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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.

    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
    Jonah and Draper’s Political Caper

    Jonah and Draper’s Political Caper

    Jonah and a brand new guest, Robert Draper of the New York Times, engage in punditry ranker than even the most devoted Remnant listener could imagine before gushing over Draper’s adorable canine companion. If that sounds like a retread of the week’s previous episode with A.B. Stoddard, fear not! Today’s dog talk is entirely spontaneous. The pair have Biden’s joint congressional address to dissect, and Draper has a fascinating new piece on Republican turmoil that stimulates plenty of conversation on internecine party warfare. Will partisanship destroy us all? Can the GOP be saved from insanity? And why do Jonah and Robert both recall Watergate with fondness?

    Show Notes:

    - Robert’s page at the New York Times

    - Robert’s latest piece, “Liz Cheney vs. MAGA”

    - “I’m a conservative, but I’m not angry about it”

    - “I am a gaffe machine”

    - Dispatch Live reacts to Biden’s first joint congressional address

    - Ross Douthat: “Biden Should Go Big, and Then Brag About It”

    - Ross Douthat: “What Bidenism Owes to Trumpism”

    - The Jason Miller tweet that stole Jonah’s heart

    - Trump discovers “America First”

    - The week’s first Remnant with A.B. Stoddard

    - Mark Leibovich on Kevin McCarthy

    - David Brooks: “The GOP is Getting Worse”

    - Jonah: “Unity Can Be Worse Than Partisanship”

    - Karl Rove’s “100-year majority”

    - The Wednesday G-File 

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Two Parties, Both Alike in Crazy

    Two Parties, Both Alike in Crazy

    Remnant favorite A.B. Stoddard joins Jonah today for an episode of exceedingly rank punditry. The pair discuss how President Biden has fared in his first 100 days, Donald Trump’s lingering presence within the GOP, and why both parties can’t help but be nutty. Tune in for political eggheadery, but stick around for uplifting dog discussion. A.B. has just taken in a new puppy (Chief!), and Jonah is as excited as he can be.

     

    Show Notes:

    -A.B.’s page at RealClearPolitics

    -Dispatch Live gears up for Biden’s first joint address to Congress

    -A.B.’s last Remnant appearance

    -Ramesh Ponnuru: “Biden’s Stalled Revolution”

    -Joe Biden talks to Hunter “at least every night”

    -Biden: GOP used “defund the police” to “beat the living hell out of Democrats”

    -Robert Draper: “Liz Cheney vs. MAGA”

    -Mark Leibovich: “Kevin McCarthy Still on Defensive Over Trump”

    -The McCarthy-Cheney Trump divide deepens

    -Mick Mulvaney on The Dispatch Podcast

    -Lindsey Graham gave up on Trump, then embraced him again

    -Don’t call John Boehner a squish

    -Heeeere’s Chief!

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    • 1 hr 29 min

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Glopolicious ,

Please do more drive-time ruminants

I could do with one of these a week. So fun with the younger guys in there

arifan1gabi ,

Social Darwinism episode

This episode was fantastic please do more

evjd ,

Science and political thought

Jonah, the Social Darwinism program was very thought provoking. It appears that at the end of the 18th century, pols wanted a “scientific” basis on which to guide political thought and action. Devastating results: excuse for various isms. Are we any different with current pols relying on science to rule political decisions with some recent devastating results? Political/historical thinking should be mindful of past thought but trying to say history or politics is a science is just as incorrect now as in the past history you discussed. Thank you

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