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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.

    Reaganite Elegy

    Reaganite Elegy

    As Jonah predicted in the outro of yesterday’s Remnant episode, everything is indeed on fire. To help interpret what is perhaps the most chaotic news cycle in recent memory, Jonah is joined by Bulwark contributor Damon Linker.
    Tune in for Jonah and Damon’s referendum on newly selected VP candidate J.D. Vance, the state of the GOP at the 2024 convention, and the conversions of conservative think tanks. To close it out, they discuss the great Republican schism and the fallout of the Trump assassination attempt.
    Show Notes:
    —Damon’s Substack: Notes from the Middle Ground
    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 29 min
    Workin’ For a Livin’

    Workin’ For a Livin’

    On today’s episode of TheRemnant, Jonah’s guest is none other than Robert Doar, the president of the American Enterprise Institute. The two New Yorkers inevitably spend much of the episode quibbling over New York City. Fortunately for us, they also laud the Eisenhower administration and RFK’s (the first one, not the falcon one) DOJ, discuss the realities of the Jim Crow era and welfare reform, and dive into some top-tier AEI lore. Jonah remains obsessed with the topic of neoconservatism, so to close it all out, he drags Robert into the discourse.
    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 7 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
6.1K Ratings

6.1K Ratings

Taichung2018 ,

Entertaining, eggheads, full o’ heart

Listening to this podcast for a few years has taught me a lot, introduced me to some great ideas and people, and (honestly!) made me a more tolerant person. Whoever said “Be the change you want to see in the world,” they could’ve been talking about Jonah Goldberg.

All that said, I agree with his wife that doing the solo shows is probably bad for his mental health. So, Jonah, while I enjoy them a lot most of the time, I’d could live without them if it made the Fair Jessica happy.

Geoplanter ,

We’re all Soviets now

I’m a huge fan and admirer of Niall Ferguson; however, in this debate, Jonah handed Niall
his hat!

Great job Jonah. I agree with you wholeheartedly with respect to the USA vs. Soviet Union. America can be self-correcting.

RR8088 ,

Well…

Calling people “garbage” doesn’t help.

It took a lady getting punched in the face and the UN to act moronically for Jonah to work his way back to some hard conservative positions, but glad to hear it anyway Jonah lately uses his genius to split the difference rather than make a difference. I guess I would be one who he claims “catastrophizes” everything. I guess it’s fine to be outraged and prosecute a former president for his actions, but don’t be surprised when presidents that don’t control border, unilaterally try to forgive debt etc. suffer similar trials.. uncharted territory these days. Trump on blast in this one but as the public, in record numbers, retreat into gated communities, private schools (mainly for safety)and twitter enclaves, I wish Jonah would use his genius to truly battle the cultural trends. He seems forced by his business model to call the, admittedly ridiculous , extreme right blog posts “profoundly stupid” while ignoring all of absurd stuff going on around him. But have been with him since the ‘90s so will always check in with what he has to say. Why you leave out feckless (maybe corrupt) DAs, porous/dangerous borders, runaway spending, crime, public schools, etc etc in the equation of the “rube” Fox viewer is baffling to me. Maybe Fox hasn’t changed that much since 2015, but you have. I believe Susan Rosen was first to use term “crushing morosity” in a podcast which was hilarious. Need to give her a nod for it. The word “performative” is so weak sauce. (When you don’t want to agree with someone who actually voices a hardline conservative policy. ). It’s not as smart sounding as Jonah and his partner thinks it sounds. Jonah reclaims his 5 on this one. Really good conversation. Previous podcast-

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