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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.

    Ditching the Seating Chart

    Ditching the Seating Chart

    After filing a more-spirited-than-average G-File, Jonah joins us for the weekend Ruminant. Today, he talks about how certain individuals associated with Trump seem determined to end their careers in ignominy, as well as discussing many other phenomena, such as America’s oversaturation of elites, the necessity of reading people with whom you disagree, the inadequacy of applying the left-right spectrum to American politics, what the possible consolidation of fringe-right news stations might look like, and how genuine post-Trump conservatism “is almost, in certain way, the same as [if it was] pre-Trump.” And, of course, the most exciting news in Jonah’s world right now? How a calmer political environment means that he can write about more interesting stuff.

     

    Show Notes:

    -This week’s G-File

    -Tucker Carlson almost closes the circle, but doesn’t make it quite there

    -The entire Dispatch team descends on the Cuomo Emmy news

    -The “Iron Law of Oligarchy”

    -The midweek “news”letter

    -A legendary piece of Goldbergian hagiography – Gargoyles: Guardians of the Gate

    -The quotable Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    American Dynamism

    American Dynamism

    Jonah’s return to The Remnant features a guest with “The most important hair in public policy,” Ryan Streeter from AEI. While Ryan’s magnificent mane isn't captured in the final product, his spot-on analysis of the causes of American stagnation (and what we can do to get out of it) certainly are. Why is fulfilling work so hard to find for a great many Americans? Which of the structures meant to stand between the individual and the government do our current policy regimes totally fail to support? Are all politicians really just heartless hacks? And what factors are the advocates of working-class Republicanism forgetting when they envision the future of the party? Lucky for us, Ryan thinks about this kind of thing for a living, and therefore has more revealing answers than you may find anywhere else.

     

    Show Notes:

    -Ryan’s page at AEI

    -Imagine Blue Steel from Zoolander, but it’s Ryan’s hair

    -Longstanding anti-“poaching” measures within fast food companies

    -AEI’s research into civil society and volunteerism

    -To Empower People: The Role of Mediating Structures in Public Policy

    -Rubio and the supposed face-heel turn of “market fundamentalism”

    -Ryan called some of America’s restlessness back in 2011

    -The UCLA loneliness scale

    -Ben Carson, doing actual interesting things while no one pays attention

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Where Do We Go Now?

    Where Do We Go Now?

    Jonah the Globetrotter has once again scattered to the four winds, temporarily leaving The Remnant once more in the capable hands of David French. Today, David speaks with his good friend Yascha Mounk, contributor to The Atlantic and founder of Persuasion. Mounk talks us through the current conditions within mainstream media outlets and how those institutions have the opportunity to lower the temperature of American discourse now that Trump is leaving office. David also talks about how a Biden administration might be expected to behave, and Yascha mentions that much of the conventional wisdom about the presidential election results are not only misguided, but that they often “underestimate the intelligence of the American people.”

     

    Show Notes:

    -David’s newsletter, The French Press

    -Yascha’s new publication, Persuasion

    -David Shor’s 2020 postmortem

    -The earliest mention of “nutpicking” that the Remnant crew could find

    -Jonathan Haidt’s Heterodox Academy

    -“Beirut on the Charles”

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Propeller-Beanie Punditry

    Propeller-Beanie Punditry

    This week’s Ruminant sees Jonah reach his final form, as he begins with post-election punditry before seamlessly transitioning into a brand of deep-cut, Grade A political-nerd eggheadery the likes of which are rarely seen even on this vaunted podcast. Listen as Jonah effortlessly bounces in a positively pinball-esque manner between Whittaker Chambers, Orwell, AOC, Joe Manchin, James Burham, Cicero, and obscure Italian Communist Party intellectuals, in a display that will both amaze and delight.

     

    Show Notes:

    -This week’s Wednesday “news”letter

    -The genuine Friday G-File for this week

    -“Second Thoughts on James Burnham”

    -The Beaconsfield Position

    -This week’s Remnant with Kevin Williamson

    -Jonah’s column on Joe Manchin

    -“That bit from Cicero”

    -Jim Geraghty: “Trump was not stabbed in the back”

    -The Bureaucratisation of the World by Bruno Rizzi

    -Charles Murray’s By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    You Boys Must Be Crazy

    You Boys Must Be Crazy

    On today’s program, Jonah chats with an old friend who will definitely NOT polarize the Remnant audience whatsoever (If we wish hard enough then it has to come true, right?): National Review’s Kevin Williamson. Williamson is out with a new book, Big White Ghetto.  Jonah sets up Kevin for a heaping helping of rank punditry to start things off before moving into some book-talk and some eggheadery. In addition to Jonah’s efforts to make Kevin explicate his self-described political ideology (“anarcho-capitalist Eisenhower libertarian”), the two also discuss the ways in which America’s titular big white ghetto actually, well, became a ghetto, and what the solutions might be for the people who feel trapped in struggling communities. In Kevin’s mind, part of the issue is that no one in politics is comfortable saying something that is obviously true: “Cities and towns disaggregate and disincorporate over time, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. But this is also why I’m not running for office.”

     

    Show Notes:

    -Kevin’s new book, definitely in the running for “Greatest Subtitle Ever” – Big White Ghetto: Dead Broke, Stone-Cold Stupid, and High on Rage in the Dank Woolly Wilds of the “Real America”

    -Karl Rove: This election won’t be overturned

    -Gangsters don’t have a retirement plan

    -Conrad Black’s column

    -Dee Dee Myers appearing generally confused

    -Jonah’s piece on Republicans and cities

    -Kevin, reporting from Eastern Kentucky

    -The most recent Dispatch Podcast

    -Eisenhower’s response to the prospect of dropping nukes on Dien Bien Phu

    -The glories of Taco Villa

    -The Remnant with John McWhorter

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    • 1 hr 41 min
    The Trump Canon

    The Trump Canon

    In the Before Times, when we’d all walk around bookstores putting our dangerously diseased digits on various tomes without a care in the world, did you notice a recurring phenomenon? It’s been the case for the past few years that the nonfiction sections of any major bookstore are filled with a glut of “Trump era” books – either memoirs from officials, books attempting to psychologize the man himself, or vaguely rant-y polemics that are big on rhetoric but light on substance. What if, hypothetically, you wanted to torture yourself by entering a purgatory-like state in which you read around 150 of those things? That’s what Carlos Lozada – book critic for the Washington Post – did so that you don’t have to.

    Today, Jonah speaks with Lozada about how he was able to synthesize the “Trump canon” into a set of identifiable narratives about this moment in American politics, eventually resulting in his own new book, What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era.

    Show Notes:

    -Carlos’ book, What Were We Thinking

    -Jonah on The Greening of America: “Stupendously awful”

    -Miles Taylor, “senior administration official”?

    -“LODESTAR!”

    -The largely unread followup to  Fire and Fury

    -Don McGahn’s crazy 2 years in the administration

    -Carlos reviews Michael Cohen’s bizarre book

    -Solzhenitsyn in prison

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    • 1 hr 11 min

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B1l1 ,

Great show, hate the seque into the commercials.

It bugs me with every commercial. The segue is so smooth and yet abrupt enough that it breaks the conversation up and breaks the spell.

However I still find value in the show. Just a complaint about how the commercials are handled.

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Trump obsession.

Please get off the Trump focus. You come across as a crazy man who can’t get beyond the Trump moment.

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