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In “The Remnant," Jonah Goldberg enlists a “Cannonball Run”-style cast of stars, has-beens, and never-weres to address the most pressing issues of the day. Is America doomed? Has liberalism failed? And will mankind ever invent something better than ‘90s-era “Simpsons?” Mixing political history, pop culture, rank punditry, and shameless book-plugging, Goldberg and guests will have the kinds of conversations we wish they featured on TV. And the nudity will (almost) always be tasteful. Brace your bingo cards.

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In “The Remnant," Jonah Goldberg enlists a “Cannonball Run”-style cast of stars, has-beens, and never-weres to address the most pressing issues of the day. Is America doomed? Has liberalism failed? And will mankind ever invent something better than ‘90s-era “Simpsons?” Mixing political history, pop culture, rank punditry, and shameless book-plugging, Goldberg and guests will have the kinds of conversations we wish they featured on TV. And the nudity will (almost) always be tasteful. Brace your bingo cards.

    Brownshirt Goon Squad Cosplayers

    Brownshirt Goon Squad Cosplayers

    This week’s Ruminant is dedicated to the devoted gnostic scholars of “Trumpism,” the Holy Grail of embattled conservative intellectuals and political toadies alike. Jonah also addresses the new elephant in the room: Project 2025 (consider our fact check on the discourse as mandatory reading). Blame the early hour, but Jonah also finds himself regressing to his days of media criticism, and even doubles down with media criticism-criticism. For dessert, he responds to comments on his debate with Niall Ferguson.

    The Remnant is a production of The Dispatch, a digital media company covering politics, policy, and culture from a non-partisan, conservative perspective. To access all of The Dispatch’s offerings—including Jonah’s G-File newsletter, weekly livestreams, and other members-only content—click here.

    —Eliana Johnson: “Meet the Harvard whiz kid who wants to explain Trumpism”
    —The Dispatch fact-checks Project 2025
    —Wednesday’s G-File
    —Jonah debates Niall Ferguson on The Remnant: Is America a late-stage Soviet country?
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    We Aren’t All Soviets Now ... Or Are We? | Jonah Goldberg vs. Niall Ferguson

    We Aren’t All Soviets Now ... Or Are We? | Jonah Goldberg vs. Niall Ferguson

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the octagon! The summer of 2024 has been one of epic feuds: Kendrick Lamar vs. Drake, Joe Biden vs. George Clooney, and, most notably, Jonah vs. Hoover Institute fellow and Free Press columnist Niall Ferguson.
    Jonah and Niall duke it out over the latter’s controversial claim: that America is the new Soviet Union. Jonah says nyet. Questions fly and accusations abound. Why is U.S. life expectancy declining? Is Jonah in denial? Is Niall just a provocateur? This match-up covers it all: the distinction between excess freedom and excess repression, why fentanyl is different than vodka, what causes deaths of despair, how illiberalism shapes both institutions and social outcomes, and what Cold War II could look like. As for the title-winner? We’ll let you be the judge, comrade.
    Show Notes:
    —Niall Ferguson: “We’re All Soviets Now”
    —Jonah Goldberg: “No, We Are Not Living in ‘Late Soviet America”
    —The Twitter Spat
    —“The Flight 93 Election”
    —“Why Socialism Failed in the United States”
    —Joseph Schumpeter: “Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy”
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    An Island of Misfit Tories

    An Island of Misfit Tories

    We’ve heard the English countryside is lovely in July, so The Remnant is taking a vacation. Daniel Hannan, member of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom, stops by to discuss last week’s historic British elections. The Conservatives have taken a beating, a new prime minister takes the helm, and exceptions are acknowledged. Daniel and Jonah bridge the gap between American and British politics, prod at Trumpery and its Farage-ian offshoot, and take a day trip to France to investigate the popular front and the far-right.
    Show Notes:
    —Jonathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis
    The Remnant is a production of The Dispatch, a digital media company covering politics, policy, and culture from a non-partisan, conservative perspective. To access all of The Dispatch’s offerings—including Jonah’s G-File newsletter, weekly livestreams, and other members-only content—click here.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Get Serious, People

    Get Serious, People

    Independence Day is in the rearview mirror, and the party is over at the Goldberg dojo. On today’s episode, Jonah airs some grievances with the current state of political discourse: the Democratic Party is screwing the pooch, Vice President Kamala Harris is burdened by what has been and more burdened by what can be, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is overrated, etc. Further ruminations cover executive privilege, the mystique of the Serbian Black Hand, and quotations from the book of Coolidge.
    Show Notes:
    -A Brief History of Executive Privilege
    -Coolidge's address
    —The super-mega-extravagant episode of Advisory Opinions
    —This week’s Dispatch Podcast
    The Remnant is a production of The Dispatch, a digital media company covering politics, policy, and culture from a non-partisan, conservative perspective. To access all of The Dispatch’s offerings—including Jonah’s G-File newsletter, weekly livestreams, and other members-only content—click here. 
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Repeat After Mimesis

    Repeat After Mimesis

    Luke Burgis, author and professor of business at the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship, grants Jonah a well-deserved break from punditry with a crash course in mimetic theory. René Girard takes center stage as Luke and Jonah discuss the roots of human desire; how such desires lead to tribalism, conflict, and violence; and the relationship between mimetic processes and social discord. Scapegoats and gossip abound as Luke schools both high-minded Remnant listeners and theoretical normies on the psychology of nepotism, institutional debacles, and mob mentalities.
    Show Notes:
    —Luke’s website
    —Rob Henderson on luxury beliefs: Troubled: A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class
    The Remnant is a production of The Dispatch, a digital media company covering politics, policy, and culture from a non-partisan, conservative perspective. To access all of The Dispatch’s offerings—including Jonah’s G-File newsletter, weekly livestreams, and other members-only content—click here.
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Caddy Issues

    Caddy Issues

    To repent for his absence and abbreviated Ruminant, Jonah bequeaths listeners a special live episode, featuring American Enterprise Institute all-stars Chris Stirewalt and Yuval Levin. Together, the trio conducts a presidential debate post-mortem. Is it finally time for the Democratic Party to face the music? Have we reached the endgame of a nightmare political era? What is a golf handicap? Topics outside debate-gate include the Supreme Court verdict in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, George Washington’s basement crypt in the Capitol, and the dangers of ultra-transparent governance.
    Show Notes:
    —Yuval Levin: American Covenant: How the Constitution Unified Our Nation-and Could Again
    —Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
    The Remnant is a production of The Dispatch, a digital media company covering politics, policy, and culture from a non-partisan, conservative perspective. To access all of The Dispatch’s offerings—including Jonah’s G-File newsletter, weekly livestreams, and other members-only content—click here.
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    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
6.1K Ratings

6.1K Ratings

Parker.676 ,

An enlightening though sometimes frustrating podcast

Mr. Goldberg and an irredeemable globalist but speaks regularly and thoughtfully on political topics of the day and is worth listening to. I prefer his solo podcasts on the weekend over those with guests during the week.

Patsy-2 ,

Brilliant Brit!

An enlightening and entertaining episode! Have him back, please!

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Yuval Levin

Again, great podcast. Many things to learn and understand better. Thanks!

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