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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.

    Square Eyes

    Square Eyes

    On today’s Ruminant, a predictably sleep-deprived Jonah is haunted by distant memories of his time in Prague and the alluring restaurants that refused his custom. Thankfully, he’s able to process the pain by embarking on a lengthy rant about democracy, capitalism, and the charming brilliance of Irving Kristol. There’s also a disquisition on the philosophy of hit TV shows and the legacy of The Wire, which will delight Breaking Bad partisans. Tune in to find out if Jonah has adjusted to life as an empty nester, but stick around to see if he can get through the whole episode without mentioning third parties.

    Show Notes:

    - The Remnant with Michael Brendan Dougherty

    - The Wednesday G-File

    - Jonah and Steve Hayes on The Dispatch’s two-year anniversary

    - “Opposing views”

    - Jonah’s love of Breaking Bad

    - Conservatism and The Wire

    - Biden’s living on a prayer

    - Scott Lincicome on America’s ports problem

    - The Morning Dispatch

    - The birth of The Remnant

    - Broken windows

    - James Q. Wilson: “Capitalism and Morality”

    - The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism

    - The Remnant with Graeme Wood

    - Irving Kristol: “When Virtue Loses All Her Loveliness”

    - The Remnant with George Will

    - The Remnant with Megan McCardle

    - The Remnant with Charles Murray

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Mutually Assured Derangement

    Mutually Assured Derangement

    In light of the reaction to his call for anti-Trump conservatives to form a third party, Jonah invites Michael Brendan Dougherty onto The Remnant to discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of such an approach. Things don’t entirely go as planned, as their conversation swiftly moves beyond that into the broader strangeness of contemporary politics and the conservative movement. With the American people increasingly defecting from the norms of constitutional government, what can be done to prevent our institutions from collapsing?

    Show Notes:

    - Michael’s author page at National Review

    - My Father Left Me Ireland, Michael’s recent book

    - Jonah’s uncontroversial column

    - Michael’s response

    - Charlie Cooke’s response

    - Dan McLaughlin’s response

    - The Wednesday G-File

    - Trump urges Republicans not to vote 

    - Bill Kristol: “What About Joe?”

    - The Remnant with George Will

    - Remember the Obamacons?

    - Yuval Levin on nationalism and exceptionalism

    - Stalin’s War, by Sean McMeekin

    - Macron’s plan to reindustrialize France

    - Ross Douthat: “How Conservatives Can Reshape Education”

    - Charlie Kirk at his worst

    - Joe Rogan debates Sanjay Gupta

    - The Merrick Garland letter

    - The National School Boards Association letter

    - The Daily Signal’s bathroom story

    - The latest Dispatch Podcast

    - Norse mythology

    - David Harsanyi debates Sohrab Ahmari

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    • 1 hr 43 min
    Money Talks

    Money Talks

    Dust off your calculators, because beloved economic policy wonk Brian Riedl is back on The Remnant to discuss everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the federal budget, spending, taxes, and deficits. He also touches on the right’s curious lurch toward industrial policy and common good capitalism, and why conservatives and progressives alike can’t resist the prospect of a free lunch. Is the Laffer Curve a force for evil? How progressive is the U.S. tax code? And why is Joe Biden so determined to outspend Mack the Knife? 

     

    Show Notes:

    -Brian’s page at the Manhattan Institute

    -Brian’s previous Remnant appearance

    -Brian’s latest chart book

    -Simpson-Bowles and the art of budget negotiations

    -Brian in The Dispatch on taxing the rich

    -How does the U.S. tax code compare with other countries?

    -The great Nordic myth

    -Jack Kemp and tax reform

    -Al Gore and class warfare

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Authoritarian Mental Gestures

    Authoritarian Mental Gestures

    On today’s Ruminant, Jonah aims to set the record straight on a matter of international significance: Despite what the producers of American Crime Story would have you believe, he has never owned an oversized poster of Atlas Shrugged. Thankfully, this misunderstanding gives him an excuse to indulge in a nerdtastic exploration of the differences between objectivism and conservatism, the significance of religion to conservative belief, and the differences between conservatives and “men of the right.” There’s also a disquisition on social anxiety and Theodor Adorno’s idea of the “authoritarian personality,” as well as a rant on those who continue to minimize January 6. Plus, as a special treat for The Dispatch’s two-year anniversary, tune in to learn the intimate details of Jonah and Steve Hayes’ late night telephone conversations.

     

    Show Notes:

    -The Dispatch manifesto from two years ago

    -Today’s underwhelming job numbers

    -Whittaker Chambers’ review of Atlas Shrugged

    -The Remnant with George Will

    -George criticizes Whittaker Chambers

    -Al Felzenberg on George’s opposition to Spiro Agnew

    -Jonah ruminates on Richard Hofstadter

    -The Age of Reform, Hofstatder’s book on status anxiety

    -Hofstadter’s Social Darwinism in American Thought

    -The (underrated) Tyranny of Clichés

    -Theodor Adorno’s The Authoritarian Personality

    -Sally Satel: “The Experts Have Overlooked Authoritarians on the Left”

    -Karen Stenner’s The Authoritarian Dynamic

    -The Remnant with Joe Uscinski

    -Bring the villain forward

    -Jonah’s latest Special Report appearance

    -The January 6 subpoena saga

    -Dinesh D’Souza’s evil tweet

    -Jonah and Hugh Hewitt debate the alt-right in 2016

    -Jonah: “This Was Always the Plan”

    -Revelations from Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

    -The Remnant with Scott Gottlieb

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Full Gottlieb

    The Full Gottlieb

    Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb joins The Remnant for the first time to explore the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and what went wrong with America’s response last year. With cases falling nationally, Scott believes that the “pandemic phase” of the virus is drawing to a close. But we’re still remarkably unprepared for whatever the next pandemic might be. What were the successes and failures of Operation Warp Speed? How do natural immunity and vaccine immunity compare? And is Scott too deep in the pocket of Big Dairy to be trusted on the validity of yogurt expiration dates?

     

    Show Notes:

    -Scott’s new book, Uncontrolled Spread

    -Scott’s page at AEI

    -Alex Tabarrok (also known as Jack McKee) reviews Uncontrolled Spread

    -Scott on our failed pandemic prep

    -GOP officials and natural immunity

    -Jonah on the great pandemic freakout

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    • 59 min
    The Cheerful Pursuit

    The Cheerful Pursuit

    The incomparable George Will makes his long-awaited return to The Remnant to discuss his latest book, American Happiness and Discontents. As George writes in its introduction, “happiness has been elusive for this dyspeptic nation” in recent years. Together, he and Jonah examine why Americans have become so restless and what can be done to address the causes of their disaffection. They also discuss how populism should be understood, what it means to be a “faint-hearted originalist,” and how the degradation of America’s elite institutions can be reversed. Happy warriors and scowling primitives alike are encouraged to tune in.

     

    Show Notes:

    -The Dispatch manifesto from two years ago

    -George’s previous Remnant appearance

    -George’s new book, American Happiness and Discontents

    -George’s previous book, The Conservative Sensibility

    -George debates Oren Cass on creative destruction

    -Jonah on status anxiety

    -Charles Murray’s Coming Apart

    -Walter Berns on democracy

    -Graeme Wood on our elite surplus

    -Graeme Wood on The Remnant

    -Schumpeter’s Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy

    -Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals

    -George on the “1619 Project”

    -George on public choice theory

    -George on judicial review

    -“Conservatism is soiled by scowling primitives”

    -Hayek: “Why I’m Not a Conservative”

    -George reflects on his career and philosophical evolution

    -Jonah and George discuss conservatism on C-SPAN

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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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5.3K Ratings

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Very smart

I don’t always agree with Jonah, but think he’s very thoughtful and interesting

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An island of sanity.

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Like Listening to an Old Friend

The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg was my introduction to the world of political podcasts back in his National Review days, and like it says in the description, Jonah presents the kinds of discussions you wish were happening on the cable shout shows. It’s a mix of history, current events, pop culture, humor and heart with a wide array of guests that you really can’t find anywhere else. In addition to the “traditional” host/guest podcasts, he’s been experimenting with the format, offering either solo or “drive-time” Ruminants on the weekends (which can be delightfully freewheeling). I love and recommend it, not only because each episode teaches me something new and injects some much-needed humor into our crazy current events, but also because Jonah’s presentation makes me feel like I’m sitting in my living room listening to a wiser, more well-traveled old friend. (P.S. — I should also add how much I appreciate that the swears — rare though they might be — are usually bleeped out.)

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