whom you don’t want to fail in front of
3.) have one friend you trust in charge of signaling with the device in step 1 EVERY TIME you use a filler word
After just one session, and if they catch just 3 or more filler words, then this exercise will reduce your filler word usage on solo podcasts by 1/4 to 1/2, but you will *notice* 4x to 5x more than you did before.
The next two sessions are for recalibration on noticing your own usage of these terms.
Practice a little pause when you sense a filler word and notice other speakers pauses where some would insert filler words.
A trip to the dollar store, a few friends you’d be a little embarrassed to fail in front of, and 14* minutes across 2 weeks, and you will improve your future lifetime earnings by no less than 10%.
Slay this dragon.
- Just A Guy Wishing You Well