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The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg

English, Conservative Talk (US), 1 season, 811 episodes, 3 hours, 57 minutes
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In 'The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg,' the eponymous 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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Panics and Maniacs

Jonah picks a fight with the alts—both left and right—on this episode of TheRuminant, with a healthy dose of both-sides-are-wrong argumentation. Tune in for thoughts on Justice Samuel Alito’s flag-gate, President Joe Biden’s commencement speech at Morehouse College, and America’s proud (?) history of moral panics. Show Notes: —AO episode on Alito flag incident —Biden’s Morehouse College commencement address —Ken Pollack on The Remnant —Countries recognizing a Palestinian state —Michael Warren’s piece on the Mar-A-Lago raid Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/25/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 50 seconds
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Theological Jurisprudence

Ken Pollack, a Remnant all-star and senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Jonah for an extended discussion on the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and the race to be the supreme leader’s successor. The two also get into the various Iran appeasement campaigns, Biden’s approach to Israel, and the necessity of the United Nations. Show Notes: —Reuters reporting on the Ayatollah’s successor —Ken’s profile at AEI —Ken’s profile at Georgetown —Ken’s most recent book, Armies of Sand: The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness —This week’s Dispatch Live Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/20241 hour, 44 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Garden of Earthly Barbarians

Jonah invites Alison Gopnik, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, to discuss the ideal way to raise little barbarians—also known as human babies. The two weed through the metaphors of garden parenting vs. carpentry parenting and the need of being needed before making a small segue into caregiving policy ideas. (The government can’t love you, Jonah!) Show Notes: —Friedrich von Hayek’s Nobel Prize speech —Jonathan Haidt on The Remnant —Tim Carney on The Remnant —Sarah Hardy’s book on mothers —Paul Bloom on The Remnant —AEI’s social survey —Alison Gopnik’s “Theory theory” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/22/20241 hour, 23 minutes, 47 seconds
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Man vs. Bear, Revisited

Stranded on a highway, gazing into the smoggy horizon, Jonah contemplates plaintively social media's latest display of statistical illiteracy demonstrated by a proclaimed preference of many women to be stranded alone with a bear, rather than a man. If you were wondering why you all didn't receive a G-File today, ladies and gentlemen, there you have it. Show Notes:  —Nick Catoggio’s “Never Trump” piece —Wednesday G-File —Last week’s Dispatch Podcast —Megan McArdle on man vs. bear —Jean Twenge on The Remnant —Jonathan Haidt on The Remnant —Liberal Fascism —Yesterday’s Dispatch Podcast —The Remnant on prices —Ghosted by Nancy French Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/18/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 19 seconds
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Fair Markets for Me, Protectionism for Thee

Get your bingo cards at the ready, because Jonah is joined by Ryan Bourne—a policy scholar at the Cato Institute and author of The War on Prices: How Popular Misconceptions about Inflation, Prices, and Value Create Bad Policy—for a decisively wonky Remnant on all things prices. What are prices? Why doesn’t price fixing work? And what's up with the libertarians? Show Notes: —Ryan's new book The War on Prices: How Popular Misconceptions about Inflation, Prices, and Value Create Bad Policy —Ryan’s profile at Cato —Economics in One Virus: An Introduction to Economic Reasoning through COVID-19 —Suicide of the West Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/20241 hour, 25 minutes, 56 seconds
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On Vibes and Crises

Voters weighing actual policy positions? A man can dream. No, it’ll be vibes—not issues—driving voters to the polls in November. Jonah invites Seth Masket, director of the Center on American Politics at the University of Denver, on today’s episode of The Remnant to commiserate over the sorry status of the current American electorate, Sister Souljah strategies, and the lack of centrist Democrats. Show Notes: —Seth’s newsletter —Why anti-Biden books aren't selling —Seth's previous appearance on The Remnant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/15/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Straussian Tangent*

What peeves Jonah about the Biden administration’s increasingly hostile stance towards Israel isn’t just the geopolitical recklessness, but also the political incompetence. This Ruminant is a fuming rant about abandoning allies, the Cult of Youth, and the war against all things normal. Jonah also responds to the drama he stirred up among the anti-Trump (and anti-anti-Trump) crowd. Show Notes: —This week’s episode of The Dispatch Podcast —Jonah’s tweet about anti-Trumpers and Biden —Tim Miller’s response —Chuck Toddcast with Jonah —The Fierce Urgency of Tao Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/11/20241 hour, 19 minutes, 51 seconds
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As American as Diabetes

Back from his trip to the Commentary offices in New York, Jonah is joined by Kevin Williamson to discuss his review of fatherhood so far, Jonah’s thoughts on the Broadway production of Tommy, and the corrupting influence of populism. The two also get into the state of U.S.-Israel relations and why rooting for your team is easier than reading Hayek. Stick around to learn about Kevin’s sorry football career. Show Notes: —NYT article on a pro-Trump non-profit —Revolutions podcast —The Remnant with John Podhoretz —Michael Brendan Dougherty’s piece on Sam Francis —Biden interview with CNN —Poll on the most important issues for college kids Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/20241 hour, 31 minutes
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The Great Wimpification

Jonah drops by Commentary’s New York headquarters and holds John Podhoretz hostage for an hour and a half to discuss the Jews, Suicide of the West, and the allure of fame and TV. Stay tuned for a history of Commentary’s geographical history (who asked?), the decline of American journalism (spoilers!), and optimism about the future (really?). Also, happy birthday to The Fair Jessica. Show Notes: —"MIT ends Diversity Statements in Faculty Hiring" —Civil War (2024) —"The Collapse of the News Industry Is Taking Its Soul Down With It" —"Conservatives in the Mist" coverage by NYT —Jeff Goldberg's loss is our gain Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/20241 hour, 31 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Ruminant of Infinity

Spurred by Robert Kagan’s new book, Rebellion: How Antiliberalism Is Tearing America Apart--Again, and by Thursday’s Remnant, Jonah spends the majority of this interminable episode responding to Kagan’s critique of conservatism, from contextualizing William F. Buckley’s role on the right to recounting the left's history of intellectual anti-liberalism. Also, kudos to the frat bros who saved the American flag. Show Notes: —Jonah’s Wednesday G-File —"Metabolic rift" wiki page —King-Slutzky answers questions —Gee Officer Krupke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/4/20241 hour, 42 minutes, 26 seconds
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Will the Real Anti-Liberal Please Stand Up?

Jonah is joined by Robert Kagan—a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of Rebellion: The Antiliberal Tradition That Is Tearing America Apart - Again—to debate Robert’s theory on the anti-liberal history of conservatism and why he thinks Trump is a logical product of the American right. Show Notes: —Robert’s profile at Brookings —Robert’s new book —Why the South Must Prevail —Miles Taylor’s book, Blowback: A Warning to Save Democracy from the Next Trump Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 7 seconds
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Korematsu and Vegetables

Jonah invites Sarah onto The Remnant to grill her on her sociopathic “subtweet,” debate the ethics of killing dogs, and peer into the minds of anti-Israeli student protesters. But for the main course, the two argue about Trump’s immunity case. Listeners’ discretion is advised. Show Notes: —Sarah's solo AO episode —David's return to AO —Korematsu v. United States —Nick Catoggio's Boiling Frogs newsletter on Kristi Noem —Centennial Crisis: The Disputed Election of 1876 —Join The Dispatch for access to our exclusive Skiff feed Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/20241 hour, 23 minutes, 58 seconds
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Stress the System

Jonah begins by ruminating on the Supreme Court oral arguments for Donald Trump’s immunity case and explains why he doesn’t understand how people could be sympathetic towards the former president. He then turns to the Heritage Foundation’s spat with Erick Erickson before getting to the Columbia protests and Elon Musk’s surprisingly apt observation on the oppressor-oppressed paradigm. Show Notes: —Word of South festival —Advisory Opinions on the oral arguments —The Collision on the oral argument —Dispatch Podcast roundtable —Ukraine: The Latest with Jonah —Erick Erickson’s article on free markets —George Packer's piece in The Atlantic —Elon Musk’s tweet —Columbia student who said Zionists don’t deserve to live Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/27/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 5 seconds
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Hillbilly Übermensch

Audio doppelgänger Chris Stirewalt joins Jonah on today’s episode of The Remnant to venture through the polluted backwaters of media conglomerates and uncover a whole host of “whataboutism” garbage: the rise of antisemitism on campuses, the media bias in covering these protests, and the terrorist chants coming from the mouths of these students. The two also opine on the faces adorning a far-right fecal Mt. Rushmore, including the likes of Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar. They discuss more serious matters as well, such as the current snapshot of poll numbers and whether or not Stormy Daniels is a porn “star” or just an actress. Show notes: —What's the Matter with Kansas? by Thomas Frank —"What's the Matter with Kansas?" by William Allen White —Chris Stirewalt's Remnant episode with Tyler Austin Harper —Bloomberg: Biden Trails Trumps —Chris' piece for The Dispatch on Nevada's poll numbers —The Hill's election center —Nikki Haley voters in Pennsylvania —Gallup: Americans showing average enthusiasm for voting in 2024 —Jonah’s appearance on a CNN panel with Lulu Garcia-Navarro —Students chant "Go back to Poland!" —Piece on Mike Johnson in The Atlantic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/25/20241 hour, 19 minutes, 55 seconds
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Trust the Scientism

Jesse Singal makes his Remnant debut to discuss his piece for The Dispatch on the Cass Review and the problem with the current consensus about gender transition treatments for children. The two debate the question of social contagion and the difficulties in reporting on "The Science." Show Notes: —Jesse Singal's piece for The Dispatch —Hannah Barnes on Blocked and Reported —Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar's Search for Justice Middle finger to Galileo —Tics and TikTok —Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now —Coverage on the shooting of Jacob Blake —Will Saletan's piece for Slate on GMOs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/24/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 9 seconds
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Losing Patience With Dumbassery

After fending off the voices coming from inside his walls, Jonah begins today’s Ruminant by discussing the latest entry in the House Speakership saga and Marjorie Taylor Greene’s incoherent foreign policy. He then turns to the recent pro-Palestinian protests and how their facing consequences is a sign of nature healing. Stick around for the usual intellectual history nerdery. Show Notes: —Boiling Frogs on Mike Johnson —Dispatch Politics on Mike Johnson —Wanderland on MTG’s appeasement and Neville Chamberlain —Boiling Frogs on Joe Biden’s “Sister Souljah moment” —Friday’s Dispatch Podcast —Activist threatening Bakersfield city council —The Remnant with Nancy French —Ukraine: The Latest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/20/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 17 seconds
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Tucker Carlson, King of the Isolationists

Eli Lake, The Remnant’s resident bloodthirsty war hawk, returns to the pod to break down the situation with Israel and Iran. The two get into why America has no strategic vision on Iran, the growing alliance of left- and right-wing isolationists, and how Tucker Carlson has become so unhinged. Show Notes: —Eli’s profile at The Free Press —Eli’s piece on Tucker Carlson and Russia —Eli's piece on the FBI —The Remnant with Nancy French Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/20241 hour, 24 minutes
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Fancy Nancy

Jonah is joined by author, speechwriter, and ghostwriter Nancy French to discuss her new book, Ghosted: An American Story. Nancy tells the tale of how she came to meet the permanent guest host of Advisory Opinions (who is now dead to Jonah), how the Republican Party’s embrace of Donald Trump left her and her family ostracized, and also gives an update on her battle with cancer. Show Notes: —Ghosted: An American Story —Bristol Palin’s book, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far —Nancy’s investigation into abuse at a Christian camp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/17/20241 hour, 22 minutes, 41 seconds
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Political Palates

Jonah opens up this week’s Ruminant with an indulgent diatribe against Top Chef and Wisconsin cheese. He then pivots toward even more divisive topics, such as Trump’s abortion statement and the messiah-like energy around Barack Obama. Then our culinary-political connoisseur goes on an epicurean journey of topics: hostile work environments, the problems with binary choices, and the definition of a liberal. Show Notes: —Jonah's Wednesday G-File —Friday's Dispatch Podcast roundtable —Top Chef Wisconsin Cheese Festival recap —American Masters: "The Incomparable Mr. Buckley" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/13/20241 hour, 28 minutes, 40 seconds
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Bad Leaders, Wrong Turns

Jonah is joined by Dr. Einat Wilf—a former member of Israel's Labor Party and author of The War of Return: How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream Has Obstructed the Path to Peace. They discuss Israel's failure to reckon with antisemitism in the pro-Palestinian movement, how the two-state solutions got derailed, and what bad leadership means for the future of the conflict. Show Notes: —Dr. Wilf’s website —Dr. Wilf on the history of Zionism and UNRWA —Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 10 seconds
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Hillbillies in the Mist

Was it your racism or economic despair that made you vote for Donald Trump? That’s the question media outlets are asking white people in the Rust Belt and Appalachia, much to the dismay of guest-host Chris Stirewalt. In today’s episode of The Remnant, Chris is joined by Tyler Austin Harper—a professor at Bates College—to discuss hispiece for The Atlantic critiquing White Rural Rage: The Threat to American Democracy. Join the two as they break down coastal journalists’ mischaracterizations of rural America, the disdain for these Americans, and why it’s good to interact with people culturally different than yourself. Show Notes: —Harper for The Atlantic: Polyamory, the Ruling Class’s Latest Fad —A new AP-NORC poll shows Americans still agree on most core American values —Tim Carney’s book, Family Unfriendly: How Our Culture Made Raising Kids Much Harder Than It Needs to Be Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/10/202457 minutes, 9 seconds
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Goldfish Memories

Frazzled and under-caffeinated, Jonah jogs through some sundry punditry, from the state of The Federalist Society to beltway media’s bipartisan fixation with pounces. Show Notes: —This week's Dispatch Podcast roundtable discussion —Advisory Opinions episode on the Federalist Society —Advisory Opinions episode on federal judges visiting Israel —Gregg T. Nunziata's piece for The Dispatch —Nigel Tufnel via The Simpson's fan Wiki —Michael Weiss on Dispatch Live —J. D. Vance's tweet on Havana Syndrome report —Jonah's G-File on blowhards —Chef José Andrés reaction to World Central Kitchen deaths —No Labels reporting from The Dispatch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/6/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 41 seconds
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What's Russia Planning

On today’s episode of The Remnant, Jonah attempts to live out his closeted dream of becoming an American spy by diving into a report titled "The Kremlin's Occupation Playbook: Coerced Russification and Ethnic Cleansing in Occupied Ukraine." He is joined by Karolina Hird, author of the report, to discuss the Kremlin’s heartbreaking tactic of deporting and forcibly adopting Ukrainian children, a ploy designed to alter the demographic fabric of the occupied territories. Hear about the critical issue of delayed aid to Ukraine, Russia's strategic use of timing on the battlefield, and the strictly censored Russian media landscape that stifles authentic discourse on the conflict. Show Notes: —Karolina Hird's profile at the Institute for the Study of War —Interactive Map: Russia's Invasion of Ukraine —ISW's Ukraine Conflict Updates page Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 51 seconds
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How Is India Doing?

In a refreshing break from rank punditry, Jonah is joined by Sadanand Dhume—a Wall Street Journal columnist and senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute who specializes in South Asian political economy—to answer the question: How is India doing? Dhume also gives a lesson on the religious demographics in India and how the caste system actually works. Show Notes: —Dhume at the Wall Street Journal —Dhume’s book, My Friend the Fanatic: Travels with a Radical Islamist —Dhume: Indian Muslims Flunk the Israel Test Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/3/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 1 second
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The Mediocre Idiots of Monocausality

Jonah ruminates on the UN Special Rapporteur’s report alleging genocide in Gaza and the minimization of sexual violence on October 7. And if you weren’t day-drinking yet, he then kvetches about lousy concepts of social justice, the Ronna McDaniel-NBC News controversy, and the growing urge to oversimplify complex topics with monocausal explanations. Show Notes: —UN Special Rapporteur’s report —ABC News report on random punching incident —Protests at Vanderbilt —Jonah’s LA Times article on October 9 —John Spencer —The Remnant with Jonathan Haidt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/30/20241 hour, 32 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Mediocre Idiots of Monocausality

Jonah ruminates on the UN Special Rapporteur's report alleging genocide in Gaza and the minimization of sexual violence on October 7. And if you weren't day-drinking yet, he then kvetches about lousy concepts of social justice, the Ronna McDaniel-NBC News controversy, and the growing urge to oversimplify complex topics with monocausal explanations.Show Notes: —UN Special Rapporteur's report —ABC News report on random punching incident —Protests at Vanderbilt —Jonah's LA Times article on October 9 —John Spencer —The Remnant with Jonathan Haidt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/30/20241 hour, 32 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Great Rewiring of Childhood

Jonathan Haidt makes his long-heralded return to The Remnant to discuss his new book, The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness. He and Jonah discuss the unique issues facing Gen Z and the mental health crisis brought on by the proliferation of smartphones and social media. And unlike many other public intellectuals, Haidt has solutions. In regular Remnant fashion, Jonah also steers the conversation into the differences between the French and English Enlightenment, and how understandings of human nature can affect how we parent. Show Notes: —The Coddling of the American Mind —The Remnant with Rob Henderson —The Remnant with Tim Carney —What the Web Needs: More Gated Communities —New York Magazine on the freedom of sex —Hayek's Nobel speech —Heterodox Academy website —Let Grow website —The Anxious Generation website Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 11 seconds
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Grandma Was Right

Rob Henderson, a psychologist and author, makes his Remnant debut to discuss his new book Troubled: A Memoir of Family, Foster Care, and Social Class. Growing up in poverty and moving through multiple foster homes in California, Henderson noticed a disparity between elite beliefs and the actual tools he used to climb the social ladder. The two explore this concept of "luxury beliefs," our screwed up foster care system, the arguments for mandatory public service, and more. Show Notes: —Rob's newsletter —Rasmussen report on Affirmative Action —The Remnant with Brad Wilcox —The Remnant with Tim Carney —Atomic Habits —Charles Murray's review of Rob's book Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/27/20241 hour, 28 minutes, 31 seconds
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Whigged Out

Jonah reaches new heights of self-indulgence on today's Ruminant, explaining why he's a soft Whig and why Romanticism is making everything worse. Devoted listeners will be quick to catch a whiff of Suicide of the West as Jonah veers to discuss the origin of identity politics and the structural resilience of liberal democracies. Have your bingo cards and German dictionaries at the ready. Show Notes: —The Remnant with Allen Guelzo —Jonah: Days of Future Past —Suicide of the West —Orwell's Notes on Nationalism —Wednesday's G-File —The Remnant with Tim Carney Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/23/20241 hour, 27 minutes, 30 seconds
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Make More Kids

Having endured years of Jonah's targeted bullying campaign, AEI senior fellow Tim Carney joins the pod to celebrate the release of his new book Family Unfriendly: How Our Culture is Making it Harder to Raise Happy, Healthy, and Successful Children. The two discuss why millennials aren’t having kids, why being a father in public is stigmatized, and whether feminism is undoing itself. Show Notes: -Germany’s birth rates are dropping -Rethinking Sex: A Provocation -Wild Problems: A Guide to the Decisions That Define Us -Michelle Goldberg on Family Friendly in the New York Times Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/20241 hour, 22 minutes, 4 seconds
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Our Ancient Faith

Jonah invites prolific historian, scholar, and author Allen C. Guelzo, to discuss his new book, Our Ancient Faith: Lincoln, Democracy, and the American Experiment, and has plenty of questions: What does Abraham Lincoln tell us about democracy? Why did Lincoln call himself a conservative? What went wrong with the revolutions of the 1840s?  What does Lincoln tell us about the rise of post-liberalism? Stay tuned for the usual highfalutin discussions on conservative intellectual history. Show Notes: —Our Ancient Faith: Lincoln, Democracy, and the American Experiment —Guelzo's website —Christopher DeMuth: Why America Needs National Conservatism Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/20/20241 hour, 43 minutes, 28 seconds
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War Pigs

Jonah overcomes his flu-induced hallucinations and ruminates on the current attempt by Congress to force a sale of TikTok and Trump's suspicious flip-flop on the issue. The hallucinations reappearing, Jonah begins to complain about the bots on Twitter making dumb arguments for isolationism and ending Ukraine aid. With whatever sanity he has left he argues against Chuck Schumer's call for new elections in Israel and explains the importance of commitment to allies. Show Notes: —The Dispatch editorial —Boiling Frogs on TikTok divestment —ISW: The Kremlin's Occupation Playbook —Jonah's LA Times article on the use of "genocide" —Sen. Schumer calls for new elections in Israel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/16/202459 minutes, 1 second
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Destroying Hamas

Dan Senor, author of The Genius of Israel: The Surprising Resilience of a Divided Nation in a Turbulent World and host of Call Me Back with Dan Senor, returns to discuss the state of Israel's war against Hamas as the IDF begins to move into Rafah. How is Israeli society holding up? What should we make of growing accusations of genocide? Can Israel achieve its military objectives? What do Israelis think about American politics? And what is does future for Jews in America look like? Show Notes: —Tablet: How the Gaza Ministry of Health Fakes Casualty Numbers —John Podhoretz: They’re Coming After Us —Dan Senor's previous appearance on The Remnant —Jonah: The Many Problems With Accusing Israel of ‘Genocide’ in Gaza Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/20241 hour, 31 minutes, 37 seconds
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Be Less Thirsty

Chris Stirewalt, the Arby's of punditry and host of The Hill Sunday, was so eager to return to The Remnant that he joined in the midst of another episode. Awkwardness overcome, the two tackle the big questions: Why can't we learn our lesson? Where are Nikki Haley voters going come November? How should we interpret primary turnout? When will the reckoning come? And why can't democrats figure out crime? Chris "Unpledged Delegate" Stirewalt has the answers. Show Notes: —The Hill Sunday —Jonah's LA Times column on the GOP establishment —Skiff AMA 3 —Dune Part Two Skiff Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/13/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 32 seconds
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Take a Deep Breath

Jonah reassures listeners on today’s Ruminant that this election is not a Flight 93 election and America as we know it will not end come January 2025. He then turns to comment on the Supreme Court ruling that Colorado can’t disqualify Trump from their ballots and the growing treatment of presidents as monarchs. And just as you thought you avoided more State of the Union rank punditry... Show Notes: —G-File: Apocalypse Not —The Dispatch editorial: The American People Should Demand Better —Advisory Opinions on the Colorado SCOTUS decision —The Dispatch's new newsletter Techne —The Skiff on Dune: Part Two Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/9/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Gene Genie

The last time Razib Khan—a geneticist and author of the Unsupervised Learning Substack—appeared on The Remnant to discuss genes and behavior, Jonah couldn’t resist focusing their conversation exclusively on canines. Today, Razib is finally back to explore the genetic makeup of the world’s second most important animal, human beings. He and Jonah try to keep the science simple and the nudity tasteful as they explore some highfalutin topics: How has our knowledge of genetics evolved over time? What can our genes tell us about our ancestors? And are genes the ultimate predictor of intelligence and disease? Show Notes: - Razib’s Substack, Unsupervised Learning - Razib: “The Longer I Live, the Wronger I Get to Be” - Razib interviews Chris Stringer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 7 seconds
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Bad Habits

How do habits influence behavior? Significantly, according to returning Remnant favorite Cass Sunstein, Harvard professor and co-author of the new book Look Again: The Power of Noticing What Was Always There. In it, he argues that breaking habits and routines can enable us to find greater fulfillment in life. But why did humans evolve to acquire habits in the first place? How do habits desensitize us? And how can we encourage people to adopt healthy habits of the heart? Show Notes: - Cass’ new book, Look Again - Cass and co-author Tali Sharot on how we become habituated to horrible things  - Cass’ Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/6/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 23 seconds
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Bored Out of Their Minds

Jonah, used and abused by CNN, is prepared to deliver a level of rank punditry not yet seen in legacy media. He begins today's episode of The Ruminant by eulogizing Mitch McConnell's tenure in the Senate, noting the positive correlation between disdain for McConnell and general unseriousness. Briefly touching on the state of primaries and Biden's low popularity, he then explains his most recent G-File on Aaron Bushnell's suicide and how boredom is (not so slowly) killing us. Stick around for some ruminations on his episode with James Kirchick. Show Notes: —G-File on boredom —The Remnant with James Kirchik —Principles First conference Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/2/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 56 seconds
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Too Cool for School

If the American Enterprise Institute were a prison, education policy scholars Rick Hess and Michael McShane would be the leaders of its most feared inmate gang. Today, they join Jonah not simply to pressure him into swearing loyalty, but to discuss their new book, Getting Education Right: A Conservative Vision for Improving Early Childhood, K-12, and College. It’s no secret that America’s education system is struggling, but what can actually be done to reform it? What does it mean to be a conservative in education? Are teachers paid enough? And does the Department of Education have any reason to exist? Show Notes: -Rick’s page at AEI -Mike’s page at AEI -Rick and Mike’s new book, Getting Education Right -The Remnant with Brad Wilcox -Rick and Mike: “The Past and Future of Education Reform” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/29/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 58 seconds
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Queer Factors

Today’s episode of The Remnant features James Kirchick, the prolific pundit and author of Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington. Recently, James published an essay in Liberties that examined how gay culture has changed in American life since the 1980s. But despite the success of the gay rights movement, LGBTQ issues remain prominent in the culture war. Why is this the case? Where do we go from here? And how would Jonah’s grandpa feel about this episode? Show Notes: —Watch this episode on YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/28/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 56 seconds
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Relearning the Basics

Jonah attempts to avoid the straitjacket while The Fair Jessica is away, so he decides to spend an hour talking to himself in a dark basement. He goes through a number of topics to make even the most excitable eggheads nauseated, from the fad of stay-at-home girlfriends (why milk the cow ladies?) to Biden’s irresponsible dog ownership. Jonah regains sanity for a second to talk about the Alabama Supreme Court's IVF ruling before hallucinating about rodents and going gonzo on Tucker's trip to Russia. Show Notes: –Stay-at-Home Girlfriends Are Having a Moment – Brad Wilcox on The Remnant – Listen to Advisory Opinions on Alabama's IVF issue – Biden's German shepherd banished from the White House – Jonah's G-File: Nations, Nation-States, and Nationalism – The Lewis brothers on The Remnant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/24/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 18 seconds
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There’s Something About Marriage

Marriage is a fundamental institution, so why is it under attack from both ends of the political spectrum? In his new book, Get Married, Brad Wilcox—a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a professor at the University of Virginia—makes the case that getting married and starting a family is the best way of leading a prosperous life. But how can law and culture encourage Americans to tie the knot? Why has public interest in marriage declined? And how does marriage make people better off? Show Notes: – Brad’s page at AEI – Brad’s new book, Get Married: Why Americans Must Defy the Elites, Forge Strong Families, and Save Civilization – Brad: “Marriage Is Key to Living Your Best Life” – Brad: “Why You Should Get Married” – The Remnant with Russ Roberts – Elizabeth Grace Matthew: Can People Be Persuaded to ‘Get Married’?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 4 seconds
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Tapping Out

On today’s episode of The Remnant, Jonah’s disdain for the elderly leads him to step into the intellectual octagon with a man nine days his senior: novelist and CNN host Jake Tapper. Jake’s new show, United States of Scandal, takes a darkly comedic look at some of America’s wildest political controversies, and Jonah’s eager to discuss all the sordid details while keeping the nudity as tasteful as possible. Is Washington full of conspiracies? How many chemicals were in Larry King’s hair? And do scandals even matter anymore in the age of Trump? Show Notes: - Jake’s new show, United States of Scandal - Jake on the origins of the series - Watch this episode on YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/21/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 24 seconds
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Useless Idiots

Having woken up to the Alexei Navalny news, Jonah spends this Ruminant thinking through what the Russian opposition leader’s death might portend. From tzars and (real) settler colonialism to useful idiots a-la Tucker Carlson, the good listener should expect a very Russian episode. Пожалуйста. A more patient listener will also hear Jonah revisiting his conversation with the Lewis brothers, due to somewhat popular demand. Show Notes: -The Lewis brothers on The Remnant -Kevin Kosar on The Remnant -Bernie Sanders on Soviet chandeliers -Dan McLaughlin: "Tucker Carlson's Lowest Moment" -Kevin D. Williamson: "The Full Duranty" -WSJ: "China's Shipyards Are Ready for a Protracted War. America's Aren't" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/17/20241 hour, 31 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Democrat Deficiency

Once again, Jonah has abandoned his Remnant duties to spend the week nibbling on sponge cake while watching the sun bake. Fortunately, Chris Stirewalt, America’s favorite simple country pundit, is on hand to take control of the program. He’s joined by Ruy Teixiera, author of Where Have All the Democrats Gone? and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, to discuss what the wretched state of our parties could mean for the 2024 election. The GOP has spent the last decade having an extended nervous breakdown, so why haven’t the Democrats used this opportunity to become the dominant party? For that matter, why can’t Democratic candidates get a grip on working class voters? And why can’t all politicians just be normal? Show Notes: - Ruy’s AEI webpage - Ruy’s Substack, The Liberal Patriot - Ruy’s latest book, Where Have All the Democrats Gone? - Ruy’s The Emerging Democratic Majority Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/202456 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Name Game

Is there really such a thing as left and right? Scholars Hyrum and Verlan Lewis don’t think so. In their book, The Myth of Left and Right, the brothers argue that this generalization is undermining sophisticated political discourse. And on today’s episode of The Remnant, they join Jonah to explain why, when two tribes go to war, a point really is all you can score. Do terms like conservative and liberal really have any use? Why are we having an election between two wretched candidates? How do industrialized democracies around the world think about the political spectrum? And will Jonah ever get sick of talking about Liberal Fascism? Show Notes: - Hyrum’s blog - Verlan on the myth of ideological polarization - Hyrum and Verlan’s book, The Myth of Left and Right Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/14/20241 hour, 27 minutes, 11 seconds
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Jonah Bahama

Tired and sunburnt, Jonah chimes in from somewhere in the Virgin Islands to share his thoughts (ramblings?) on the little he knows from the news of the past week. But stay tuned for a crossover of his appearance on Kevin Williamson’s podcast, How The World Works. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/10/20241 hour, 19 minutes, 37 seconds
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Making Plans for Edward

If you’ve never been a resident of the Washington egghead-osphere, you’re probably not familiar with the 20th-century political scientist Edward Banfield. But Kevin Kosar—a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and noted KISS fanatic—thinks that you should be. In 1951, Banfield published Government Project, an account of the U.S. government’s attempt to remake the lives of some of its citizens by establishing a cooperative farm in Arizona during the Great Depression. The project didn’t go so well, and Kevin believes it holds vital lessons about the limits of government planning that Americans across the political spectrum would be wise to recall today. Tune in for neocon nerdery, but stick around for some more contemporary wonkery on what’s gone wrong with Congress. Show Notes: - Kevin’s page at AEI - Kevin’s podcast, Understanding Congress - Edward Banfield’s Government Project, reissued with a new introduction by Kevin - Kevin on Banfield’s The Unheavenly City - Banfield’s The Moral Basis of a Backward Society - Kevin and Phil Wallach: “The Case for a Congressional Regulation Office” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/202457 minutes, 15 seconds
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Works for Me

What’s the meaning of life? 42? Pizza? The Remnant? David Bahnsen may or may not have the answer, but he’s at least certain of what makes life satisfying: honest, productive work. In his new book, Full-Time, he explores how work can allow us to find purpose and fulfillment. But is all work equally meaningful? Is the market best placed to determine its value? And does David have a higher net worth than Scrooge McDuck? Show Notes: – David’s webpage – David’s new book, Full-Time: Work and the Meaning of Life – David: “The Problem with a ‘Work–Life Balance’” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/7/20241 hour, 25 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Eternally Recurring Grift

Jonah starts on a cheerful note with lessons from Groundhog Day, but quickly the grim realities of our fallen world drag him back to punditry. If you manage to get past the brooding about Taylor/Kelce, philosophical pragmatism, and the American propensity for conspiracies, then you'll be subjected to passages from Liberal Fascism and, worst of all, notes about anti-NATO Twitter. Good luck. Show Notes: –Jonah: “It’s Nietzsche’s World, You’re Just Living In It” -Jonah: "A Movie for All Time" -The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory -Jonah: "Look What You Made Me Do" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/3/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 8 seconds
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Thus Spoke Berkowitz

Jonah serves up a jumbo slice of rank eggheadery on today’s Remnant to compensate for yesterday’s shockingly (or perhaps mercifully) brief episode. He’s joined for the first time by Peter Berkowitz, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and prolific writer on politics and America’s liberal tradition, to wax Yiddish on topics of both broad and minimal interest. What do academics and philosophers have against the English language? Do ideas actually matter? And what does the nationalist right get wrong about freedom? Show Notes: -Peter’s webpage -Jonah: “It’s Nietzsche’s World, You’re Just Living In It” -Peter’s first book, Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist -Samuel Moyn’s Liberalism Against Itself -Peter’s Constitutional Conservatism: Liberty, Self-Government, and Political Moderation -Peter responds to Robert Kagan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 15 seconds
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Burkes of Prey

Has America lost its sense of humor? In Jonah’s view, only a Brit with a distinctly stiff upper lip can answer that question. He’s joined on today’s Remnant by journalist and politician Daniel Hannan, who’s back on the show to explore when and why America began to take a turn for the crazy. Why do recessions lead to populism? Is political apathy actually a good thing? And has the United Kingdom become besotted by its own post-liberal movement? Show Notes: – Daniel’s webpage – Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature – Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist – The Remnant with Yuval Levin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/31/202439 minutes, 57 seconds
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When Jonah Met Ezra

Jonah is well-rested which means an extra long and digressive Ruminant in which he recounts his experience debating Ezra Klein at an event in Ohio. He then ruminates on conservative intellectual history (the free spot on your bingo cards), the left-wingification of the right wing, and the benefit of “invisible hand” systems. Ignore the sounds of the asylum staff trying to break through the door. Show Notes: — Jonah: Does Reality Change Ideas or Vice Versa? — Adrian Vermeule: Liberalism and the Invisible Hand Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/27/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Devil's in the Deficit

Finally back from his escapades in the Midwest, Jonah invites Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and resident "debts and deficits" wonk, back on The Remnant. They discuss the necessity of raising taxes on the middle class, how much weed it would take to balance the budget, and the extinction of fiscally conservative Republicans. What can be done about the debt? What would happen if the IRS is abolished? Why is Jonah so afraid of monetary policy? Show Notes: — Brian's page at the Manhattan Institute — Brian: The Rich Aren’t Rich Enough to Balance the Federal Budget Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Dixville Nudge

On today’s special and prematurely released episode of The Remnant, Jonah is joined by Sarah Isgur, the host of the niche legal pseudo-podcast, Advisory Opinions, to explain Chevron deference and its prognosis at the Supreme Court. They explore the potential implications of overturning it—the good, the bad, and the ugly—and the likelihood of Congress getting its act together. However, the main event is the debate over whether our lizard brains truly care about policy. Did the abolition of slavery affect the 1860 election? Did Lincoln win because he was tall? Is Sarah a vulgar Marxist? (Plus, Sarah provides an update on Mailboxgate.) Show Notes: —Jonah’s LA Times column on Chevron —Advisory Opinions on Chevron —Ben Sasse on the third episode of The Remnant —Last week’s episode of The Dispatch Podcast —Kim Strassel: The Them-vs.-Us Election Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 48 seconds
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Sinister Stupidity or Stupid Sinisterness?

Jonah is in a suspiciously pleasant mood coming off The Dispatch's live event in New Hampshire but regular disclaimers of tiredness still apply. Before replaying the Ruminant's greatest hits, he criticizes Rand Paul's ironic response to Donald Trump's claim of presidential immunity, explains how 2024 might begin to look like 2016, and kvetches about the anti-Trump crowd's catastrophization. Stick around for some ruminations on doggy eugenics. Show Notes: — Trump's "full immunity" truth — Rand Paul's filibuster against John Brennan —G-File: The Unpopular Vote —Jonah: Mau-Mauing the Dogcatcher Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/20/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Crook and the Coot

While Jonah heads to New Hampshire, Chris “Dixville’s Notch” Stirewalt reassumes his rightful position as chief poobah of The Remnant. He’s joined by Christine Rosen—AEI senior fellow, Commentary magazine columnist, and noted “quiet car Karen”—to discuss the state of the 2024 election as we approach the New Hampshire primary. At this point, it seems certain that Trump will be the GOP nominee, but what will this mean for his opponents? For that matter, who will be his running mate? Is America still like The Handmaid’s Tale? And should people who eat loud snacks on airplanes be shown no mercy? Show Notes: - Christine’s AEI webpage - Trump takes the lead in New Hampshire - Chris discusses the 2024 election at AEI - Chris: “Haley’s Narrow Path Runs Across DeSantis’ 2028 Ambitions” - Watch this episode on YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 58 seconds
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Pity the Pundits

Ross Douthat is back on TheRemnant to provide a post-mortem for the Iowa caucuses. With the first result of the race now in, is Donald Trump’s renomination guaranteed? Where did Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley go wrong? Would a second Trump administration be staffed entirely by crazy people? And could a Trump-Biden rematch cause Jonah and Ross to rethink their life choices? Show Notes: -Watch this episode on YouTube -Ross: “How Trump’s Opponents Made Iowa Easy for Him” -Ross’ 2020 book, The Decadent Society -Ramesh Ponnuru: “The 2024 Campaign Has Left Republicans in a State of Confusion” -Martin Gurri’s The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/17/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 58 seconds
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Are We Done Yet?

Full of rage and regret, Jonah reconsiders the life choices that led to him watching the interminable DeSantis-Haley debate start to finish, and plans to inflict his pain on listeners. He also revisits his argument about Hitler inflation in Democratic electioneering, and, at a listener's request, considers the ties between DEI and Marxism. Show Notes Jonah's Never Go Full Hitler Jonah on CNN (DEI debate) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/13/20241 hour, 14 minutes, 19 seconds
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White’s Fright

Determined to prove that Advisory Opinions is merely a niche secondary podcast, Jonah is joined today by Adam White—the American Enterprise Institute’s resident law-talkin’ guy—to ramble through the latest in legal controversies. Topics on the docket include a potential Biden impeachment, legal threats to Donald Trump, and how the Supreme Court is holding up in these turbulent times. Plus, tune in to find out if America will ever become a land without lawyers. Show Notes: —Adam: “Common Law Judgements, Common Sense Justices” —Kurt Lash on the 14th Amendment Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/11/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 35 seconds
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Stolen Mo-ments

Get your bingo cards ready, because Remnant stalwart Mo Elleithee makes an overdue return to the program to kvetch about some familiar topics. Mo believes that we’re heading for a terrifying 2020 rematch. But could one of Donald Trump’s opponents still make a comeback, and will Joe Biden manage to make it through a full campaign? For that matter, what’s wrong with American elites? How can we reverse declining trust in institutions? And how did Jonah come to have more hatred for primaries than life itself? Show notes: - Watch this episode on YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/10/20241 hour, 27 minutes, 29 seconds
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Pilsners with Presidents

Hungover from a night of CNN debate wonkery and inadequately caffeinated, Jonah provides an especially nerdy Ruminant covering yesterday’s town hall with Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis, the strange desire to have a beer with presidential candidates, and the Biden administration’s lacking response to the Houthis, the latter inevitably leading to a lengthy defense of having a Navy. He discusses all of this while leaving enough (probably too much) time for the reification of diversity and some lousy defenses on behalf of Claudine Gay. Show notes: - Yesterday's Dispatch Podcast - Jonah’s piece on Haley’s civil war answer - Jonah’s most recent G-File on Claudine Gay Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/6/20241 hour, 26 minutes, 5 seconds
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Theory, Properly Misunderstood

Jonah completes his American Enterprise Institute hat trick on today’s Remnant with Yuval Levin, AEI’s director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies. The two start with some hesitant media criticism of the reaction to Harvard President Claudine Gay’s resignation before turning to the novelty, or lack thereof, of the oppressor-oppressed paradigm, the usefulness of horseshoe theory, and the need for strong institutions. Prepare your bingo cards. Show notes: - Yuval's AEI page - Conservatism as an Ideology by Samuel Huntington - Jonah's LA Times column on horseshoe theory - AEI Summer Honors Program Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/4/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Year in Preview

It’s finally 2024, but instead of looking ahead with optimism, Jonah would rather use The Remnant to kvetch about the many lows of last year. Today, he’s joined by Matthew Continetti—still adjusting to his new role as the American Enterprise Institute’s leading corporate suit—to decide whether 2023 should be considered the worst year in modern political history. But given the unfolding presidential race, is 2024 shaping up to be any better? Is a Trump renomination guaranteed? And will Biden even make it to the finish line? Show Notes: - Matt’s AEI webpage - Jonah: “Nikki Haley’s Slavery Gaffe Is a Rare Misstep From a Good Politician” - Robert Kagan on a Trump dictatorship - Matthew Schmitz: “The Secret of Trump’s Appeal Isn’t Authoritarianism” - Video version Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/3/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 11 seconds
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All the Pretty Horseshoes

Of all the (many) things Jonah hates, he has a unique resentment for the concept of New Year’s Eve. If you share his disdain for the holiday, then try ringing in 2024 with the bitter grumblings of today’s discombobulated, needlessly lengthy Ruminant rather than a trip to Times Square or an overpriced prix-fixe dinner. As usual, a number of urgent questions are addressed: Could Nikki Haley’s recent slavery gaffe tank her campaign? Why is partisanship problematic? What’s the latest on the war in Israel? And how did Jonah learn to stop worrying and (sort of) love horseshoe theory? Show Notes: - Jeff Blehar: “Nikki Haley’s Sin Isn’t Racism” - Jonah: “The Left’s Whackjob Problem—and Ours” - Michael Lind: “The New National American Elite” - Jonah: “New Year’s Kiss-Off” - Jonah: “The Year of the Horseshoe Theory” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/30/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 20 seconds
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Freudian Quips

Jonah’s in full fanboy mode on today’s long-anticipated Remnant. His guest is Paul Bloom—respected psychologist, prolific author, and noted body double for Al Gore and soundalike for Donald Sutherland—who’s back on the program at last to answer all of Jonah’s burning questions about human behavior and the mind. How should we feel about Freud? Who should decide what issues are taboo? And are people born with an innate political orientation? Viking babies and sci-fi aficionados alike will find much to appreciate. Show Notes: - Paul’s website - Paul’s previous Remnant appearance - Paul’s latest book, Psych: The Story of the Human Mind (now available in paperback) - Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil - The Sweet Spot: The Pleasures of Suffering and the Search for Meaning - Jonah: “Speaking Freely About Free Speech” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/28/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 28 seconds
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Deal or New Deal

Jonah indulges in one of his favorite traditions in today's Remnant: kvetching about economics with Michael Strain, the American Enterprise Institute’s director of economic policy studies. Their conversation offers a crash course in the history of economics as a social science, a guide to the myths of income inequality, and a few musings on what really caused the Great Depression. Plus, they explore perhaps the most important topic of all: TV shows you should watch instead of paying attention to your children this holiday season Show Notes: -Dr. Strain’s page at AEI -Dr. Strain: “The Myth of the 1%” -Jonah: “Mr. Piketty’s Big Book of Marxiness” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/27/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 21 seconds
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Christmas with the Cranks

The holidays are nearly here, and there’s nothing more likely to encourage festive cheer than a wide-ranging, ultra-rambly Ruminant. Today’s episode offers musings on Trump’s removal from Colorado ballots, the complicated politics of abortion, and the enduring dumbness of populism. But those also looking for an uplifting seasonal message will find it in Jonah’s thoughts on why gratitude is so important this time of year. Merry Christmas! Show Notes: - The Remnant with Frederick Kagan - Advisory Opinions on the Colorado Supreme Court decision - Advisory Opinions with Will Baude on Trump’s presidential eligibility  - Yuval Levin on the anti-Trump 14th Amendment strategy - Jonah on Trump’s dictatorial flirtations - The Dispatch Podcast on abortion law - Ramesh Ponnuru’s The Party of Death - Jonah on Claudine Gay and diversity Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/23/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 1 second
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What Is It Good For?

As 2023 draws to a close, Jonah invites Frederick Kagan—director of the American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project—back on the Remnant to explore how we can expect the conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine to unfold in 2024. They also discuss how the Biden administration should approach Iran and China, what the 2024 election could mean for American foreign policy, and what history can teach us about modern warfare. Show Notes: - Dr. Kagan’s page at AEI - Dr. Kagan: “If the West Cuts Aid to Ukraine, Russia Will Win. If the West Leans In, Ukraine Can Win.” - Dr. Kagan: “The High Price of Losing Ukraine” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/21/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 1 second
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Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

In this interview only episode, Eli talks to Jonah Goldberg, host of the Remnant Podcast and a founding editor of the Dispatch. They discuss the inevitability of a GOP Trump nomination and the recent warnings that a second Trump term will bring the end of democracy. Note: This episode originally aired on The Re-Education with Eli Lake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 21 seconds
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We Happy Few

Jonah’s even more bleary-eyed than usual on today’s Ruminant, which begins innocently enough before transforming into an epic rant of astonishingly nerdy proportions. After opening with a few thoughts on why free speech absolutism might actually not be something to strive for, he dives into an ultra-indulgent reflection on the legacy of Liberal Fascism prompted by a recent Niall Ferguson piece on the goals of higher education. Listeners with a penchant for intellectual history will delight in the esoteric questions raised: How did antisemitism originate? What did the Nazis do to change institutions? And how can members of the Remnant remain in high spirits? Show Notes: -Jonah: “Speaking Freely About Free Speech” -The Remnant with Sarah Isgur on Nazis marching in Skokie -Niall Ferguson: “The Treason of the Intellectuals” -Julian Benda’s The Treason of the Intellectuals -The Remnant with Bret Devereaux -Jonah on Trump the day-one dictator Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/16/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 17 seconds
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House of Horrors

On today’s Remnant, Jonah joins GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas to discuss what we can do to fix Congress and our other broken institutions of government. Come prepared with your bingo cards, because the nerdery covers some of Jonah’s favorite bugaboos, including Congress’ transformation into a parliament of pundits, the weakening of our major parties, and the historical roots of antisemitism. Note: this episode originally aired on We Hold These Truths with Dan Crenshaw. Show Notes: -Watch this episode on YouTube -Dan’s podcast, Hold These Truth -Jonah’s problem with small dollar donors Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/14/20231 hour, 52 minutes, 15 seconds
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Rome Sweet Rome

Ancient historian Bret Devereaux is back on the Remnant to provide a definitive answer to the year’s biggest question: Why do men really think about the Roman Empire? He also gives an overview of Israel’s history and the origins of today’s conflict, and examines whether Donald Trump could really become the next Caesar. Prospective dictators in need of career advice are strongly encouraged to tune in. Show Notes: -Watch the episode on YouTube -Bret’s pedantic blog -Bret’s previous Remnant appearance -The Remnant, hosted by Brother Stirewalt, with Mike Duncan -The Remnant with Russell Moore Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/13/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Kayfabe Coalition

Hulkamania’s running wild on the latest excruciatingly indulgent Ruminant, which sees Jonah’s curmudgeonly ranting reach new heights of excess. Major topics today include the rise of antisemitism on college campuses, the hideousness of Vivek Ramaswamy, and whether the ongoing GOP primary is just one big waste of time. But devoted listeners should also tune in to learn about the link between pro wrestling and Donald Trump, Jonah’s growing urge to deport his assistant, and why the Howard Zinnification of the left is so dangerous. Show Notes: -The Dispatch Podcast on another pointless GOP debate -Advisory Opinions on antisemitism in higher education -Jonah: “Antisemitism Is Just a Symptom” -The Remnant with Ruy Teixeira Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/9/20231 hour, 35 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ukraine Begin Again

Since the war in Ukraine began, Jonah has made a habit of plugging the Telegraph’s daily podcast on the subject, Ukraine: The Latest. Today, Francis Dearnley—an assistant comment editor at the newspaper and one of the podcast’s regular hosts—joins The Remnant for an in-depth look at how the show gets made, and what the future holds for Ukraine. Other topics include the fatal allure of historical determinism, the dreary state of British politics, and why Woodrow Wilson is still history’s greatest monster. Show Notes: -Francis’ page at the Telegraph -Francis’ podcast, Ukraine: The Latest -Follow Francis on X Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/7/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 19 seconds
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Send in the Clowns

While Advisory Opinions continues its slow transformation into a dating podcast, Jonah invites Sarah Isgur back to The Remnant for some potent punditry on the unfolding 2024 election. Are the Bidens a crime family? Is it inevitable that Trump will be renominated? And what would a second Trump term actually look like? All of these questions and more will be addressed, but you’ll need to stick around until the end to learn about a man’s correct placement on the sidewalk and the virtues of food sharing. Show Notes: -The Remnant with Frank Foer -New York Times: “Why a Second Trump Presidency May Be More Radical Than His First” -Robert Kagan: “A Trump dictatorship is increasingly inevitable. We should stop pretending.” -Jonah: “George Santos hasn’t been convicted of a crime. Congress was still right to kick him out” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/6/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 38 seconds
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It's Not Personal – It's Just Realpolitik

On today's interminable Ruminant, Jonah subjects listeners to musings about the death of Henry Kissinger and the gross reveling by some. He then turns to the shortcomings of realpolitik and realism, the debate between Gov. DeSantis and Gov. Newsom, the anticipated sequel to Suicide of the West, and the presence of post-liberalism on the right. Stick around to find out why Jonah doesn't write comedic columns anymore. Show Notes: -G-File: Elizabeth Warren, Countess of Sandwich, Schmears the Market -Henry Kissinger, War Criminal Beloved by America’s Ruling Class, Finally Dies -George Will: The Conservative Sensibility -Axios: The Trump job applications revealed -Donald Trump poses the biggest danger to the world in 2024 -Paul Wolfowitz’s interview with Vanity Fair -Tim Alberta on The Remnant -Danielle Pletka on The Remnant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/2/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Gospel Truth

Jonah returns to distinctly Frenchian territory on today’s Remnant, which explores the state of evangelicalism in America. His guest is Tim Alberta, a staff writer at The Atlantic and author of The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism. Tim’s new book raises an exigent question: Why are so many interpreting faith through the lens of politics instead of the other way round? Tune in to learn all about Tim’s religious journey, how Donald Trump’s relationship with the evangelical movement is changing, and why Jonah feels both ideologically homeless and secure at the same time. Show Notes: -Tim’s webpage -Tim’s new book,The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism -Tim: “My Father, My Faith, and Donald Trump” -Tim: “Donald Trump Is on the Wrong Side of the Religious Right” -The Remnant with Russell Moore -Jonah: “No Movement That Embraces Trump Can Call Itself Conservative” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/30/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 13 seconds
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What’s Going On?

Today’s Remnant features the overdue first appearance of AEI senior fellow Danielle Pletka, who joins the program to discuss the ongoing conflicts in Israel and Ukraine. What does the future hold for both countries? Why has antisemitism become so prevalent? How’s Benjamin Netanyahu doing? And does the U.N. have any reason to exist? Show Notes: - Danielle’s page at AEI - Danielle’s podcast, What the Hell Is Going On? - Ruth Wisse on the explosion of antisemitism - Mike Gallagher on TikTok’s propaganda - Danielle: “Iran Is the Problem” - Fred Kagan: “If the West Cuts Aid to Ukraine, Russia Will Win. If the West Leans In, Ukraine Can Win.” -Video version Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/29/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 52 seconds
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A Tribe of Liberalism

Jonah delivers another ill-advised Ruminant full of his regular grievances such as: the lack of national gratitude, the moral equivalent of war, the antiquated concept of left and right, and of course the misuses of the term fascism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/25/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 38 seconds
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Power to the Pundits

As a Thanksgiving treat, Jonah invites Chris “Giblets” Stirewalt—his favorite Gen X nostalgist—back on The Remnant to dispense some ruthlessly rank punditry on the state of the 2024 election. With Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley now doing most of the fighting in the GOP primary, do either of them pose a viable threat to Donald Trump? And if the former president captures the nomination, what will that mean for an increasingly fragile-looking Joe Biden? You’ll also want to tune in to learn why men really think about the Roman Empire (yes, the issue is unresolved), and to learn some dark, turkey-related secrets. Show Notes: - Chris’ page at The Dispatch - Chris interviews Mike Duncan on Ancient Rome - Chris: “Nikki Haley’s Unproven Reserves” - Ben Smith: “Why Nikki Haley is Ready for This Ugly Media Moment” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/23/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 1 second
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Crashing the Party

Twenty years ago, the Democratic Party seemed poised to dominate American politics. But having alienated many of their traditional working class voters, that dominance didn’t come to pass—and the party could be on the precipice of a political disaster. To understand how we got here, Jonah invites Ruy Teixeira—senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of The Liberal Patriot on Substack—back on The Remnant for some white hot wonkery on the shifting demographics of America’s major parties. In his new book, Where Have All the Democrats Gone? Ruy explores the Democratic Party’s evolution and what it should do to get back on track. Why did the working class turn on the Democrats in the first place? What will it take for the party to embrace a more moderate policy platform? And why is everyone so determined to make the perfect the enemy of the good? Show Notes: -Ruy’s page at AEI -Ruy’s Substack, The Liberal Patriot -Ruy’s new book, Where Have All the Democrats Gone? -Ruy’s earlier book, The Emerging Democratic Majority -Ruy: “A Three Point Plan to Fix the Democrats and Their Coalition” -Jonah’s first AMA on The Skiff, The Dispatch’s members-only podcast feed Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/22/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 26 seconds
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Natural Born Grifters

Jonah begins today’s Ruminant by staring blankly into the ether, but he’s quickly jolted back to reality by the latest in political asininity. Recently, America has faced an upsurge in antisemitism across the political spectrum, and Jonah has plenty of thoughts about why this is happening and how we can stop it. In predictably slapdash fashion, he also explores the astonishingly dumb trend of young Americans sympathizing with Osama bin Laden, and what 2024’s political coalitions will look like. Also, tune in for an important dingo update. Show Notes: -Jonah: “Democrats Are Right to Worry About Biden in 2024” -Matt Lewis: “Ben Shapiro Astonished by Candace Owens Being Her Usual Self” -Isaac Schorr: “The Shameful Nods to Antisemitism From Candance Owens and Tucker Carlson” -Ian Haworth: “Tucker Carlson Sells ‘Just Asking Questions’ Antisemitism” -Charlie Cooke: “Wokesters for Osama bin Laden?” -The Economist’s Intelligence podcast on another Trump victory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/18/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 21 seconds
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Sense and Civility

Jonah’s even more sleep-deprived than usual on today’s Remnant due to dingo-related difficulties. Thankfully, however, his guest has more than enough rich insights on hand to keep him awake. He’s joined by Alexandra Hudson—writer, academic, and author of the new book, The Soul of Civility: Timeless Principles to Heal Society and Ourselves. It’s clear that American society isn’t in a particularly civil state, and there’s plenty of appetite for improvement. But Alexandra thinks that we often fail to grasp what civility really means in the first place. Armed with an esoteric collection of historical references, she and Jonah explore what the distinction is between civility and politeness, how we can bring about a “civility renaissance,” and why civility is foundational to liberal democracy. Break out your bingo cards. Show Notes: - Alexandra’s webpage - Alexandra’s new book, The Soul of Civility - Defining the World: The Extraordinary History of Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary - Video version Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/16/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 18 seconds
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Rothschild Abuse

Jonah teams up with Mike Rothschild (who, shockingly enough, is not a member of the Rothschild family) to discuss conspiracy theories and the fallacies that undergird them on today's Remnant. In a conversation that touches on wackiness ranging from Pizzagate to the Rothschilds' supposed lease on Israel, Jonah and Mike try to understand why conspiracy theories formulate and what makes people subscribe to them. What do pro-Trump conspiracy theories indicate about the state of our institutions? Why is antisemitism such a pervasive evil? And  a general decline in in social media to connect crazy people to crazy ideas in ways that underground bookstores never could. Show Notes: -Mike’s new book, Jewish Space Lasers -Mike: “The Internet Never Met a Conspiracy Theory It Can’t Love” -Mike: “On the Rothschilds’ Myth in Literature and Film” -The Rothschilds and Waterloo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/15/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 51 seconds
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Close to the Edge

The close of another week brings another indulgent Ruminant, in which Jonah dedicates an inordinately long rant to the one subject he’s unquestionably an expert on: his own beliefs. Today’s topics include the latest Republican presidential debate, Joe Biden’s prospects for 2024, the ongoing conflict in Israel, and David Brooks’ recent suggestion that Jonah belongs on the “right edge of the left,” all of which raises important questions: How likely is it that someone other than Biden will be the Democratic nominee? Is there really a distinction between anti-Zionism and antisemitism? Why will Jonah never consider himself a leftist? And will the Fair Jessica’s efforts to end the solo podcast ever prove successful? Show Notes: - The Dispatch Podcast, recorded live from New York, on the latest GOP debate - An audience Q&A with Jonah and Steve, available exclusively for Dispatch subscribers - Jonah: “How Anti-Zionism Shrugs Off Antisemitism” - The Remnant with David Brooks - Jonah’s review of Yuval Levin’s The Great Debate - Bid to win a lunch with Jonah in D.C. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/11/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 31 seconds
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To Senor, with Love

On today’s Remnant, Jonah welcomes Dan Senor, a prolific pundit, political adviser, and author of the new book, The Genius of Israel: The Surprising Resilience of a Divided Nation in a Turbulent World. As tragic as the unfolding situation in Israel may be, Dan joins the program to bring a welcome degree of optimism to our discourse on the subject. Israel, it turns out, has become one of the happiest societies in the world in recent years. But simultaneously, levels of fulfillment have plummeted in the United States. Dan’s book explores why this is the case, and what lessons Americans should take from Israel to strengthen our social fabric and build communities that emphasize the importance of each individual. Tune in for all of the uplifting details.Show Notes: - Dan’s new book, The Genius of Israel - Sebastian Junger’s Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging - The Remnant with Russ Roberts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/9/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 33 seconds
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Why Can't We Be Friends?

For the first time in far too long, New York Times columnist David Brooks is on the Remnant to dispense some of the hottest political wisdom you’ll find this side of Lake Michigan. Lately, David’s been concerned with a serious challenge to America’s social fabric: It seems like most of us can’t really get to know other people. Our country is full of people who feel unseen or misunderstood, and this is fueling our loneliness epidemic and the broader collapse of community. In his new book, How to Know a Person, David offers some solutions to this crisis that largely begin on an interpersonal level. But what does it really mean for people to be seen? What common mistakes do we make in our interactions with others? And will those punk kids ever get off Jonah’s lawn? Show Notes: -Watch this episode on YouTube -David’s page at the New York Times -David’s page at The Atlantic -David’s new book, How to Know a Person -Richard Weaver’s Ideas Have Consequences -The Remnant with Jean Twenge -Enter to win a lunch with Jonah in D.C. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/8/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Kids Aren’t Alright

Jonah seldom discloses his fears, but on today’s Ruminant, he’s forced to reveal his greatest weakness: the common cold. Despite the large amount of travel he’s undertaken in recent weeks—which he begins the episode by describing in needless detail—he’s managed to avoid getting sick, but germs are closing in on him. If there’s one thing Jonah hates more than man flu, however, it’s young people (or, at least, society’s misguided worship of young people). Today’s episode is all about youthful opposition to Israel in America: what’s driving it, what it says about our culture, and why it seems to prove that the experiment with “safetyism” on college campuses has failed. Stick around until the end for a few thoughts on Donald Trump’s strange relationship with the law. Show Notes: - Jonah: “Settle This One for Me” - The Coddling of the American Mind - “Hip hip hooray” is fascist? - The Remnant with Jean Twenge - The Dispatch Podcast introduces Jamie Weinstein Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/4/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 26 seconds
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Let Me Be Frank

Is Joe Biden a secret genius? Today’s Remnant guest—Atlantic staff writer Franklin Foer—wouldn’t quite go that far, but he does believe that the president is much more politically adept than you might think. Foer developed a newfound respect for the commander in chief while writing his new book, The Last Politician: Inside Joe Biden’s White House and the Struggle for America’s Future, and he joins Jonah to explain why. Listeners are also encouraged to tune in to hear Jonah and Frank yearnfully reflect on their misspent youth and the joys of cross-partisan lunches. Show Notes: - Frank’s page at The Atlantic - Frank’s new book, The Last Politician -Jonah: “Advice for Biden: Be Like Ike” -Nate Cohn: “Why Less Engaged Voters Are Biden’s Biggest Problem” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/2/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 51 seconds
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Cancel This!

Jonah’s finally back from Europe after plotting world domination there for the last few months, and he’s ready to get the Remnant party started. Today’s episode features the overdue return of Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression. He’s written a new book, The Canceling of the American Mind, which digs into the rise of cancel culture in American life and what we can do to reverse it. But how should cancel culture be defined in the first place? Why does Greg see it as a crisis of historic proportions? How can colleges be fixed? And is Jonah the ultimate grifter? Show Notes: - Greg’s webpage - Greg’s new book, The Canceling of the American Mind - The Coddling of the American Mind - “Steven Salaita, the Media, and the Struggle for Academic Freedom” - Carole Hooven’s T: The Story of Testosterone - Greg is profiled in Politico Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/1/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 3 seconds
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You Say You Want a Revolution

Jonah's never-ending vacation brings him to Prague on today’s worldly Ruminant, but fleeing deeper into Europe can’t help him escape his mid-life crisis. After a few brief musings on such intellectually stimulating subjects as toilet paper and Indonesian cuisine, he dives into less significant issues like the House speakership debacle, the ideological origins of left-wing opposition to Israel, and the ongoing dumbification of the GOP. Get your Che Guevara shirts ready for an interesting ride. Show Notes: - Eli Lake on Frantz Fanon - Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth - Edmund Burke on the East India Company  - Orwell on Gandhi Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/28/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 31 seconds
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I Got You Dave

Jonah’s Italian vision quest has nearly concluded, but he still has a few corners of his subconscious left to search. That leaves the Remnant in need of a guest host, and who better to captain the ship once again than Chris Stirewalt, America’s favorite country pundit? Chris has worn his egghead hat for his last few episodes, but today, he embraces his true nature as a political dirtbag driven solely by the pursuit of rank punditry. To that end, his guest is The Dispatch’s own David Drucker, who joins to discuss the 2024 election in all of its endless stupidity. Do any of the GOP candidates not named Donald Trump actually have a chance? How’s Biden been doing lately? And is going “all in on Iowa” a political death knell for Tim Scott and Ron DeSantis? Show Notes: - David’s page at The Dispatch - Chris’ Remnant with Amity Shlaes - Chris’ Roman Remnant with Mike Duncan - David’s Dispatch interview with Chris Christie - David: “Ron DeSantis Endorsements Keep Coming” - Ben Terris: “The Make-Believe Republican Primary” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/26/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 1 second
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My Fair Lincoln

The Remnant further affirms itself as America’s leading podcast in book promotion today, as journalist and NPR host Steve Inskeep brings his velvety tones to the program to discuss his new book, Differ We Must: How Lincoln Succeeded in a Divided America. Though studies of Honest Abe aren’t exactly in short supply, Steve’s has a unique hook: It tells Lincoln’s life story by examining sixteen of his encounters with prominent figures, each of whom disagreed with him in some way. The questions raised are significant: Why is there an abiding fascination with Lincoln in the American consciousness? How did Lincoln become a Republican? And could a novel about Lincoln fighting Nazis with a pet poodle in tow become an all-time bestseller? Show Notes: -Watch this interview on YouTube - Steve’s page at NPR - Steve’s new book, Differ We Must: How Lincoln Succeeded in a Divided America Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/25/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Italian Job

After yet another week of chaotic travel, Jonah can’t resist recording a Ruminant to settle his addled mind. Coming to you from the seas of Southern Italy, today’s offering is marginally less excessive than usual, as Jonah focuses his ornery energy on the Israel-Gaza war and how America’s political parties are reacting to it. Other, equally grim topics include the limits of the United Nations, the state of the Ukraine conflict, and Russian collaboration with Iran. Show Notes: - The Wall Street Journal on potential Iran support for Hamas - The Trotskyite origins of postcolonial theory - President Biden's Oval Office address on Ukraine and Israel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/21/202351 minutes
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Mistaken Identity

It’s been a while since the Remnant featured some spirited kvetching about identity politics and wokeness in American life, but those issues haven’t exactly faded away. Today’s guest is Yascha Mounk, a prolific author and academic whose new book, The Identity Trap, examines where exactly woke ideology emerged from and how it became so influential. Yascha’s thesis is that an obsession with group identity is leading many progressives astray despite their good intentions, and that this is ultimately hindering progress toward true equality in American life. But why are so many people from across the political spectrum falling into the identity trap? What’s the appeal of populism and nationalism? And will Jonah’s growing crotchetiness soon cause him to completely give up on intellectual history? Show Notes: -Watch this interview on YouTube -Yascha’s webpage -Yascha’s new book, The Identity Trap -Yascha’s previous book, The Great Experiment -Yascha’s previous Remnant appearance -Calvin Coolidge’s speech on America’s 150th birthday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/19/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 35 seconds
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Four Years of The Dispatch

Unable to secure an interesting guest or topic of conversation for today’s Remnant, Jonah is forced to invite Steve Hayes—his benevolent business partner and world-renowned cheese curd enthusiast—back to the program for their annual reflection on the state of The Dispatch. All of the obvious topics are addressed, including how The Dispatch is doing, what goals have been achieved, and what’s coming next as things continue to grow. But loyal listeners will also want to tune in for answers to some common questions. How has election coverage changed over time, and what will The Dispatch do in 2024 to set itself apart? What will it take for The Dispatch to attract new readers and continue to expand? And will a Corner-style blog ever surface on the site, or will Steve remain blinded to its usefulness by a haze of beer and Buffalo sauce? Show Notes: - The Dispatch’s manifesto - The Skiff, a new podcast feed exclusively for Dispatch members Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/18/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 7 seconds
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Making Excuses for Atrocity

It’s not everyday that people show you who they are, but the terrorist attack in Israel gave us a glimpse into the soul of America's overeducated elite - and it wasn't a pretty sight. In a contempt-fueled rant, Jonah blasts the left for its wishy-washy response to the massacre and the right for losing the plot on America's foreign interests. Stay tuned for some rank punditry before Jonah takes a break from this darkening world and absconds to the Italian coast. Show Notes: -Jonah’s Remnant with Jay Cost -Law firm rescinds offer to Summer Associate for Palestine support -The incredibly tragic CNN report Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/14/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 25 seconds
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High Cost Punditry

Is America a republic or a democracy? Jonah has forced many recent Remnant guests to answer this question, but only Jay Cost—a historian and senior fellow at AEI—has written a whole book on the subject. It’s called (creatively enough) Democracy or Republic? The People and the Constitution, and Jay joins the show today to flesh out its thesis. In an era of declining civic virtue and institutional trust, are the tools of government that the Founders developed strong enough to deal with today’s challenges? What are the pros and cons of the democratic process? And how can we help restore an understanding of the Constitution among America’s youth? Show Notes: - Jay’s page at AEI - Jay’s new book, Democracy or Republic? The People and the Constitution - Jay’s previous Remnant appearance - The Remnant with Jim Pethokoukis - Irving Kristol: “The American Revolution as a Successful Revolution” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 9 seconds
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Israel Goes to War (The Skiff Unlocked)

On Saturday Hamas militants invaded Israel, gunning down and abducting civilians, firing rockets on city centers, and holding entire villages hostage. In response, Israel has declared war on Gaza and things are only about to get uglier from here. A sleep-deprived Adaam James Levin-Areddy, senior multimedia producer at The Dispatch and host of Uncertain Things, joined Jonah to discuss the past 24 hours in Israel, Hamas' brutal reign in Gaza, Adaam's theory of peace privilege, Bibi's legacy, and what's coming next. By the way: This was also the inauguration of The Dispatch's members-only feed The Skiff, which will include all future impromptu chats and bone-picking arguments between Jonah and friends, as well as AMAs, emergency pods, and other random audio goodies. In his magnanimity, Jonah decided to share this debut episode with the freeloading masses. But if you want more Remnant, along with the moral ebullience of supporting The Dispatch, please join us. And to all our members who've already come aboard our Skiff –– thank you, from the bottom of our tired, shriveled hearts. You are the reason the lights are still on. And we have lots in store for you. Stay tuned. To get The Skiff on your personal podcast player: CLICK HERE to get your personal feed. How to subscribe to The Skiff: To follow The Skiff on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or wherever you catch your podcasts, please follow these instructions: -Choose which device you prefer to listen on (Mac, iOS, Android…). -Click here to get your personal feed. (Make sure you’re logged in as a Dispatch member!) -Select The Skiff. -Select your device and podcast player (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, etc.): this will let you subscribe to the feed for direct updates! Note: If your preferred podcast player asks you to subscribe by RSS feed you’ll need to copy and paste a URL link. To get that link, go back to the menu with all of the options to subscribe (the page with all of the player logos), scroll to the bottom, and copy the link you see there. Then, go back to your player and paste it in the field. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/9/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Show About Nothing

The end of another week brings another unfocused, ultra-rambling Ruminant, which finds Jonah aggravated by a fresh potpourri of political asininity. Featured topics today include the crisis at the border and Biden’s declining credibility, similarities between the radicalism of the young right and left, and the incoherence of arguments for student loan debt forgiveness. There’s even some brief criticism of the Clintons mixed in for anyone feeling nostalgic. Show Notes: - The Remnant, hosted by Brother Stirewalt, with toga community ambassador Mike Duncan - The Remnant with James Pethokoukis - NBC lists the “terrifying trade-offs” of student loan repayment - The Remnant with Beth Akers - The great climate conspiracy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/7/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 44 seconds
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Don’t Fear the Future

The future has a lot of enemies these days, and most of them seem to agree that progress is behind us while nothing but disaster lies ahead. Today, AEI’s Jim Pethokoukis is back on the Remnant to challenge that idea. His new book, The Conservative Futurist, makes the case for a risk-taking, future-oriented American society driven by technological change. But what would such a society look like in practice? How could it come into being? And what makes futurism and conservatism compatible? Show Notes: - Jim’s page at AEI - Jim’s book, The Conservative Futurist: How to Create the Sci-Fi World We Were Promised - Jim’s Substack, Faster, Please! - Jim’s Political Economy podcast - Jim’s previous Remnant appearance - Virginia Postrel’s The Future and Its Enemies - Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future - Half-Earth Socialism Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/5/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 21 seconds
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There’s No Place Like Rome

Why do men really think about the Roman Empire? If that question has been keeping you up at night in recent weeks, you’ll want to tune in to the latest Remnant for some conclusive answers. Jonah’s away again on a wild expedition through the commonwealth, which means it’s up to Chris Stirewalt to host today’s crash course in Ancient Roman politics and history. His guest—making an eagerly anticipated return to the program—is Mike Duncan, host of the oft-plugged Revolutions podcast, bestselling historical author, and noted influencer for the toga community. If you don’t know your Caesar from your Caligula, their conversation will get you up to speed. And it’ll also help you appreciate what relevance Rome has to the contemporary United States. Show Notes: - Mike’s Revolutions podcast - The Storm Before the Storm, Mike’s history of the Roman Republic - Hero of Two Worlds, Mike’s biography of the Marquis de Lafayette Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/4/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 36 seconds
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Not Great, Bob

Though his wife and RA continue to plead for him to stop, Jonah can’t be deterred from following the self-destructive path of the weekly Ruminant, especially with a legion of overly eager wedding guests on his side. Today’s episode features a predictably peculiar melange of topics, among them the hideous second GOP debate, the misguided fondness for autocrats present on parts of the right, and the validity of the Biden impeachment inquiry. Remnant devotees should stick around until the end for further details on The Skiff, an exciting new podcast feature coming to The Dispatch that’s sure to consume far too much of your life. Show Notes: - The Dispatch Podcast on the second GOP debate - Philip Bump: “The Rise of ‘Chinese Communist Party’ as a Pejorative” - Jonah: “When the Stupid Futility Is the Point” - Do the facts speak for themselves? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/30/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Brink of Morosity

Get your bingo cards ready once again, because today’s Remnant offers a greatest hits of Goldbergian geekdom. Jonah’s joined today by libertarian writer Brink Lindsey, a senior vice president at the Niskanen Center and the author of The Permanent Problem on Substack. Together, they dig into urgent matters of social policy—institutional decay and the challenges of modern capitalism among them—libertarian philosophy, and Thailand’s problematic geography. Did the libertarian project fail? Do intellectuals really shape the world? And how can we make the mass affluence provided by capitalism sustainable? Show Notes: -Brink’s Substack, The Permanent Problem -The Captured Economy -The Age of Abundance -Liberaltarians -Brink: “Life Under ‘an Immense and Tutelary Power’” -Brink: “The Advance of the Monoculture” -Brink: “Libertarian Roots Revisited” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/28/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 58 seconds
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Director Continetti

Jonah’s travels have concluded and he’s back on the homefront, which can only be good news for holders on the Remnant bingo card. To celebrate his return, the ever-reliable Matthew Continetti is back on the program for some piping hot punditry on the latest in political dysfunction. Matt recently abandoned Jonah’s department at the American Enterprise Institute to become the director of its domestic policy division, and this betrayal won’t go unpunished. But when they aren’t viciously attacking one another’s office allegiances, the duo is able to provide incisive answers to a host of political questions. Is a government shutdown incoming? What’s going wrong with conservative institutions? How can populism be a good thing? And what will it take for politicians to stop beclowning themselves? Show Notes: - Matt’s page at AEI - National Review: “Pence’s Populism Speech Was Admirable, but It Misidentified the Target” - Jack Butler on Pence and populism - How much do voters trust both parties? - Jonah: “Uniform Stupidity” - The Remnant with Tom Nichols Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/27/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 7 seconds
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All Rants Lead to Rome

Frank Sinatra once observed that “you’ve either got or you haven’t got style,” but when you’re living out of an RV in the wilds of Iowa—or, for that matter, representing your state in the halls of the US Senate—that doesn’t really matter. Jonah’s still on the road today, but he can’t outrun his existential dread. To drown it out for a while instead, he delivers yet another unfocused, inordinately long Ruminant to end the week. This time, much of his irritation is directed toward the renewed jackassery of Matt Gaetz and the politics of a potential Biden impeachment, but plenty of righteous indignation is also reserved for the Senate’s new dress code and the increasingly shaky prospect of a second Biden term. Plus, tune in to hear Jonah elaborate on why men spend so much time thinking about Rome (almost as much, in fact, as they spend thinking about Nixon). Show Notes: - Jonah: “Why Rome?” - Mike Duncan’s Revolutions podcast - Jerry Muller’s The Mind and the Market Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/23/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Texas Rib Meat Massacre

Jonah’s vision quest isn’t ending anytime soon, which means there’s an opening for a continuing stream of guest hosts to captain the lumbering vessel that is the Remnant. Today, Sarah Isgur takes the leading role, and her guest is fellow Texan Kevin Williamson, who joins primarily to discuss everything you could imagine about the Lone Star State. Topics include recent impeachment drama, Ted Cruz’s chronic case of annoying-itis, the strange state of local politics in the state, and the heresy that is sauce on Texas smoked ribs. Stick around until the end to hear what all of this has to do with Ken Paxton’s crusade against the mystical deep state. Show Notes: - Kevin and David French field listener questions - The Wall Street Journal on why Ken Paxton was acquitted Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/21/202359 minutes, 29 seconds
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Last Exit to Wheeling

Hurry up and pay your union dues, because today’s Remnant is all about labor. It’s been more than a week since his departure, but Jonah’s still lost in the wilds of the heartland, vainly attempting to overcome his mid-life crisis from an RV living room. In these desperate times, Chris Stirewalt reassumes control of the program to bend it to his West Virginian will, but thankfully, he’s joined by a special guest who brings some leaven to the Goldberg-less loaf. That guest is renowned historian Amity Shlaes, who’s here to discuss the origins of labor unions, Lyndon B. Johnson’s relationship with industry, and the elections of the 1960s and ‘70s. It’s a crash course in US history that’ll leave you significantly more pro-Coolidge. Show Notes: - Amity’s page at National Review - The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression - Coolidge - The Great Society: A New History - Chris’ book on populism, Every Man a King -Video version of this episode Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/20/202359 minutes, 41 seconds
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Grizzly Man

In a brief respite from his latest cross country adventure, Jonah camps out beneath the Idaho mountains to record another rambling Ruminant. As usual, the questions raised cover a little of everything: How should we think about Mitt Romney’s legacy? Is Russia still a terrible country (spoiler alert: Jonah’s answer is yes)? What’s the difference between authoritarianism and totalitarianism? And will Jonah’s ignorance of music allow him to discuss Nicaraguan Sandinistas without once referencing the Clash? Show Notes: - Phil Klein: “Mitt Romney Was No Profile in Political Courage” - Nick Catoggio: “The Party’s Over” - McKay Coppins: “What Mitt Romney Saw in the Senate” - The Dispatch Podcast on Putin’s bromance - Mike Duncan’s podcast on the Russian Revolution - Claire Berlinski: “Dear Linda Yaccarino”  - The Remnant with Megan McArdle - The Remnant with Scott Lincicome Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/16/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 46 seconds
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I, Nacho

Having ascended from the proletariat to the ruling class in the hierarchy of the Cato Institute, Scott Lincicome returns to the Remnant not simply to flaunt his success, but to issue an urgent defense of an embattled concept: globalization. In these troubled times, many of the left and right alike have become hostile to the relatively free movement of people, goods, and ideas across national borders. But Scott maintains that globalization is an unequivocal force for good, and that the most common criticisms of it are rooted in myths. With that in mind, Cato has launched “Defending Globalization,” a new multimedia initiative dedicated to—shockingly enough—combating anti-globalization narratives. Can Scott make a compelling case for the project in the Remnant arena, or will he melt like nacho cheese under Jonah’s intense scrutiny? Show Notes: - Scott’s page at The Dispatch - Scott’s work at the Cato Institute - “Defending Globalization,” Cato’s new initiative - Cato’s Green Card Game Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/14/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 43 seconds
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Bad Idea, Old Idea

Megan McArdle returns to the Remnant today for a discussion that has the luxury of being detached from current events. Things operate at a high level of abstraction throughout—even the rank punditry is more nerdishly academic than usual—as she and Jonah analyze and debate a handful of topics that seem to render him increasingly despondent. Can resentment among elites explain Donald Trump’s success? Do ideas actually matter, or have all intellectuals wasted their lives? Just how ugly should we expect 2024 to be? And can Jonah outrun his ongoing mid-life crisis in a ramshackle RV? Show Notes: -Megan’s page at the Washington Post -Fusion, a new magazine from the American Institute for Economic Research -The Remnant with Tom Nichols Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/13/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 16 seconds
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Follow the Loser

Jonah’s in a distracted state of mind on today’s Ruminant, but that can’t stop him from rambling at a wholly unnecessary length. Springing haphazardly between subjects, he offers thoughts on the distinction between populism and conservatism, the brain-killing stupidity of our election, and the role ideologues should play in society. He also reflects on his discussion with Tom Nichols about the state of the right from earlier in the week, and clarifies a few key points. In these troubled times, you can’t keep a good pundit down. Show Notes: - Mike Pence attacks populism - The Dispatch Podcast on our stupid election - The Remnant with Tom Nichols - The Remnant with Jean Twenge Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/9/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 48 seconds
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Cledus the Country Pundit

Chris Stirewalt can be many things—caveman lawyer, Southern fried good old boy, etc.—but today, he’s a simple pundit from the backwoods who’s back on the Remnant to dispense some rank insights on the state of our parties and how the 2024 election is shaping up. The resulting conversation is exactly what you’d imagine: an onslaught of pop culture references tempered by a modicum of sobering political analysis. How clear is it that Biden can defeat Trump? What do the current Democratic and Republican coalitions look like? And should the Department of Energy move to West Virginia (Chris’ answer won’t surprise you)? Show Notes: - Chris’ page at The Dispatch - Chris: “Five Known Unknowns for 2024” - The Remnant with Tom Nichols - Steven Teles and Robert Saldin: “The Future Is Faction” - Chris’ book on populism, Every Man a King - Michael Lind: “America’s Woke Elite Monoculture” - The Remnant with Robert P. George - Jonah: “Democrats Are Making a Risky Bet With Biden” - Mike Duncan’s The Storm Before the Storm - Kevin Williamson: “The Whited Sepulcher” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/7/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 34 seconds
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Nichols on the Dime

The Remnant’s streak of obvious guests who have inexplicably never appeared on the program continues today, as professor turned Atlantic staff writer Tom Nichols joins the show to provide some uncut, fiercely nerdy analysis of our current political malaise. Much of his conversation with Jonah concerns the ongoing conflict in Ukraine—namely, how America has handled it, and what’s really motivating Putin. But after that, the stage is set for an epic debate between the duo on what it means to be “Never Trump” in 2023, and where principled conservatives should go from here. Also, fans of Succession may recognize Tom from his appearances on the show; tune in to learn some behind the scenes secrets. Show Notes: - Tom’s page at The Atlantic - Tom’s latest book, Our Own Worst Enemy - Orlando Figes’ The Story of Russia - Tom: “The Ukrainian Counteroffensive Is Not an Action Movie” - Tom: “I Was a Pundit on Succession” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/6/20231 hour, 52 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Tribe of Asininity

Ignoring the desperate pleas of those closest to him, Jonah reaches new heights of excess on today’s needlessly long Ruminant. Still on a China kick, he begins by addressing the country’s spiraling economy and illiberal regime, but quickly becomes distracted by a handful of similarly grim topics, including the awfulness of Russia and the poisonous role of the coalitional instinct in American life. Stick around for musings on the Clarence Thomas controversy, Mitch McConnell’s health, and civic ignorance in American life. Oh, and to hear a few intimate details about the discomfort Jonah feels when staring at himself for an extended period. Show Notes: - Jonah: “China’s Economy Is Spiraling” - Jonah: “Xi’s Republic of China” - Jonah: “Czar Gazing” - The Remnant with Luke Coffey - The Prince, The Economist’s podcast on Xi Jinping - John Tooby on coalitional instincts - David French: “The Articulate Ignorance of Vivek Ramaswamy” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/2/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ukraine on the Brain

Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Luke Coffey returns after an appearance last October with esteemed Remnant guest host Klon Kitchen. In that time, a whole mess of insanity has gone on in Ukraine—some of it good, some of it worrying. Now that we’re a year and a half into the maelstrom, do Ukrainians still like Zelensky? How long can Russia keep its hand on this kind of a hot burner before wrenching it away? And above all, Luke gives us the reasons for optimism about the situation and why it’s not only desirable but important to keep that optimism alive for Ukraine’s sake. Show Notes: -Luke’s page at the Hudson Institute -Luke: “How the War Could Make Ukraine a Defense Powerhouse” -Luke: “Don’t Hold Your Breath for an End to the Ukraine War” -The Remnant with Leon Aron Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/31/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 33 seconds
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Generation Flex

By popular demand, psychologist and author Jean Twenge joins the Remnant today to affirm Jonah’s status as America’s most arrogant Gen Xer. Dr. Twenge’s recent work has focused on generational differences, the challenges facing Generation Z, and how generational changes are influenced by developments in technology. All of these subjects and more are examined throughout, and many disturbing questions are answered: Why are Gen Zers living life at such a slow pace? What’s the real link between pornography and America’s sex recession? What determines generational happiness? And can anything shatter Jonah’s ‘70s-bred ego? Show Notes: -Dr. Twenge’s webpage -Dr. Twenge’s latest book, Generations: The Real Differences Between Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Boomers, and Silents―and What They Mean for America's Future -The Remnant with Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff -William Strauss and Neil Howe’s Generations Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/30/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 45 seconds
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Rat Races

Today’s Ruminant raises a predictably peculiar question within its opening moments: How can rodentology help us understand the first Republican debate? Jonah’s answer may surprise you, but what’s more surprising is that it connects quite naturally to another of the week’s hot topics: the debate over what America’s role should be in the war in Ukraine. With plenty of vim and slightly less vigor, he dedicates most of this episode to exploring what form American foreign policy should take, and why we must remember that Putin is the villain in this conflict. Show Notes: - The Remnant with Michael H. Parsons (rat guy) - The Dispatch Podcast on the debate that didn’t matter - A post-debate Dispatch Live  - Jonah breaks down the debate with Chuck Todd - Tevi Troy: “Moderators Have Ruined Presidential Debates. Let’s Get Rid of Them.” - The Remnant with Luke Coffey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/26/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 25 seconds
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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s Brother George

If the Remnant has a failing, it’s that, in almost 700 episodes of relentlessly nerdy conversation, Robert P. George hasn’t once appeared on the program. Today, Jonah rectifies that mistake, inviting the beloved Princeton professor and director of the James Madison Program onto the show to discuss America’s fraying civic bonds, and what we can do to stem the tide of illiberalism. They also provide some uniquely sophisticated punditry on the 2024 election, examine what it takes to build a conservative institution, and clear up some confusion around Robby’s name. Brothers and sisters alike are encouraged to tune in. Show Notes: - Dr. George’s webpage - Dr. George: “Universities Shouldn’t Take Political Positions” - Dr. George: “How Universities Can Restore Academic Freedom and Free Speech” - Dr. George’s advice for incoming students - Julien Benda’s The Treason of the Intellectuals Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/24/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Kaplan Chronicles

It’s another round of intense national security wonkery on today’s Remnant, but this time, Jonah’s joined by an overdue first-timer rather than a returning favorite. His guest is Robert D. Kaplan, a prolific writer on foreign policy and author of the new book, The Loom of Time, which explores the state of politics in the Greater Middle East and makes the case for a realist approach to the region. But what does foreign policy realism look like in practice? What kind of shape is democracy in around the world? And what does the future hold for today’s great powers? Show Notes: - Robert’s webpage - Robert’s new book, The Loom of Time: Between Empire and Anarchy, from the Mediterranean to China - Robert: “Order After Empire: The Roots of Instability in the Middle East” - Robert: “Will America Share Rome’s Fate?” - Frederick Kagan: “Biden Could Have Stopped the Taliban. He Chose Not To.” - Orlando Figes’ The Story of Russia Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/23/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Right Regime

Jonah’s in an uncharacteristically effulgent and ebullient mood on today’s Ruminant, but don’t let his high spirits trick you into expecting a less ranty and discombobulated episode than usual. Jonah kicks things off with some extended thoughts on the problems with small dollar donors, before shifting, somehow, into a discussion of the coalition instinct among human beings. If that sounds a little too cerebral, rest assured that the latter half of this episode provides nothing but unfiltered punditry on the ongoing Hunter Biden scandal, the latest Trump controversies, and the state of conservative commentary. Show Notes: - Jonah’s problem with small dollar donors - This weekend’s Dispatch Podcast - The Remnant with Daniel Hannan - The Remnant with Ken Pollack - Advisory Opinions on the Georgia indictments Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/19/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Trouble with Tehran

In keeping with the Remnant’s long tradition of providing edifying counter-programming, Jonah’s joined today by Ken Pollack—AEI senior fellow and expert on the Middle East—to discuss the latest on Iran and American policy toward the region. “Since the 1979 revolution,” Dr. Pollack writes in his latest piece for Foreign Policy, “Iran’s leadership has single-mindedly attempted to dominate the Middle East and drive the United States and Israel out.” But now, Tehran is shifting its approach, and Iranian grand strategy is placing a new emphasis on diplomacy. What does that mean for the United States? How will it affect other relationships between nations? And does Jonah’s general grouchiness stem from his political realism? Show Notes: - Dr. Pollack’s page at AEI - Dr. Pollack: “Iran’s Grand Strategy Has Fundamentally Shifted” - The Remnant with Frederick Kagan - The Remnant with Daniel Hannan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/17/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Full English

Sleep-deprived and disoriented in his shrinking ghetto of the egghead-osphere, Jonah’s in desperate need of a euphonious English accent to help him collect his thoughts. Fortunately, prolific author Daniel Hannan is on hand to provide exactly that, and to offer some erudite insights into a wide range of political and philosophical topics. How should we define republican virtue, and what does that have to do with fighting wokeism? Is Britain’s conservative movement a stable force or a hot mess? Has Russia always been awful? And do Europeans think America has gone insane?  Show Notes: - Daniel’s webpage - Inventing Freedom, Daniel’s oft-plugged book - Kevin Carroll: “An Unthinkable Choice” - Orlando Figes’ The Story of Russia - Joseph Henrich’s The WEIRDest People in the World - George Orwell: “Second Thoughts on James Burnham” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/16/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 24 seconds
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Baring All

Jonah’s world is often defined by the things he hates, but just can’t resist talking about. Today’s Ruminant kicks off with an unrelenting rant against many of such subjects, including Trump; populism; and petty, meaningless Twitter feuds. After that, things drift in a more eggheady direction, as Jonah examines Israel’s governmental framework and provides a few musings on public morality. But even if none of those eclectic topics interest you, you’ll want to stick around until the end of this episode to answer an urgent call. The Remnant has received a nomination in the 2023 Podcast Awards, and we need you, our faithful listeners, to vote for the show right here.  Show Notes: - The Remnant with Andy McCarthy - The Dispatch Podcast on Israel’s constitutional moment - Politico on the online porn industry’s retreat - Vote for the Remnant in the 2023 Podcast Awards Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/12/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Rowe Show

On today’s Remnant—which happens to be more than a year in the making—Jonah’s joined for the first time by Ian Rowe, a senior fellow at AEI and the author of Agency (2022), which explores how young people can build strong families and take control of their destiny. Much of their conversation focuses on one of Ian’s primary interests, the success sequence, and whether it’s still valid in modern America. But plenty of wonkish musings are also mixed in on the importance of stable marriages, the achievement gap in education, and the values we should impart to our children. Show Notes: -Ian’s page at AEI  -Ian’s book, Agency -AEI’s special forum on the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington -The Remnant with Thomas Sowell -Ian: “The Game of Life” -Ian: “A Vision of Black Success” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/10/202354 minutes, 54 seconds
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McCarthy’s Law

If you were hopelessly confused by Jonah’s recent conversation with Sarah Isgur on the Trump indictment, prepare to be even more bewildered by today’s follow-up, which features the overdue Remnant return of Andy McCarthy, National Review’s chief legal poobah. It’s an episode of relentless legal nerdery as they dig deep into the weeds on Trump’s latest legal woes, and whether the claims against him hold up to scrutiny. There’s also some less mind-melting discussion mixed in on the legacy of the Civil Rights Act, the madness of Sidney Powell, and whether the federal government was right to punish Al Capone for tax evasion (yes, really). Show Notes: - Andy’s page at National Review - Jonah and Sarah on the indictment - The McCarthy Report on the indictment - Andy: “Anti-Indictment and Pro-Editorial” - Andy: “The Civil-Rights Theory of Indicting Trump for Election Interference” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/9/20231 hour, 40 minutes, 16 seconds
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None Like It Hot

From a mysterious fortress in the depths of the Adirondacks comes today’s Ruminant, which may be the most pointless in quite some time. Addled from weeks of often traumatic travel, Jonah can’t quite keep his thoughts in order, and the result is an episode that glides across the surface of a whole range of topics. Among these are English theater, the Trump indictment, and the evolving Hunter Biden saga. But thanks to the sublime landscape around him, he dedicates most of his time to climate change and the latest hysterics from Greta Thunberg. No, Soylent Green still isn’t reality. Show Notes: - The Economist: “Soylent Green Is an Eerie Prophecy” - Jonah: “Soylent Green Is Wrong, People” - Jonah: “Threat Level Midnight Forever” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/5/202347 minutes, 30 seconds
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How to Bury a Billionaire

Back in the USA—but sadly not back at chez dingo—Jonah’s in a particularly exhausted state on today’s Remnant. It doesn’t help that his original plan for this episode—a fun, substance-free conversation with Sarah Isgur—was thwarted by the latest Trump indictment news, which forces the duo to engage in some actual serious discussion on the subject. They explore whether the indictment holds up to scrutiny, how the field of GOP candidates should respond to it, and whether Trump could rightly be convicted under criminal law. Then, as a bonus feature, Jonah taps into another area of Sarah’s expertise—she’s both the mother and wife of a male—to examine how we can address the challenges facing men in civil society. It’s an episode so informative, you’ll wonder why that niche legal podcast even exists. Show Notes: - The Collision, Sarah and Mike Warren’s new newsletter - Sarah and Mike on the new Trump indictment - The Morning Dispatch, three strikes edition - Jonah: “Who Are the Real Kingmakers? Voters.” - Nate Cohn: “Yes, Biden and Trump Are Tied” - Christine Emba: “Men Are Lost. Here’s a Map Out of the Wilderness.” - Jonah: “The New Right Is Neither New nor Right” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/3/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 2 seconds
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Masters of the Universe

There’s been no shortage of disgruntled commentary in conservative media about the state of New York City recently, but it’s important to remember how bad things used to be in comparison. Today, Jonah is joined by old friends Tevi Troy and Vincent Cannato to reflect on what the Big Apple was like in the ‘70s. They dig into urban politics, criminology, and what it takes to reverse social decay, while also providing a few nostalgic musings that could serve as the foundation for an Odd Couple reboot. Just as Rodgers and Hart intended, they’ll have Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island too. Show Notes: -Tevi’s webpage -Vin’s webpage -Broken windows theory, again -The Remnant with criminologist Shawn Bushway -The Remnant on Portland’s decline with Nancy Rommelmann -Tevi’s Intellectuals and the American Presidency -Tevi: “The Odd Couple Metric” -The Remnant with Matt Continetti on The Right Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/2/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 47 seconds
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Goldbergs and Englishmen

Today’s Ruminant finds Jonah across the pond, indulging in greasy fish wrapped in newspaper while trying to forget about some of the less pleasant aspects of his recent trek through the Italian mountains. After recounting a few tales of that arduous expedition, he switches his brain into pundit mode, addressing some of the biggest political questions that have arisen during his absence. What’s going on with the Hunter Biden plea deal? Have the wheels fallen off the DeSantis bus? And what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps? Show Notes: -The Telegraph’s Ukraine podcast, which should really be sponsoring the show at this point  -The McCarthy Report on Hunter Biden’s plea deal -Kathryn Jean Lopez: “Jason Aldean Isn’t Helping” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/29/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 27 seconds
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Heaven Can't Wait

Thanks to David French’s treachery, Jonah is forced to step into the world of evangelicalism on today’s episode, which features the Remnant debut of Russell Moore, a theologian, pastor, and writer at Christianity Today. Dr. Moore’s new book, Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America, calls for an evangelical revival in the face of America’s contemporary challenges. Together, he and Jonah take a deep dive into what that revival should look like and what role religion should play in American life, while providing enough context to ensure heretical listeners won’t be lost at sea. This episode is sponsored by our friends at FIRE. FIRE's mission is to safeguard and uphold the right of all Americans to freedom of speech. Be a part of the front line of a growing movement by joining the FIRE Update. Show Notes: -Dr. Moore’s webpage -Dr. Moore’s new book, Losing Our Religion -C.S. Lewis’ The Weight of Glory -Christine Emba: “Men are lost. Here's a map out of the wilderness.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/27/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 4 seconds
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Get Out of My Head

If you’re fearful of the future, you may not want to tune in to today’s terrifying Remnant. Jonah’s guest is Nita Farahany, a professor at Duke Law School and the author of The Battle for Your Brain: Defending the Right to Think Freely in the Age of Neurotechnology. The book explores the rise of neurotechnology—devices designed to track our brain signals to figure out exactly what we’re thinking and feeling and why. But would a world of mental surveillance and ubiquitous neural interfaces be exciting or dystopian? And what are the implications of this technology for our laws, behaviors, and liberties? This episode is sponsored by our friends at FIRE. FIRE's mission is to safeguard and uphold the right of all Americans to freedom of speech. Be a part of the front line of a growing movement by joining the FIRE Update. Show Notes: -Dr. Farahany’s webpage -Dr. Farahany’s new book, The Battle for Your Brain -The Remnant with Jonathan Adler -Dr. Farahany: “TikTok Is Part of China’s Cognitive Warfare Campaign” -Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism -Dr. Farahany: “Searching Secrets” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/26/20231 hour, 1 minute, 13 seconds
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In Abe We Trust

Jonah performs a rare act of magnanimity on today’s Remnant, freeing Abe Greenwald, Commentary’s executive editor, from the verbal oppression of John Podhoretz. Abe’s first appearance on this program is long overdue, and he’s quick to dispense some dark secrets of the Commentary podcast that he’s clearly been bottling up. But when the political analysis begins, it’s as pure and wide-ranging as you’d expect. There’s an extended discussion of how America became a low-trust society, an exploration of conspiracy theories and whether those who peddle them are worth debating, and a round of obligatory kvetching about the state of conservatism. Whether Jonah and Abe are as seductive as many new right thinkers seem to be, however, is for you to decide. Show Notes: - Abe’s page at Commentary - The John Podhoretz Show, aka the Commentary podcast - Abe: “The Trust Crisis” - Abe: “Leave the Grandkids Out of It” - Jonah: “When Reality Is a Punch in the Face” - Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s mishap - David French: “The Rage and Joy of MAGA America” - Crushing Senority on the Commentary podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/20/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ditch the Rich

Any malefactors of great wealth who also happen to be devoted Remnant listeners may wish to avoid today’s episode. Jonah’s guest is Matt Lewis, a senior columnist at The Daily Beast, who’s on the program to discuss his new book, Filthy Rich Politicians: The Swamp Creatures, Latte Liberals, and Ruling-Class Elites Cashing in on America. Together, they explore “how the rich get elected and the elected get rich,” and what that means for American politics. Some grouchy musings on the future of the GOP are also mixed in, as well as a few more wholesome reflections on Matt’s life in West Virginia. Show Notes: - Matt’s new book, Filthy Rich Politicians - Matt’s page at The Daily Beast - Mike Murphy on why Trump won’t win the primary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/19/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 59 seconds
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They Saved Jonah’s Brain

If you thought the Ruminant was incoherent at the best of times, you may be completely unprepared for today’s unpredictable onslaught of twists and turns. Grappling with a serious hangover, Jonah begins with a reflection on the war in Ukraine and somehow ends by discussing his newfound love for The Bear, all the while emitting a distracting array of grunts and groans. Along the way, he also finds time for a few more substantial and vituperative rants, which primarily concern his disdain for Adam McKay and what we get wrong about college admissions. Show Notes: - The M*A*S*H Up GLoP - Scott Lincicome: “‘The Bear’ Is a Tribute to Dynamism—and What Blocks It” - Jonah on friends on the life and legacy of Paul Cantor (skip to 2:55:35 to hear Jonah’s most despised question) - Brown’s social contagion? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/15/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Great Couch Detectives

If you’re obsessed with pop culture but can’t stand Rob Long and John Podhoretz, today’s Remnant may be the weird, wonderful, and interruption-free GLoP alternative you’ve been waiting for. Jonah’s joined for the first time by Christopher Scalia, former academic suit turned scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Their paths recently crossed during an AEI panel on the legacy of cultural critic Paul Cantor, where they offered some exceptionally square-eyed geekery on TV shows both obvious and obscure. Jonah felt the event raised a number of urgent questions, so today, they provide answers: What happened to P.I. shows? Does The Godfather glamorize the mafia? How is wokeness influencing television? And is Chris really related to a famous justice? (Spoiler alert: Yes.) Show Notes: - Chris’ page at AEI - Jonah and Chris discuss the life and legacy of Paul Cantor - Joan Biskupic’s American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia - Chris: “‘Tom Jones’ Is No Masterpiece” - The Remnant with Bret Devereaux - Paul Cantor’s Gilligan Unbound - Paul Cantor’s The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/13/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 25 seconds
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As Crime Goes By

There’s been quite the media furore about rising crime rates in recent years. But now that COVID is behind us and cities are alive again, are the numbers on crime moving in a more positive direction? RAND Corporation criminologist Shawn Bushway is back on the Remnant today to answer this question, and to address a few other points of concern and uncertainty surrounding policing and criminal justice in modern America. What determines rates of recidivism? Are certain crimes becoming more common than in the past? Is there merit to broken windows theory? And have we finally got beyond defunding the police? Show Notes: - Dr. Bushway’s webpage - Dr. Bushway’s previous Remnant appearance - Dr. Bushway’s research on hiring people with criminal histories - “Ex-Prisoners Face Headwinds as Job Seekers, Even as Openings Abound” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/12/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 10 seconds
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High Times

Today’s Ruminant finds Jonah on an uncharacteristic high, and no, his good mood can’t be attributed to a certain substance that was recently discovered in the White House. He’s actually in elevated spirits because a recent AEI event prompted him to rediscover the work of Paul Cantor, a late scholar at the University of Virginia who analyzed pop culture through a conservative lens. He begins today’s program with a thorough exploration of Cantor’s work, before delivering similarly overlong rants on the American Founding and the purpose of the Supreme Court. Sometimes, the Remnant can feel like a wonderful drug. Show Notes: -Jonah and friends discuss Paul Cantor -“The Macbeth of Meth” -Vanity Fair: “America Has a Supreme Court Problem” -The Remnant celebrates the Fourth of July Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/8/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 47 seconds
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Happy Birthday, America

Trapped on the island of Nantucket, a guestless Jonah uses today’s Remnant to provide an impromptu meditation on the Fourth of July. His musings explore the meaning of the Declaration of Independence, whether America is a nation or an idea, and why it’s vital to teach American history. Listen with a hot dog in one hand and a miniature flag in the other to feel like a true patriot. Show Notes: - Henry Fairlie: “The Shot Heard Round the World” - The Gettysburg Address and the meaning of the 4th - Irving Kristol: “The American Revolution as a Successful Revolution” - Calvin Coolidge on the Declaration of Independence Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/4/202357 minutes, 17 seconds
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A Made Man

Rather than dedicating today’s Ruminant to another interminable rant about the state of the GOP (although if you’re interested in one of those, you might want to read Wednesday's members-only G-File, hint-hint), Jonah focuses his attention on topics less likely to drive him utterly insane. These include some major recent Supreme Court decisions, his shrinking skepticism of horseshoe theory, and our tendency to overlook the meaningful distinctions between friends, family, and strangers. Tune in also to hear Jonah thoroughly dispel all rumors of his anti-Italian bigotry. Show Notes: - The GLoP Culture podcast  - The Dispatch Podcast on the end of affirmative action - The Remnant with Bret Devereaux - Guy is released from the pit for a Remnant AMA - Jonah: “Defending Conservatism—From the Right” - Gertrude Himmelfarb’s The Roads to Modernity: the British, French, and American Enlightenments - Violence and Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/1/20231 hour, 45 seconds
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Pulling Teeth

Unable to find a guest who’s willing to tolerate his ramblings, an anesthetized Jonah is forced to return to the AMA format on today’s distinctly messy Remnant. Temporarily freed from his pit, Guy, Jonah’s immigrant manservant, offers a fresh batch of listener questions that cover everything from the latest in Supreme Court controversies, to the prospect of a Dispatch blogging section, to the conservative underpinnings of popular movies and TV shows. But although their conversation contains a few nuggets of genuine substance, most of it proves to be so pointlessly indulgent that you may be better served by simply listening to the week’s first episode again. Show Notes: -The Remnant with Bret Devereaux -Advisory Opinions on Alito’s preemptive strike -Justice Alito’s Wall Street Journal op-ed -Jonah: “Stop Pining for the ‘Good Old Days’” - he Daniel J. Boorstin Reader -Jonah discusses Patrick Deneen on the Acton Institute podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/29/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 8 seconds
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When in Rome

Jonah’s unwashed historical nerdery is usually unparalleled, but on today’s Remnant, he may finally have met his match. His guest? Ancient historian Bret Devereaux, who joins to discuss all things Roman. With topics including war and peace, political philosophy, and the cruelty of Spartan society, their conversation is sure to eliminate any misguided nostalgia you may have for the past. Show Notes: - Bret’s pedantic blog - Bret talks Orc battle tactics on that niche legal podcast - Bret on Ancient Greece and Rome - Bret makes a correction on social conservatism - Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Azar Gat’s War in Human Civilization  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/28/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 5 seconds
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There’s Something About Marjorie

Saddened by hate mail and addled by a dingo-related health scare, Jonah’s in an exceptionally frazzled state of mind on today’s predictably excessive Ruminant. He begins his ramblings by addressing a crude spat between Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Green in the middle of the House floor before pivoting to some recent Russian war crimes in Ukraine. Then, it’s nerdery all the way down as he revisits last week’s G-File, which inspires a rant on the philosophical origins of liberalism, what defines American culture, and why there really is nothing new under the sun. Show Notes: - The Remnant with Stephanie Slade - The Remnant with Robert Kagan - “Critical Trump Theory” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/24/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 49 seconds
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Down in History

WARNING: The following episode contains multiple references to a certain American president who shall not be named. Due to the high volume of mentions, The Dispatch production team used discretion in playing the musical cue which normally follows all such mentions. We apologize in advance. On today’s Remnant, Jonah is joined by Robert Kagan—leading scholar of foreign policy and senior fellow at the reviled Brookings Institution, where the sweet taste of candy never gets old—to discuss his new beach read, a 700-page history of America’s role in the world in the first half of the 20th century. Their conversation covers everything from the origins of the League of Nations to the wackiness of Charles Beard, with some fiendishly nerdy musings on isolationism, nativism, and conservatism mixed in for good measure. Predictably, Jonah does not make good on his initial promise to “not get too deep into the weeds.” Show Notes: -Due to the insane amount of "Wilson" name drops in this episode, there will only be one Wilson theme music play -The Ghost at the Feast: America and the Collapse of the World Order, 1900-1941 -The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History -American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis -“Challenging the U.S. Is a Historic Mistake” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/22/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 53 seconds
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Taking Liberties

Patrick Deneen has released a new book, and predictably, Jonah has some pointed opinions on it. To critique Deneen’s post-liberal vision for American society and the political right, Jonah is joined by a returning Stephanie Slade, senior editor at Reason and noted liberty-lover. With furious agreement and ornery hand-wringing, they take a deep dive into the strange world of the new right, analyzing how seriously we should take its vision for the conservative movement. They also provide a few thoughts on the state of Catholicism, what the Dobbs decision revealed about voters, and why nobody can agree about immigration. Show Notes: -Stephanie’s page at Reason -Jonah: “Patrick Deneen's Otherworldly Regime” - Stephanie: “Liberalism Isn't Rule by Elites” -Stephanie: “The New Right Isn't So New” -Stephanie: “The Rise of Right-Progressivism” -Adrian Vermeule: “Integration From Within” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/21/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 33 seconds
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Stand By Your Non-Man

Despite the desperate pleas of his wife, his RA, and his psychiatrist, Jonah insists on continuing to record the Ruminant, and his sanity may be steadily slipping away with each mumbled syllable. Today, he largely resists the temptation to discuss the Trump indictment, instead digging into Johns Hopkins’ baffling new classification of lesbians, California’s push to punish “non-affirming parents”, and the sheer lack of decorum we all must now endure. Things conclude on familiar ground with an ol’-fashioned, extra-curmudgeonly rant about the new right’s bizarre nostalgia for the Dark Ages. Show Notes: - The McCarthy Report on Trump’s indictment - Advisory Opinions, also on Trump’s indictment - The “non-men” of Johns Hopkins - Michael Knowles and the 1220s - Politico’s Patrick Deneen profile - Alcohol is woke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/17/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 34 seconds
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Rick Rolling

In what may be the most focused conversation in the history of this podcast, Jonah is joined by Rick Hess—AEI senior fellow and esteemed education policy wonk—to discuss his new book, The Great School Rethink. During COVID, it became clear that American schools could use an overhaul. But what should reform look like in practice? Rick has answers, and he also has thoughts on hot-button subjects ranging from the education-industrial complex (yes, it’s a thing) to the debate over school choice and standardized tests. Other topics addressed include the use of technology in schools, the role of parents in education, and the nature of choice. As usual, if it’s eggheadery you’re after, the Remnant will never give you up or let you down.  Show Notes:  -Rick’s new book, The Great School Rethink -Rick: “Schools Are Trying to Do Too Much” -Rick: “Moving from “Reform” to “Rethinking” -James Q. Wilson’s Bureaucracy: What Governments Do and Why They Do It -Arthur Bestor’s Educational Wastelands: The Retreat From Learning in our Public Schools Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/15/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 37 seconds
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Jonny Law

Live from the uncomfortably moist surroundings of Houston, Texas, Jonah’s joined by Jonathan Adler—Case Western University professor and trusted law-talking guy—for some scatterbrained political, legal, and economic geekery. Today’s topics include the Trump indictment, the full-spectrum crankery of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the slow decline of common good constitutionalism, and how free markets can help the environment. Throughout, the punditry is unfiltered, the policy talk is relentlessly eggheady, and the Hillary bashing is surprisingly pertinent.  Show Notes: - Jonathan: “Learning How to Fish” - Jonathan: “Senate Goes Nuclear, Expect Fallout” - Jonathan: “Markets and Dematerialization” - Matthew Scully’s defense of Robert F. Kennedy Jr… - …and Jonathan’s response - Samoa suffered a measles outbreak after anti-vaccine sentiment rose - Jonah: “Republicans wanted Clinton prosecuted for her emails. And now they defend Trump?” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/14/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 20 seconds
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Shiny Happy Pundits

Tired, disorganized, and intent on burdening listeners with his personal problems, Jonah nonetheless approaches today’s eclectic Ruminant with aplomb. Granted, it helps that the details of the most pressing item on the docket—namely, the indictment of one Donald J. Trump—aren’t particularly clear yet, which allows Jonah to rant without sliding into too deep of a depression. Afterward, he touches on Chris Licht’s departure from CNN, why misuse of the term “isolationism” is so rampant, and what it takes to build a fulfilling life.  Show Notes: - The Morning Dispatch breaks down Trump’s indictment - Tim Alberta: “Inside the Meltdown at CNN” - A special live Remnant on Jonah, Chris, and Steve’s departure from Fox - Jonah: “Your Life Portfolio—and Ours” - Jonah embraces Oakeshott - Robert Kagan’s The Ghost at the Feast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/10/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 50 seconds
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Part Klon, Part Machine

Klon Kitchen—former Dispatch national security extraordinaire turned private sector sellout—is back on the Remnant to take a deep dive into the exciting (read: terrifying) realm of artificial intelligence. With ChatGPT becoming ubiquitous, debate is raging over whether advancements in AI will bring forth an apocalyptic future or a brave new world. Klon’s prediction is that we’ll end up somewhere in the middle, and he has answers to all of the most intriguing questions of the moment: How exactly does AI work? Should we worry about machines replacing human workers? And will Jonah ever forgive David French for his treachery?  Show Notes: - Klon’s page at AEI - Advisory Opinions on an infelicitous use of ChatGPT - Marc Andreessen: “Why AI Will Save the World” - Nearly a third of adults under 30 support surveillance in their homes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/8/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 4 seconds
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The House Is Where the Hatred Is

Armed with a provocative assortment of inappropriate puns, Jonah invites AEI Senior Fellow Philip Wallach onto the Remnant for the first time to discuss the importance of Congress and what we can do to fix the legislative branch. As holders of the Remnant bingo card are well aware, reforming Congress by expanding its size and discouraging performative behavior within its ranks has been one of Jonah’s primary obsessions since the launch of this program. Today, he’s sure to indulge in as many nerdish lines of inquiry on the subject as possible, waxing Yuvalian from start to finish. What core functions is Congress failing to perform? When did the institution begin to decline? And are its deficiencies fueling broader cultural partisanship? Show Notes: - Phil’s page at AEI - Phil’s new book, Why Congress - Phil: “Time for Congress to Choose Deliberation Over Dysfunction” - Phil: “If We Give Up on Congress, What Will We Lose?” - Ben Sasse’s Kavanaugh hearing speech - Lyman Stone on expanding Congress Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 17 seconds
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All the Old Dudes

Today’s predictably overlong Ruminant finds Jonah haunted by foreign language commercials, which seem to be infiltrating all of his favorite podcasts and TV shows. Fortunately, his terror provides a useful launching pad for a rant on the nature of language and its role in shaping (or, in most cases, degrading) public thought on nuanced political issues. Tune in also for some obscenely rank punditry on Donald Trump’s dishonesty, Ron DeSantis’ presidential bid, and monetary policy, a subject that Jonah can’t help but have thoughts on despite professing to know nothing about it. Show Notes: - The Remnant with Hal Brands - The Remnant with David Bahnsen - The Trump document saga continues - The Remnant with Matt Continetti - Rich Lowry: “How We Help People Like Megan Fox” - The Economist: “What America has got wrong about gender medicine” - The Wednesday G-File Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/3/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 38 seconds
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Maximum Security

After a spate of episodes crammed with mercilessly rank punditry and self-indulgent eggheadery, it’s time for the Remnant to get wonky once again. Jonah’s guest today is AEI’s Hal Brands, who’s back to discuss all things foreign policy. With the Ukraine conflict raging, tensions continuing to mount between the U.S. and China, and debates about America’s role in the world consuming the right, there’s no shortage of topics up for grabs. Does the United States actually have a strategic vision anymore? What’s the relationship between history and public policy? And will Chinese or American robots overthrow mankind first? Show Notes: - Hal’s page at AEI - Hal’s new book, The New Makers of Modern Strategy - Hal: “Biden Will Find That Breaking Up With China Is Hard to Do” - Hal: “How the American War Machine Ran Out of Gas” - Rank punditry and notes from Ukraine on Dispatch Live - Kevin Williamson: “The Burial of the Dead” - Orlando Figes’ The Story of Russia - Jonathan Kirshner’s An Unwritten Future Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/1/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Bahnsen Conspiracy

David Bahnsen, Jonah’s trusted economics guru, is back on the Remnant to provide some raw, unfiltered wonkery on the latest in financial disasters. From the debt ceiling deal to the persistence of inflation, no policy matter, however terrifying, can escape his wonky gaze. Tune in also for a few musings on the Japanification of America, the appeal of conspiracy theories, and the nuttiness of the new right (yes, again). Show Notes: - David’s webpage - David’s Capital Record podcast - The Morning Dispatch breaks down the end of the debt limit saga - Kevin Williamson: “The Burial of the Dead” - David: “How to Fight the Politicization of Business” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/20231 hour, 35 minutes, 5 seconds
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When No One Cares

On the verge of a full recovery from his schnozzle surgery (more ominously referred to as “the operation”), Jonah’s prepared to indulge in another needlessly long Ruminant that blends a generous helping of conservative dorkery with a smidgen of rank punditry. He gets things started with a few thoughts on Ron DeSantis’ glitch-ridden campaign announcement, but afterward, it’s time for a highfalutin geekout as he examines the failure of the new right to appeal to people who aren’t chronically online. Stick around until the end for a defense of a recent G-File. Show Notes: - The Morning Dispatch on DeSantis’ campaign launch - Answering listener questions with Guy on the Remnant - The Dispatch Podcast dispenses rank punditry - Wednesday’s G-File - Antonio Gramsci - Vanity Fair: “The American Conservative May Be on Its Last Legs” - Charlie Cooke: “Why Can’t Progressive Writers Defend the Law” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/27/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 51 seconds
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Me and My Monkey

On today’s Remnant, Jonah’s brain is uniquely scrambled. He’s still disoriented after slipping into a near comatose state last week, and his nose hasn’t quite readjusted to the feeling of fresh air. Rather than forcing a guest to deal with his mental malaise, he brings Guy, his immigrant manservant, back onto the program to field another round of carefully cultivated listener questions. The resulting conversation—which touches on the 2024 election, the purpose of American conservatism, the shame of closeted Kiss fans, and Jonah’s deranged fondness for a blowtorch—is as peculiarly nerdish as you’d expect Show Notes: - The Remnant, hosted by Chris Stirewalt, with David Drucker - Jonah: “Does the GOP Deserve Tim Scott?” - Albert Jay Nock’s Memoirs of a Superfluous Man - David Pietrusza’s 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents - Jonah: “Goldberg’s Conservative Canon” - Keeping the Tablets: Modern American Conservative Thought - Death of a Beatle Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/25/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 3 seconds
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Beware the Bachelor

While Jonah struggles with a nasal incident, Chris Stirewalt—more commonly recognized as Pooh Richardson’s number one fan—returns to the Remnant command chair. He’s joined by Dispatch Politics mastermind David Drucker to discuss a horrifying subject that’s inescapably consuming everything: the 2024 election. The punditry is uncut, the pop culture references are punchy, and the nudity is tasteful as they examine what we should expect from each GOP candidate. Can anyone match Donald Trump’s mastery of schmoozing? Can Tim Scott appeal to American families? And does Ron DeSantis qualify for carbon-based life? Show Notes: - Chris’ page at The Dispatch - David’s newsletter, Dispatch Politics - Dispatch Politics: “Tim Scott Takes His 2024 Shot” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/24/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 19 seconds
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Hell Is Other Pundits

It’s that time again: Chris “Lil’ Enos” Stirewalt is back on the Remnant to provide his signature blend of square-eyed pop culture nerdery and fiendishly rank punditry. What do the size of Congress, James Comey’s ego, and The Dispatch’s profit margin have to do with one another? Was the Durham report an explosive game-changer or a damp squib? How’s the Republican primary shaping up? And are we really about to endure a Trump-Biden rematch? Only Chris and Jonah possess the knowledge of Smokey and the Bandit necessary to answer these questions with maximum insight. Show Notes: - Chris’ page at The Dispatch - Subscribe to The Dispatch and watch an exclusive live Remnant with Jonah, Chris, and Steve Hayes - The Remnant with Ben Smith - The Remnant with Elizabeth Nolan Brown - Chris: “The Republican Case for Lying Down for Trump Again” - Noah Rothman: “GOP Voters Are Making Impossible Demands of a Trump Alternative” - Jonah: “Our No-Win Scenario” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/18/20231 hour, 35 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Great Unlearning

Last year, Remnant regular and AEI scholar Matt Continetti published The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism, a tome so nerdy that he and Jonah needed two full podcast episodes just to discuss the first half of it. Today, Matt returns to the program to continue working through the history of the right from the ‘80s to the present. Or, at least, that was the plan. Instead, the conversation ends up focusing on the nature of the new right, how Pat Buchanan changed conservatism, and what Donald Trump’s devotees actually want. Plus, listeners of the Commentary podcast will be delighted to find that Matt is actually allowed to speak. Show Notes: - Matt’s page at AEI - The Right, now available in paperback - Part one of Matt’s previous Remnant nerdfest… - …and part two - The Commentary podcast - Lionel Trilling’s The Liberal Imagination - Julius Krein: “I Voted for Trump. And I Sorely Regret It.” - Christopher Lasch’s The Revolt of the Elites - Tom Wolfe: “The Great Relearning” - Ezra Klein: “The Problem With Everything-Bagel Liberalism” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 27 seconds
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Neverending Stories

In what may be the most indulgent Ruminant ever recorded (which is really saying a lot), Jonah delivers a supremely curmudgeonly rant that encompasses everything from the formative years of Western civilization to the 2024 presidential election. After providing a pointless overview of his taste in political podcasts, he dives into the importance of taboos in society, and why throwing away centuries of inherited wisdom might not be the best idea. (Hint: Suicide of the West is still available from all good booksellers.) Then, it’s rank punditry all the way down, as Jonah offers musings on the Jordan Neely situation, rising crime in cities, the baby bust, and the continuing madness of Donald Trump. It’s as cheery an episode as you’d expect. Show Notes: - The Wednesday G-File - The Remnant with Elizabeth Nolan Brown - Julian Simon was right - The Dispatch Podcast on all things Trump Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/20231 hour, 36 minutes, 48 seconds
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Click Addicts

In a twist on the standard Remnant formula that nobody asked for, Jonah is joined by noted chicken wing connoisseur Steve Hayes to co-host today’s episode. Their guest is Ben Smith, founder of Semafor, former editor in chief of BuzzFeed News, and author of the new book, Traffic: Genius, Rivalry, and Delusion in the Billion-Dollar Race to Go Viral. The book takes us back to the early days of the internet to explore how the rivalry between Jonah Peretti of BuzzFeed and Nick Denton of Gawker paved the way for today's climate of disinformation, and naturally, it raises a number of questions. How has journalism changed since the dawn of the internet? Why does the young right tend to confuse social media with real life? What can we do to fix the media landscape? And will Jonah ever get over the golden age of blogging? Show Notes: - Ben’s new book, Traffic - Ben: “Confessions of a Media Chronicler” - Semafor - The Great Moon Hoax - Benjy Sarlin: “Take Donald Trump seriously, not literally, on ‘fake news’” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/11/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 10 seconds
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Babies Come Back

It’s been a while since the Remnant featured some pro-natal wonkery. To fill that void, Jonah’s joined today by Elizabeth Nolan Brown, a senior editor at Reason, to discuss her cover story for the latest issue of the magazine, “Storks Don't Take Orders From the State.” Together, they discuss the many burning questions surrounding baby-making in modern America: Why are fertility rates falling (spoiler: Elizabeth doesn’t think it’s because there’s a crippling sex recession)? Are pro-natalist policies working in other places? What are the main reasons to have children? And will Jonah ever explain his hatred of old people? Show Notes: -Subscribe to The Dispatch and watch an exclusive live Remnant with Jonah, Steve Hayes, and Chris Stirewalt - Elizabeth’s author page at Reason - Elizabeth’s cover story, “Storks Don't Take Orders From the State” - The vampire problem - Jonah: “The Worst Fang Club” - Yuval Levin: “The Changing Face of Social Breakdown” - Jonah: “I Think We’re Turning Japanese” - Brian Doherty: “Libertarian Party Faces State Rebellions” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 56 seconds
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Crime on My Hands

Jonah finds himself alone with the quadrupeds on today’s Ruminant as the Fair Jessica embarks on a grand European adventure. Isolated and caffeine-deprived, he’s in especially indulgent form as he rambles through a handful of interrelated topics. First up on the docket is a Supreme Court case that could scale back American bureaucracy, which prompts an extended discussion of how most of the problems we face in modern society can be attributed to a lack of self-government (whatever that means). Afterward, Jonah touches on the importance of institutions in a hyper-technological world, the dumbness of Republican and Democratic rhetoric around crime, and the improbable link between soup kitchens and Call of Duty chat rooms. Brace yourself for an extra-crotchety ride.  Show Notes: - The Morning Dispatch: “SCOTUS Poised to Rein in the Administrative State” - Philip Hamburger’s Is Administrative Law Unlawful - Charles Murray’s By the People - Jonah: “Is the GOP Becoming a Dysfunctional Chatroom?” - The Remnant with Rob Long - Tim Miller’s Why We Did It - Michelle Cottle: “Georgia’s Hot Mess Is Headed Your Way” - A crime-ridden Dispatch Podcast - Wednesday’s “news”letter - The Remnant with criminologist Shawn Bushway - Subscribe to The Dispatch and watch an exclusive live Remnant with Jonah, Steve Hayes, and Chris Stirewalt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Remnant Live: Inside Fox News

On today’s very special Remnant, recorded before a live audience of Dispatch devotees in the hallowed halls of the American Enterprise Institute, Jonah is joined by Steve Hayes and Chris Stirewalt for an in-depth discussion of their time at Fox News. For the first time, they explore what it was like to work at Fox before 2015, how things changed when the Trump era began, and why they resonated with the network’s original approach. They also touch on Tucker Carlson’s firing and how we can improve cable news in this fraught political moment. But only the first half of their conversation is presented here. To hear the whole thing, you’ll need to become a member of the Dispatch community (sign up here!). Members will be able to access the entire discussion in both audio and video form on the Dispatch website, in the Dispatch Live feed. We’re grateful to all of you for your support, and we can’t wait to organize some similar live tapings in the future. Stay tuned… Show Notes: - Become a Dispatch member to get the full episode - Steve and Jonah: “Why We Are Leaving Fox News” - National Review’s “Against Trump” issue - Jonah: “Tucker’s Matrix” - The Wall Street Journal on Tucker’s foul language Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/4/202345 minutes, 39 seconds
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Where Every Hack Knows Your Name

If you feel like making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got, then take a break from all your worries with today’s Remnant, which features the overdue return of esteemed screenwriter and satirist Rob Long. Unrestrained by the ramblings of John Podhoretz, Rob and Jonah discuss the Hollywood writers’ strike, and what it means for the future of TV. They also touch on how AI could change creative professions, the qualities that define great shows, and whether Tucker Carlson’s departure from Fox is more gripping than any serialized drama. Oh, and tune in to hear Rob challenge Jonah’s polygamous approach to podcasting. Show Notes: -WATCH: Jonah Goldberg interviews Rob Long - GLoP, Jonah’s side podcast - Rob’s assorted scribblings - The Daily - Jonah on A Simple Plan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/3/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 7 seconds
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Deep Schmitt

A week filled with enough stunningly incorrect predictions to conclusively prove he isn’t psychic has left Jonah in an especially pensive mood. Consequently, today’s Ruminant quickly transforms into a rundown of the greatest hits from a string of misses. Jonah kicks things off with a discussion of Tucker’s firing—has Fox really changed?—before moving into a mea culpa surrounding the debt ceiling bill that passed in the House. Afterward, he addresses a veritable feast of populist asinities on subjects ranging from the boneheaded response to a new Barbie to the cult of the Uniparty. Let the great beclowning commence. Show Notes: -Talking Fox on the Dispatch Podcast -Michael Brendan Dougherty and Noah Rothman on Megyn Kelley’s podcast -MTG makes the Randi Weingarten hearing about herself -Burke’s “Birds of Prey” speech -Rudyard Kipling’s If -MBD’s defense of Tucker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Show Jack Built

Braving the sweltering heat and practical limitations of the AEI podcasting studio, Jack Butler, the original Smithers to Jonah’s Monty Burns, makes his return to the Remnant to discuss the state of conservatism among young people. He and Jonah journey deep into the psyche of the hyper-online right, answering just about every question you could possibly have about the alt-right’s favorite thinkers and the appeal of pre-modern LARPing. What do national conservatives and integralists really want? Do any of them actually believe what they’re saying? And most importantly, can you argue with a Buick? Show Notes: - Jack’s author page at National Review - Jack explains Bronze Age Pervert - Jack: “9/11: An Atrocity Misused” - Lighten up, Francis… - Michael Anton’s review of Bronze Age Mindset - Burke’s “Birds of Prey” Speech Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/27/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 57 seconds
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A Tale of Two Tonys

In spite of enough technical difficulties to make a grown man weep, today’s Remnant—featuring AEI senior fellow Tony Mills—delivers a thorough, punchy exploration of the COVID crisis and the cult of expertise in American politics. He and Jonah discuss increased specialization in liberal societies, the dreaded Dr. Fauci criticism, and how the idea of certainty colors our political discourse. How intertwined is the crisis of liberalism with our understanding of scientific authority? Show Notes - Tony’s page at AEI - Tony’s last Remnant appearance - Mike Duncan’s Revolutions podcast - Tony: “Saving Liberalism from Itself” - Tony: “Unmasking Scientific Expertise” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 7 seconds
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Vlad to the Bone

Animated by a week’s worth of pent-up rage—inspired by the nonsensical prattling of would-be authoritarians and the dupes who love them—Jonah brings a cantankerous energy to today’s Ruminant, which quickly devolves into a rant of titanic proportions. He begins with some brief thoughts on Joe Biden’s rumored plans to announce his re-election campaign, before diving into an obscure Edmund Burke speech and its implications for the modern conservative movement. Then, an exceedingly curmudgeonly rant ensues against the totalitarian instinct driving factions of the Republican Party. When will the grownups return to American politics? Show Notes: - Christine Rosen’s Remnant appearance - Edmund Burke’s “Speech in Commons on India, 1783” - Jonah: “The Ties That Blind” - Jonah rants about the New York Young Republican Club - Learning from Vlad the Impaler? - Noah Rothman’s piece on JD Vance - The Bull Moose Project’s director being a jackanape - Win a free Dispatch subscription! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/22/202359 minutes, 39 seconds
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Friday Night Slights

Christine Rosen, senior fellow at AEI and—alleged—cohost of the Commentary podcast, makes an overdue Remnant return today. In this obstinate exercise in counter-programming, Christine and Jonah discuss just about every topic you could imagine besides Fox News’ settlement with Dominion. From the growing influence of the transgender debate on American politics to Ron DeSantis’ chances in the coming primaries, the two bounce between topics so controversial and toxic that poor David French might just get canceled by association.  Show Notes: -Christine’s page at AEI -The Commentary podcast -Christine: “How Trauma Became a Political Tool” -Christine: “The Mainstream Media Damaged Our Children” -The Remnant with A.B. Stoddard Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/20/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Bird Is The Ward

Yahoo News’ Jon Ward makes his Remnant debut to discuss his new book, Testimony: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Failed a Generation. The resulting conversation—which fuses highfalutin theology with just a dollop of rank punditry—touches on just about everything you could want to know about America’s crisis of Christianity. Topics range from spiritual abuse, to the history of American Christianity, to Trump’s effect on the integrity of evangelicalism, all of which are covered with the utmost nerdery. Show Notes: -Watch: Jonah interview Jon Ward - Testimony: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Failed a Generation - Jon: “Lead Us Not Into Temptation” - The Long Game, Jon’s podcast - Julien Benda’s The Treason of the Intellectuals Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/19/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 36 seconds
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Banana Republicans

Jonah’s off like a herd of turtles in today’s rambling, self-indulgent behemoth of a Ruminant. After opening with a positively riveting description of The Dispatch’s approach to media training, he deftly transitions into a discussion of the Pentagon leak and the subsequent fecal festival that has consumed MAGA media. From there, listen—with all appropriate deference and awe—as Jonah delicately dances through such light-hearted topics as Russian war crimes, Nazis marching in Skokie (yes, again), and the controversy surrounding Harlan Crow and Clarence Thomas. This episode is sponsored by our friends at The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression. Head to thefire.org/update and subscribe to The FIRE Update today.  Show Notes: - The Dispatch Podcast covers the leak - MTG beclowns herself once again - Jonah’s Remnant free speech debate with Sarah - Jonah’s previous defense of Harlan Crow - Clarence Thomas failed to disclose the purchase of his old home Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/15/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 38 seconds
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Putin On The Blitz

Fred Kagan, senior fellow at AEI and director of the Critical Threats Project, makes his long awaited Remnant debut in today’s delectably nerdish discussion of Ukraine and Taiwan. After kicking things off with a deep dive into the state of the war in Ukraine, Jonah and Fred explore Russia’s military disorder, the influence of Soviet history on Russia’s modern military, and the origins of Putin’s ideology (no, he doesn’t just hear voices in his head). Stay until the end to hear some thoughts on Taiwan’s importance to American interests and our position on the world stage. Hint: It’s a pretty big deal. Show Notes: - Fred’s page at AEI - AEI’s Critical Threats Project - AEI’s Coalition Defense of Taiwan - The Telegraph should really be sponsoring us at this point… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/13/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 21 seconds
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Skokie and the Bandit

Brace yourselves, it’s a long one. Due to popular demand, Jonah has—graciously—pulled Sarah out of the world of obscure legal nerdery and onto The Dispatch’s flagship podcast to discuss the famous Nazis-marching-in-Skokie case. After a period of extended throat clearing—featuring a list of proposed baby names from Sarah that may inspire calls to CPS—the two set the stage for their debate. Sarah believes that this case was one of the proudest moments in American history; Jonah is unconvinced. This episode is sponsored by our friends at The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression. Head to thefire.org/update and subscribe to The FIRE Update today.  Show Notes -WATCH: Jonah and Sarah debate free speech - Sarah (and only Sarah’s) niche legal podcast - John Mulaney at the Salt and Pepper Diner - The Brisket’s favorite song - Sarah brings David French onto Advisory Opinions to discuss Clarence Thomas - The Skokie case - George Will: “Nazis: Outside the Constitution” (found on page 13) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 18 seconds
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I See Dumb People

Jonah’s back from New York and ready to participate in his weekly therapy session, otherwise known as the Ruminant. After beginning with a look under the hood of the G-File, he moves on to the week’s various annoyances, kvetching about everything from the expulsions in Tennessee’s House of Representatives to the fallout from Biden’s brainless Afghanistan withdrawal. Stick around until the end to hear Jonah’s thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding Harlan Crow and Clarence Thomas. Show Notes: - Rebekah Jones claims her son is a political prisoner - The depressing reality behind his arrest - The White House’s report on the Afghanistan withdrawal - The Editors on Trump’s arraignment - The Remnant with A.B. Stoddard - ProPublica on Clarence Thomas and Harlan Crow - Wednesday’s G-File, featuring an invitation to a special live Remnant taping - Ufology on the Remnant with Jazz Shaw - One, two, three, four, five… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/8/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 50 seconds
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Back to the Basement

Unable to resist the allure of rank punditry any longer, Jonah brings his trusted election sherpa, A.B. Stoddard, back to the Remnant for a journey through the depths of human depravity (or, more specifically, the burgeoning 2024 election). They kick things off with a discussion of Trump’s arraignment—and what it means for the primaries—before delving into the logistics of a Biden reelection campaign. Afterward, they touch on a variety of subjects, including the prospect of a Kamala Harris presidency, the Wisconsin Supreme Court election result, and Trump’s deadly habit of juggling chainsaws. Show Notes: - Trump’s speech at Mar-a-Lago - A.B.: “Why (and How) Biden Should Decline to Run Again” - A.B.: “Will DeSantis Rescue Republicans or Let Them Down?” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/6/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 6 seconds
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Probing Questions

Trump’s indictment has left serious journalists everywhere scrambling to cover the developing story, so of course, Jonah’s response is to arrange some radical counter-programming. He’s joined today by Jazz Shaw, a Navy veteran and Hot Air’s weekend editor, for an out-of-this-world discussion of UFOs. In this eagerly anticipated follow-up to last week’s episode with Avi Loeb, Jonah and Jazz tackle all of the most pressing questions facing the ufology community. Why do pilots keep spotting UFOs? Is the government competent enough to hide big secrets? And what’s so special about cows? Show Notes: -Spacing out with the New York Times -Pentagon receives more than 350 new reports of UFO sightings -2022 Annual Report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena -The National UFO Reporting Center -Jazz’s YouTube channel - The Remnant with Avi Loeb - Skinwalker Ranch? - Ball lightning? - The Roswell Report: Case Closed Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 36 seconds
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Trumpster Fire

After a week spent navigating enough scheduling problems to make the Fyre Festival look like a masterclass in logistics, Jonah’s ready to relieve his frustrations with a particularly ranty Ruminant. Things get off to a fiery start thanks to a recent post from the New York Young Republican Club—whose members have apparently decided that boot-licking sycophancy is the mark of an “authentic” American. Evidently, they picked a bad week to display their clownishness so publicly, as Jonah spends nearly the entire episode tearing them to shreds. Stick around to the end to hear some brief thoughts on an especially buffoonish Ibram X. Kendi article and the potential for adding a “Corner”-style blog to The Dispatch. Show Notes: -Jonah joins Sarah and Kevin on the Dispatch Podcast -The tomfoolery of the New York Young Republican Club -Wednesday’s G-File -Ibram X. Kendi’s self-aggrandizing piece in The Atlantic -Have you heard? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 22 seconds
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Undercooked

Charles C.W. Cooke, Jonah’s go-to Remnant cheap date, makes an unplanned return to the program today due to a scheduling snafu. (No interns were harmed for their incompetence in the making of this episode.) With another tragic mass shooting in the headlines, Jonah and Charlie take the opportunity to discuss how such incidents can be deterred and whether it’s possible to stop them through legislation. In light of recent controversies, they also offer a few philosophical musings on free speech. And no, Charlie doesn’t have a cough drop lodged in his throat. Show Notes: -The Editors on the Nashville shooting -Charles: “Therefore What?” -Is the juice worth the squeeze? Episode sponsor: -The Foundation for Civil Rights and Expression... follow FIRE at: thefire.org/update Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/30/20231 hour, 1 minute, 18 seconds
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I Want to Believe

The truth is out there, and Jonah may uncover it on today’s Remnant. To boldly go where no pundit has gone before, he’s joined by Avi Loeb—Harvard astrophysicist and author of the recent book, Interstellar: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Our Future in the Stars—to discuss UFOs and our place in the universe. Together, they endeavor to answer all of the most pressing questions about alien life: How should we approach the study of interstellar objects? What role does the government play in scientific inquiry? And most importantly, when can we expect the sweet meteor of death to strike? Show Notes: -Avi’s webpage -The Galileo Project -Interstellar: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Our Future in the Stars -Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth -Paper claiming ‘Oumuamua is a “water iceberg” -Avi’s response Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/29/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 11 seconds
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A Man for All Treasons

Live from the mean streets of midtown Manhattan, Jonah delivers a fiery and excessive—but mostly peaceful—Ruminant. After opening with a discussion of how—much like the government—Donald Trump will never love you back, he turns to the outrage provoked by the cancelation of a West Texas A&M drag show. From there, he gracefully dances between topics ranging from the ridiculous “cult of youth” to Ron DeSantis’ tepid approach to foreign policy, before finally settling into a deep discussion of what patriotism really means.  Show Notes: - Our niche legal podcast discusses the Trump indictment… - …and so does the Dispatch Podcast - Wednesday’s LA Times column - The Skokie case - West Texas A&M president cancels a campus drag show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 39 seconds
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To Shanshu in D.C.

Unprepared, scatterbrained, and guestless, Jonah returns to the AMA format on today’s program, releasing Guy, his immigrant majordomo, from the grimy basement where he normally resides to field an unusual assortment of listener questions. Things get off to an innocuous start: There’s some shameless plugging of Jonah’s books, a hefty digression into the various strands of conservatism, and a rambly assessment of the recent controversy at Stanford Law. But though the latter half of this episode features no discussion of cruises, it still offers its fair share of bizarre images, one of which may forever change Jonah and John Podhoretz’s friendship. Show Notes: - Wolfram & Hart - David Oshinsky: “Heil Woodrow” - Yuval Levin: “Redeeming the Miracle” - Sarah Isgur interrogates Jonah on Dispatch Live - The Remnant with Philip K. Howard - Skijoring Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/23/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 30 seconds
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Teacher’s Pest

Philip K. Howard, a prolific author and advocate for simplifying American government, joins the Remnant for the first time to discuss his new book, Not Accountable: Rethinking the Constitutionality of Public Employee Unions. The resulting conversation plays out like a Remnant greatest hits, offering insights on subjects as well-trodden as institutions, our dysfunctional parties, and the banging of spoons on high chairs. Come for some fiendishly nerdy ramblings on the nature of public sector unions, but stay for some hopeful thoughts on how America’s legal and legislative systems could be improved.  Show Notes: - Philip’s website - Philip’s new book, Not Accountable: Rethinking the Constitutionality of Public Employee Unions - Philip previews the book in National Review… - …and in Reason - Rachel Maddow’s “Lean Forward” ad Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/22/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 1 second
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The Abyss Stares Back

Today’s Ruminant has been recorded in video form for your viewing pleasure, which raises a terrifying question: Does this spell the end for “No you won’t, this is a podcast”? In response to having been so rudely dragged into the future, Jonah delivers an outright curmudgeonly diatribe on just about every topic under the sun. From Kamala Harris saying her stage directions out loud, to the dangerous mirage of “new” ideas, no subject is safe from his ire. What’s going on with Silicon Valley Bank? What’s the difference between an explanation and an excuse? And does Jonah wear a toupee? (He does not.) Show Notes: - Kamala Harris’ Late Show Appearance - The Remnant with Paul Bloom - The Remnant with Jim Meigs - Friday’s Dispatch Podcast - The (underrated) Tyranny of Clichés Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/18/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 2 seconds
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Tossed Salad and Scrambled Meigs

James Meigs, Manhattan Institute senior fellow and contributing editor at City Journal, makes his Remnant debut in today’s wildly wonky exploration of clean energy, tech policy, and environmentalism. He and Jonah kick things off by talking about the elephant(‘s foot) in the room––nuclear power––before seamlessly transitioning to the terrifying subject of artificial intelligence. Come for the well deserved nuclear boosterism; stay for the existential dread provoked by the idea of malevolent chatbots ruling the meatspace. Show Notes: - James’s podcast, How Do We Fix It? - James’ page at the Manhattan Institute - David Blackman: “The Death of Manchin’s Permitting Reform Effort Is A Loss For Everyone - The Remnant with Paul Bloom - The Remnant with Michael H. Parsons - James: “Elite Panic vs. the Resilient Populace” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/16/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 20 seconds
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Better Call Paul

Paul Bloom—Jonah’s favorite psychologist and author of the new book Psych: The Story of the Human Mind—returns to the Remnant for some intensely eggheady conversation on the workings of the human brain (a three-pound wrinkly mass, as Paul puts it). The two spend the episode leapfrogging between different controversies in the field of psychology, each more complex than the last, with enough speed to make your head spin. From the nature of consciousness, to René Girard’s understanding of identity, to controversial conceptions of the mind, there’s something to delight—and confuse—everyone, least of all our future AI overlords. Show Notes: - Paul’s website - Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil - Psych: The Story of the Human Mind - The Remnant with Joseph Uscinski Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/20231 hour, 27 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Lobster Effect

Today’s dyspeptic Ruminant finds Jonah wading through the swampy wreckage of the Republican intellectual movement in an attempt to give new meaning to the phrase “crushing morosity.” From the GOP’s weakness in the face of populism to the loss of objective standards, Jonah tackles all the most important questions facing the right. Why do Fox viewers need safe spaces? What made Trump’s ineffectual trollishness so appealing to so many? And how much screaming of “I told you so” is too much? Show Notes: - Jonah: “Donald Trump’s Megaphone” - Jonah: “In a Slow-Motion Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Media Figures Embrace Trump One by One” - Jenna Ellis further beclowning herself on Twitter - Conch shells and the Fibonacci sequence or something - Jonah: “How Fox News Created a ‘Safe Space’ for Its Audience” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/11/202350 minutes, 6 seconds
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French with Benefits

After therapy and court ordered anger management training, Jonah is finally prepared to have David French—newly minted New York Times columnist and noted treacherous misanthrope—back on the Remnant. What follows is an especially freewheeling conversation that begins with a deep dive into the Dominion case against Fox News, then bounces back and forth between a range of topics so controversial you’d swear Jonah wants David to get canceled. From student loans to drag queens, he could be back at The Dispatch before you know it… Show Notes: -Watch Jonah interview NYT columnist David French - David’s page at the New York Times - David’s page at the superior Dispatch - Christianity Today exposes its own scandal - David: “Why Fox Lied to the Viewers It ‘Respects’” - The Economist: “Russia’s Vaunted Second Offensive Is a Damp Squib” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/9/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Moveable Feast

Remnant regular Tevi Troy returns for some of the rankest punditry you’ll find this side of the Mississippi. It’s a freewheeling kind of episode that begins with a shameless plug for Tevi’s new leadership program, transitions into a discussion of the GOP presidential primary, and ends with a few musings on how AI could change the world of writing. Tune in also for ruminations on how politics became so childish, whether CPAC can be redeemed, and why Trump can’t find a good nickname for Ron DeSantis. Show Notes: - Tevi’s webpage - Tevi’s course: “1600 Lessons: Leadership Lessons from Our Nation’s Chief Executives” - Trump’s CPAC speech - Tevi: “How Writers Make It Work Now” -Matthew Hennessey’s Visible Hand -America is Sick of Presidents Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/8/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 52 seconds
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Fox and Fiends

Jonah’s rank wonkishness reaches a new extreme on today’s rantin’, ravin’, ramblin’ Ruminant. After beginning with a diatribe on the Dominion voting lawsuit, he redirects his ire toward cancel culture and the irritating endurance of both-sidesism. Without regard for time (or the suffering of his RA), he closes with some nerdtastic thoughts on the nature of liberalism, the irresponsibility of student loan relief, and the terrifying world of estate law. Show Notes: - Jonah: “Donald Trump’s Megaphone” - Jonah’s Goucher reunion on CNN - The “truth” about Trump’s support for cancel culture - Wednesday’s G-File - Justice Thomas’ dissent in Hudson v. McMillian Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 59 seconds
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Of Mufti and Men

Live from Tel Aviv, author Oren Kessler joins the Remnant to discuss his new book, Palestine 1936: The Great Revolt and the Roots of the Middle East Conflict. The result is a deep dish slice of eggheady conversation, which mixes rank punditry with historical nerdery and a negligible amount of technical glitches. Things kick off with a history of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the 1930s to the present. Afterward, Jonah and Oren explore some pressing questions surrounding the conflict today. How should we regard the ongoing judicial reforms in Israel? Where does nationalism fit into Arab and Israeli intellectual history? And does Israel need to develop a written constitution? Show Notes: -Oren’s new book, Palestine 1936: The Great Revolt and the Roots of the Middle East Conflict -Oren’s webpage -Oren's book preview on Military History Now -George Antonius’ The Arab Awakening Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/2/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 51 seconds
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Through the Eides of Love

Back from the Caribbean with a radiant glow, Jonah is joined by Stephen Eide—senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute—for an outrageously wonky discussion of homelessness in America. The two kick things off by exploring the history of transient labor and the categorical distinctions between hobos, tramps, and bums, before turning to the root causes of the growing homeless populations in big cities. They also explore the relationship between homelessness and changes to psychiatric health care, the loss of affordable housing in big cities, and the idea that homelessness is a natural outgrowth of late-stage capitalism. Show Notes: -Stephen’s page at the Manhattan Institute -Stephen’s recent book, Homelessness in America: The History and Tragedy of an Intractable Social Problem -Stephen: “Housing First’s Imperial Overreach” -Stephen: “The Adams Homeless Deluge” -Madness in the Streets: How Psychiatry and the Law Abandoned the Mentally Ill -Sebastian Junger’s Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 39 seconds
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Time May Change Me

As Jonah continues his search for Spanish gold, Sarah Isgur assumes control of the Remnant once again for some predictably eclectic conversation. She’s joined by former Texas Rep. Will Hurd, who’s also a security expert and national park enthusiast. After briefly discussing the ravages of age, they turn to America’s immense beauty, the terrors of AI, the challenges of immigration reform, and everything in between. Are we in a new Cold War? Could Will be preparing for a shocking announcement? And most importantly, where in San Antonio should you get your taco fix? Show Notes: - Sign up for The Brief - Will: “Would China & Russia Attack Hawaii?” - Will’s questionable national park tier list… - The nēnē - Eric S. Raymond’s The Cathedral and the Bazaar Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Soda Code

While Jonah shirks his podcasting duties to star in a one-man production of Pirates of the Caribbean, Chris Stirewalt takes his place at the helm of the Remnant for a characteristically wonky discussion of the coming presidential primary. He’s joined by Harry Enten, senior data reporter at CNN and host of the Margins of Error podcast, for a conversation that touches on all of the most pressing questions of the day. Is the GOP unifying behind Ron DeSantis? When is the best time for a candidate to jump into the race? And should we declare Harry the chief diet soft drink expert in the United States? Show Notes: - CNN’s Margins of Error Podcast - Harry: “Why it’s better to start a presidential campaign early” - Harry: “Why Biden shouldn't dismiss his negative poll numbers” - Harry: “Why a historically small presidential primary field is possible in 2024” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 4 seconds
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You Only Sail Twice

As Jonah prepares to drop off the grid for a week, he brings Guy, his immigrant majordomo, back on the Remnant to ask an eclectic selection of listener questions. Predictably, things start innocently enough with some hyper-rank punditry on 2024 and a brief canine update, but afterward, they quickly get weird. From talk of ChatGPT and zombies overthrowing the established world order to musings on scotch, wrestling, and pretentious foreign movies, the second half of this episode is a unique ride. By the end, Jonah’s perception of Guy may have been permanently altered. Show Notes: - Tuesday’s Ruminant - David Drucker breaks down Nikki Haley’s announcement - The Dispatch Podcast on Haley, Harris, and helium - Kurt Schlichter: “No to Nikki Harris” - The Bing chatbot’s freakouts - The Remnant with Jim Pethokoukis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/18/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 20 seconds
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Hughes’ Views

Back from his sojourn in the Land of Lincoln, Jonah invites Coleman Hughes–host of the Conversations with Coleman podcast–onto the Remnant for a lively discussion of race and religion (everyone’s favorite topics). What’s the relationship between authenticity and identity? Is it possible to completely root out racism in American society? And what danger does audience capture pose to responsible journalism? Show Notes: - Coleman’s webpage - Conversations with Coleman - The Panic in Needle Park - Coleman: “Actually, Color-Blindness Isn’t Racist” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/16/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 7 seconds
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Little Green Men

Stranded without a guest in beautiful Springfield, Illinois, Jonah is forced to record another Ruminant, and the result finds his mind drifting from place to place like a wayward spy balloon. After a brief foray into dirigible-based punditry, he quickly turns to protectionism and Biden’s “Buy American” mantra, providing some extended thoughts on why both are so annoying. From there, his ramblings fall into an uncontrolled tailspin, covering everything from NIMBianism to René Girard and, finally, the incomparable Cronut. Show Notes: - Real life Up - Dominic Pino: “Biden Promises to Spend Your Money Poorly” - Phil Klein: “The Story Construction Tells About America’s Economy Is Disturbing” - George McGovern: “A Politician's Dream Is a Businessman's Nightmare” - Neal Stephenson’s  -The Diamond Age Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/202357 minutes, 7 seconds
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It Is Balloon!

On today’s Ruminant, Jonah once again finds himself agitated by a veritable cornucopia of asininities. From the idea that every problem in San Francisco can be blamed on COVID to our embarrassing balloon response, no topic is safe from his ire. Can every problem be blamed on late-stage capitalism? What is the difference between good politics and good policy? And how should the Remnant advertise itself to the outside world? Show Notes: - The Daily’s episode on San Francisco - Anastasia Tsioulcasa: “An artist's 'Healing Project,' focused on incarceration and violence, wins $1 million” - The Commentary Podcast - What the heck is F Troop? - “It is balloon” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/11/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 31 seconds
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Union Joe

In the wake of 2023’s raucous State of the Union address, Jonah invites Noah Rothman back to the Remnant for some obscenely rank punditry on a host of hot topics. They begin by exploring what we should make of Biden’s speech, and whether the rowdy atmosphere that accompanied it was actually a good thing, before turning to issues foreign and domestic. How does Biden look as a 2024 candidate given his age? Does the GOP have anything to offer the electorate? Why did it take so long to pop China’s pesky balloon? And could that floating middle finger be the Sputnik moment America needs? Show Notes: - Noah’s page at Commentary - Noah’s latest book, The Rise of the New Puritans - Noah’s previous book, Unjust - Noah’s previous Remnant appearance - Kevin Williamson: “Joe Biden as Priest-King” - Jonah: “Advice for Biden: Be Like Ike” -  A deflated Commentary Podcast - The Remnant with Dalibor Rohac Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/9/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 58 seconds
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Czech Your Privilege

AEI Senior Fellow Dalibor Rohac makes his Remnant debut in today’s outrageously wonky discussion of Eastern Europe. In light of the ongoing war in Ukraine, the conversation covers America’s foreign policy debate, Germany’s continued weirdness, and the European Union’s role in modern geopolitics. Will peace require a resounding Russian defeat? Can more can be done to support Ukraine’s defense? And what will a postwar Europe look like? Show Notes: - AEI’s The Eastern Front podcast - Dr. Rohac’s page at AEI - Dr. Rohac: “Dnipro Slaughter Shows Depths of Putin’s Depravity Against Ukraine” - Dr. Rohac: “Fuss over Ukraine Tanks Shows the World Has No Substitute for America’s Defense Industry” - Dr. Rohac: “How We Get Europe to Ensure Ukraine’s Post-War Success” -The Telegraph’s Ukraine: The Latest podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 37 seconds
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No Notes, No Net

On today’s Ruminant, unencumbered by any pretension to organization, Jonah waxes eloquent on everything from the spy balloon over Montana to the breakdown of organized religion. After beginning with a dive into the rhetoric surrounding the war in Ukraine, he directs his ire towards the cult of victimhood that seems to dominate public life. Stick around for a particularly eggheadish discussion on the nature of policing, American racial progress, and why individual choice matters. Show Notes: -Telegraph’s Ukraine: The Latest podcast -The Guardian: Burning of Qur’an in Stockholm funded by journalist with Kremlin ties -Jonah’s 1995 Public Interest article -James Burnham’s Suicide of the West -Jonah: “The Race to Racism” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/4/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 43 seconds
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Pod Man Out

John Podhoretz makes his triumphant return to the Remnant for a characteristically freewheeling discussion covering everything from Israeli politics to the classified document scandals. Who isn’t hoarding a classified document or two nowadays? What’s going on with Israel’s judiciary? How is the GOP doing? Will Joe Biden run in 2024? And is it ever appropriate to sing the Felix the Cat theme song? Be prepared to have it lodged in your brain.  Show Notes: - GLoP, the pop culture podcast America deserves - John’s author page at Commentary - FBI search of Biden’s beach house - The Felix the Cat theme song - The Remnant with A.B. Stoddard Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/2/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 52 seconds
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Pained in Portland

In an attempt to overcome the trauma that developed after his recent visit to Portland, Jonah invites the prolific author and journalist Nancy Rommelmann onto the Remnant for the first time to explore how the city descended into something resembling Escape from New York. They discuss when Portland’s decline began, whether it can fairly be compared to the New York of the 1970s and ‘80s, and whether these problems will be fixed anytime soon. And shockingly enough, no references to The Warriors are included. Show Notes: - Nancy’s Substack, Make More Pie - Nancy’s page at Reason - Nancy’s podcast, Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em - Jonah: “A Pox Upon Portland” - Nancy: “The Dream of the ‘90s Died in Portland” - Nancy: “Is Portland the new Neverland?” - Nancy: “A Murder in Portland” - Nancy: “You’re Not Allowed to Film” - Tom Wolfe: “The Great Relearning” - An exhibitionistic GLoP Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 21 seconds
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Any Given Doomsday

Jonah’s eggheadery reaches a new extreme on today’s rambly Ruminant, which may leave you dreaming of the end times. After beginning with some brief thoughts on Biden’s document escapade and when it’s appropriate for the government to declassify information, he turns to a melange of nerdishly complicated questions. Is it the end of the world as we know it? How did the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists blind us with science? Do Irving Kristol’s objections to capitalism have merit? And are Cheez-Its the ultimate snack food? Show Notes: - Jonah “moderates” the Dispatch Podcast - The Economist’s The Intelligence podcast - Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Secrecy - The Remnant with Bruce Caldwell - Irving Kristol: “When Virtue Loses All Her Loveliness” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/28/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 21 seconds
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Say It Loud

Jonah makes an unexpected return to the AEI studio for another in-person Remnant, this time featuring Keith Whittington, beloved egghead and Princeton political scientist. A deep dive ensues into America’s unique preoccupation with free speech and the nature of academic freedom, which raises a number of pertinent questions. How concerned should we be about the state of free speech on college campuses? What are some common misconceptions about academic freedom? And what should we make of Ron DeSantis’ approach to these issues? Those feeling free and expressive are particularly encouraged to tune in. Show Notes: - Keith’s page at Princeton - Keith: “Hamline Takes Quashing Academic Freedom to a Whole New Level” - Keith: “Academic Freedom for Whom?” - Nathan Glazer: “What Happened at Berkeley” - From the New College of Florida to DeSantis U? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/26/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 48 seconds
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Hayek’s Last Gleaming

In what may be one of the most brazenly nerdy Remnant episodes ever recorded (which is really saying a lot) Duke University’s Bruce Caldwell joins the program to discuss the life and work of Friedrich Hayek. Dr. Caldwell, the pope of Hayekian geekdom, recently published the first installment of a two volume biography of the famed economist. Guided by Jonah’s gleeful prompting, he explores how Hayek rose to international prominence, what he was like as a man, and how we should view his great works today. If you woke up feeling all Austrian this morning, it’s a must listen. Show Notes: - Dr. Caldwell’s page at Duke - Dr. Caldwell’s new book, Hayek: A Life, 1899–1950  - Dr. Caldwell’s intellectual biography of Hayek, Hayek’s Challenge - Hayek: “The Intellectuals and Socialism” - Hayek: “The Use of Knowledge in Society” - Dr. Caldwell on  -Political Economy with Jim Pethokoukis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 23 seconds
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Old Ideas

Today’s annoyingly whispered Ruminant comes to you live from Portland, where Jonah’s on a clandestine mission with his wife. Unfortunately, the city doesn’t seem to be doing so well, which prompts him to begin with a lengthy diatribe on urban decay, the crisis of homelessness in America’s cities, and what’s specifically wrong with Portland. Stick around afterward for some thoughts on Davos and the economic elite, and a rambling digression about the enduring relevance of Liberal Fascism. Show Notes: - Jonah: “One, Maybe Two, Cheers for Partisanship” - The LA Times on Portland’s homeless problem - The Remnant with Jim Pethokoukis - Philip Coupland: “H.G. Wells's 'Liberal Fascism'” - Jonah: “Bellamy’s Children” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/21/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Spinach Wars

Brian Riedl, also known as the “balanced budget good government guy,” is back on the Remnant to answer a pertinent question: Should we believe that the GOP suddenly cares about fiscal responsibility? He and Jonah also provide some wonkified commentary on a whole host of other economic issues. What’s to be done about the national debt? How should conservatives approach the IRS? And is it possible to reform the tax system? Show Notes: - Jonah: “The GOP’s Spending Fight Is More About Fighting Than Spending” - Brian Riedl: “How Republicans Can Get Serious on Spending” - The Remnant with A.B. Stoddard - Byron Donalds spars with Joy Reid Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 43 seconds
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Old Man Blues

The Remnant gets back to basics today, as A.B. Stoddard returns to the show for some deeply rank punditry on (what else?) the dysfunctional state of our parties and the prospect of a second term for Biden. With insurgents rising among both Republicans and Democrats, how long will it take for the parties to get healthy again? For that matter, how concerned should Democrats be about the loss of black and Hispanic voters? Will the GOP actually raise the debt limit? And is there any way of excusing Biden’s document blunder? Show Notes: - A.B.’s page at RealClearPolitics - Jonah: “GOP’s deficit reduction is a cynical performative gesture” - A.B.: “Kevin McCarthy Is Already a Gift to Democrats” - Jonah: “McCarthy’s Misery” - A.B.: “Yes, He Will Burn It All Down” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/20231 hour, 1 minute, 53 seconds
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It's A Gas

Today’s Ruminant, a self-described “rambling, weird, incoherent hot mess,” can perhaps be taken as a reflection of Jonah’s addled brain. With his wife and daughter on a road trip, his mind has regressed into bachelor mode, and he’s begun to subsist on chicken eaten over the kitchen sink. Thankfully, he still has opinions on the biggest stories of the day, including the Biden administration’s potential ban of gas stoves, how Biden’s classified document scandal compares with Trump’s, and technological developments that could counteract climate change. Come for the punditry, but stay for the strange digression about the mating habits of deer.  Show Notes: - The Dispatch breaks down the battle over gas stoves - NPR: “We need to talk about your gas stove, your health and climate change” - Jonah: “The Hypocritic Oath” - The Dispatch Podcast on Biden’s classified document scandal - Wall Street Journal: “Climate Startup Removes Carbon From Open Air in Industry First” - The Remnant with Jim Pethokoukis - Jonah: “Two Cheers for Techno-Marxism” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/14/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 17 seconds
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Noise Annoys

Cass Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard and Jonah’s fellow disciple of the dingo, makes an overdue return to the Remnant to discuss his recent book, Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment. Noise, the book argues, is a deadly flaw in human judgment that clouds many of our decisions and produces errors in fields such as medicine, law, and public health. Dr. Sunstein and Jonah examine how noise should be defined, what separates it from bias, and what we can do to fight it. They also explore whether the phenomenon varies across the world, and how terrifying changes in AI and algorithms may affect it. Show Notes: - Dr. Sunstein’s recent book, Noise - Dr. Sunstein’s other recent book, Sludge - Dr. Sunstein: “Governing by Algorithm? No Noise and (Potentially) Less Bias” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 1 second
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Dude, Where’s My Flying Car?

For no particular reason, the Remnant returns to an in-person format today, as Jonah drops by the AEI offices to chat about what the future holds for humans and technology with James “Jimmy P” Pethokoukis. Together, they explore why we still haven’t achieved some of the major advancements that wonks were predicting in the ‘70s, occasionally stopping to ponder the merits of popular sci-fi television shows. AI, fusion power, and space elevators are all discussed, but by the end of it all, an important question still hasn’t received enough attention: Will highly intelligent, taxi-driving super-apes eventually overthrow mankind? Show Notes: - Jim’s Substack, Faster, Please! - Ezra Klein: “The Dystopia We Fear Is Keeping Us From the Utopia We Deserve” - Jim: “Who taught us to fear Dystopia? Who taught us we didn't deserve Utopia?” - Jim: “Paul Ehrlich interview on '60 Minutes' shows the need to finally defeat degrowth environmentalism” - Our World in Data - Jonah’s review of The Reactionary Mind - Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock - Arthur C. Clarke’s Profiles of the Future - Scientific American: “Space Elevators Are Less Sci-Fi Than You Think” - Jonah: “Two Cheers for Techno-Marxism” - Jim: “Billionaires, space, and the Blade Runner Fallacy” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/11/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 19 seconds
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Enough Already

Jonah’s in especially ranty form on today’s Ruminant as he explores the continuing war over the House speakership and where most commentators are going wrong in their analysis of it. He also examines the broader prevalence of annoying misconceptions about Congress, what media bias really looks like, and how conservatism should be measured. Plus, tune in for discussion of a controversial Daily Beast story, the Damar Hamlin incident, and the political proclivities of big corporations. Show Notes: - Wednesday’s (members only) “news”letter - Jonah: “McCarthy’s Misery” - The Daily Beast's Matt Schlapp story - Joshua Green: “Can Ron DeSantis replace Donald Trump as the Face of the GOP?” - Philip Bump: “Can Ron DeSantis Ride an Anti-Business Message to the White House?” - Tim Carney’s  - The Big Ripoff Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/7/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 3 seconds
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The French Roast

In what is sure to be the first of many appearances in 2023, Chris Stirewalt joins the Remnant to discuss the ongoing debacle that is Kevin McCarthy’s bid for House speaker. He and Jonah explore what McCarthy’s opponents hope to gain, whether it’s true that opposing him makes you more conservative, and why all of this actually may not matter very much. They also touch on whether wokeism has passed its peak, why scripted comedy is in such a strange position, and what’s irritating about generational generalizations. Plus, tune in for a few obligatory shots at the New York Times’ newest columnist. Show Notes: - The Remnant with Megan McCardle - Chris: “The Agonizingly Low Stakes of Today’s Vote for House Speaker” - This week’s Dispatch Live - Josh Kraushaar: “The Return of the Moral Majority” - David Halberstram’s  - The Coldest Winter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/5/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 40 seconds
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I See You

The Remnant kicks off 2023 in appropriately rank fashion today, as Megan McArdle returns to the program for some eggheady musings on what the new year could bring for our legislative branch, parties, and broader political culture. She and Jonah begin by examining the state of Congress and what we can do to fix it, before turning to some pressing questions. Will cryptocurrency conquer the world? How does transparency harm institutions? And will the Republican Party start inching back toward sanity anytime soon? Show Notes: - Megan’s page at the Washington Post - Jonah: “So Congress is a mess. It’s supposed to be messy” - The Economist: “How Is Ukraine Using Crypto to Fund the War?” - Matt Levine: “The Crypto Story” - The Remnant with Russ Roberts - Jonah: “The Worst Fang Club” - The Remnant with Yuval Levin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/4/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 27 seconds
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Every Day I’m Shoveling

Jonah brings 2022 to a close in typically freewheeling fashion on today’s Ruminant, which aims to provide a minimal amount of crushing morosity. He kicks things off by exploring the Southwest Airlines meltdown and why airline disasters are uniquely infuriating, before turning to the inefficiency of big government, how pandemics and other crises can affect economies, and what can go wrong when we mix up our gemeinschafts. Plus, stick around for a discussion of how fusion power could solve our environmental problems, some obligatory Marx bashing, and a few words about the state of The Dispatch. Happy New Year! Show Notes: - Ezekiel Emanuel: “Covid Isn’t the Only Reason Children’s Vaccination Rates Are Falling” - The Remnant with Scott Lincicome - The Economist: “The great inflation of the 1500s is echoing eerily today” - Jerry Muller’s The Mind and the Market - Wednesday’s “news”letter - David Bahnsen: “Put Not Your Trust in Princes” - Jim Pethokoukis on the state of nuclear fusion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/31/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 53 seconds
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Season’s Groanings

As 2022 winds down, Kevin Williamson returns to the Remnant for some wide-ranging sociopolitical nerdery. He and Jonah explore what characterizes effective social policy, why it pays to be skeptical of new ideas, and what makes no sense about the American tax system. They also provide a modicum of more lighthearted punditry on the George Santos debacle and indulge in a lengthy discussion of the gun debate. Tune in for explanation, but stick around for obfuscation. Show Notes: - Kevin’s page at The Dispatch - Kevin: “A Guide to Guns” - Nick Catoggio: “The Talented Mr. Santos” - Jonah: “Something Short of Tragic” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/29/20221 hour, 36 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Rant Before Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve, and what’s more germane to the holiday season than some lengthy rambling about authoritarianism? Of course, today’s Ruminant is a little more nuanced than that. It also digs into how political states emerge in the first place, why Russia is becoming a “really crappy” country, and how to distinguish between valid criticism of American foreign policy toward Ukraine and toadying to Vladimir Putin. On the lighter side, Jonah also answers a few questions that arose after the week’s earlier episode with the Fair Jessica. We wish you all a wonderful holiday! Show Notes: - The Fair Jessica’s Remnant return - Zelensky’s speech to Congress - Julia Davis’ Russian Media Monitor - Jonah: “Authoritarianism’s Bad Year” - Francis Fukuyama’s The Origins of Political Order - How Putin’s war became a catastrophe for Russia Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/24/202255 minutes, 11 seconds
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Merry Christmas, Ms. Gavora

On today’s Remnant, Jonah’s esteemed wife and bear skeptic, Jessica Gavora (aka the Fair Jessica), makes her highly anticipated return. The two JGs explore some more nerdish topics than last time, including what it takes to be a successful ghostwriter, how the right changed during the Trump years, and what it’s like writing speeches for prominent politicians. They also touch on a few personal subjects, including memories of Jonah’s mom, the recent trip to Istanbul, and Jessica’s current book project (she needs your help!). Plus, stick around until the end to hear Jessica make her best case against human-bear interaction. Show Notes: - The Fair Jessica’s first Remnant appearance - Betsy DeVos’ Hostages No More - Hugh Hewitt: “The ‘Agnew Option’ could be a way out for Trump — and America” - The Fair Jessica’s Tilting the Playing Field: Schools, Sports, Sex and Title IX Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/22/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 3 seconds
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What’d I Miss?

During his wild European vacation last week, Jonah didn’t follow the news too closely. To catch himself up, he invites The Dispatch’s own Andrew Egger back to the Remnant for some intensely rank punditry. Together, they explore the biggest and strangest stories currently unfolding in politics, including Kevin McCarthy’s bid for House speaker, Ron DeSantis’ attack on vaccines, and Donald Trump’s criminal referral. Plus, they offer some musings on the 2024 election and the horrors of Trump trading cards.  Show Notes: - Andrew: “Trump 2024’s Terrible Start” - Andrew: “Ron DeSantis Gambles on Vaccine Grievance” - The Morning Dispatch: “The January 6th Committee’s Last Hurrah” - Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene go to war - Trump NFTs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/21/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 28 seconds
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Beyond the Melting Pot

With Jonah off on a clandestine mission to Turkey, Chris Stirewalt takes his place in the Remnant captain’s chair for a wonktastic dive into American demography. His guest is Dr. Richard Alba, a sociologist and the author of The Great Demographic Illusion: Majority, Minority, and the Expanding American Mainstream, which explores America’s changing racial makeup and the increasing prevalence of Americans born from mixed families. Their discussion touches on a number of pressing questions. Can we rely on Census data? What does assimilation mean in America today? And how can we create more opportunities for young Americans to move into?  Show Notes: - Dr. Alba’s page at CUNY - Dr. Alba’s The Great Demographic Illusion - Chris: “America’s No-Majority Future Is Going to be Delicious” - Dr. Alba: “The Truth About White America” - Dr. Alba: “The Myth of a Majority-Minority America” - The Remnant with Ruy Teixeira Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/15/202246 minutes, 36 seconds
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That Toddlin’ Town

Dedicated Remnant listeners may recall that in 2019, Jonah stopped by the headquarters of the Illinois Policy Institute to record a special, Chicago-centric episode. On his recent voyage to the Windy City, Jonah returned to the institute to record a follow-up with its president, Matt Paprocki. Together, they discuss the challenges facing Chicago, how conservatives can win Illinois, and what policies should be pursued to lift people out of poverty. Tune in for the wonkery, but stick around to find out how many obscure nicknames for Chicago are lodged in Jonah’s brain. Show Notes: - The Illinois Policy Institute - Matt’s page at IPI - Matt’s Substack - Michael Madigan’s scandals - The Remnant with Arthur Brooks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/14/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 39 seconds
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Turkish Delights

Today’s Ruminant, recorded live from an undisclosed hotel in the depths of Chicago, finds Jonah even more scatterbrained than usual. Although he begins by discussing the nature of the First Amendment and why Twitter isn’t at the heart and soul of American democracy, he quickly abandons rank punditry and veers in a radically different direction. With a vacation in Istanbul coming up, Jonah tells the long, strange tale of his first visit to the city, which may or may not evoke comparisons to Midnight Express. It’s an unconventional episode, but don’t say you weren’t warned.  Show Notes: - Bari Weiss’ “Twitter Files” - David French: “Elon Musk and Tucker Carlson Don’t Understand the First Amendment” - Christian Schneider: “Does Nobody Understand How the First Amendment Works?” - The Remnant with Scott Lincicome - The Remnant with Jonathan Rauch - Charlie Cooke and Michael Brendan Dougherty debate Republican electability Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/10/202248 minutes, 43 seconds
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Democracy Manifest

Jonathan Rauch, beloved scholar at the otherwise hated Brookings Institution, returns to the Remnant for some spirited kvetching about primaries, polarization, and the state of democracy. He and Jonah also mix in some ruminations on the Republican Party’s dysfunction, the nature of racism in contemporary American society, and how identity politics radicalizes people. Be ready with your bingo cards. Show Notes: - Jonathan’s page at Brookings - Jonathan’s previous Remnant appearance - Jonathan’s latest book, The Constitution of Knowledge - Jonathan and Ray La Raja: “Too Much Democracy Is Bad for Democracy” - “Toward a More Responsible Two Party System” - Elaine Kamarck: “Is democracy failing and putting our economic system at risk?” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/8/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 44 seconds
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We Can Work It Out

Heroic wonksplainer Scott Lincicome is back on the Remnant to discuss his new book, Empowering the American Worker: Market‐​Based Solutions for Today’s Workforce, which examines what effective pro-worker policies should look like in today’s political climate. Predictably, things get nerdy, as the conversation explores education policy, the demands of urban living, and the great vampire-werewolf debate (tune in for clarification). Where is the government going wrong in its approach to the workforce? Can relying on the free market ever create problems? And how bullish should we be about remote work? Show Notes: - Scott’s newsletter, Capitolism - Scott’s new book, Empowering the American Worker - Scott previews the book in The Dispatch - The Remnant with Russ Roberts - Ryan Streeter: “Place and the Pursuit of Happiness, Upward Mobility and the American Dream” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/7/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 6 seconds
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Burning Down the House

Finally on the verge of overcoming his lingering COVID symptoms, Jonah approaches today’s rambly Ruminant with renewed verve. After tackling the strangeness of Elon Musk’s Twitter reign and the freakishness of Kanye West, he explores how Trumpification has changed the right and what sane Republicans can do to move forward. From there, things get philosophical, as Jonah examines the nature of ethical universals and what specifically is immoral about authoritarian regimes. Finally, things conclude with some sweet, nourishing dog content. Show Notes: - The Wednesday G-File - Election denial in Cochise County - Newt Gingrich: “Quit Underestimating President Biden” - The Economist’s Drum Tower podcast - The Remnant with Alexandra Horowitz - Jonah: “Mau-Mauing the Dogcatcher” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/3/202259 minutes, 54 seconds
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Puppy Love

It’s been a while since the Remnant featured a dog expert, but today, Dr. Alexandra Horowitz—a professor at Barnard College of Columbia University—joins the program to fill that void. Some seriously rank cynology ensues, as Jonah and Alexandra explore everything you could ever want to know about canine cognition. Do dogs have a unique friendship with humans, or are they just social parasites? Why do dogs react in different ways to different people? And are dog shows a stain on mankind? Show Notes: - Alexandra’s webpage - Alexandra’s new book, The Year of the Puppy - Alexandra’s previous books: Inside of a Dog - Being a Dog - And Our Dogs, Ourselves - Alexandra: “What Does it Feel Like to Be a Dog?” - The Remnant with Michael H. Parsons (rat guy) - The world’s smartest dog Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/1/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 8 seconds
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Tastes Like Chicken

Revitalized after his latest struggle with COVID, Jonah invites AEI senior fellow and foreign policy expert Michael Rubin back to the Remnant to discuss how America should respond to challenges posed by China, Russia, and the Middle East. Should the U.S. government embrace regime change? What’s at stake for the West in Taiwan and Ukraine? And should we be optimistic about liberalism in China and Iran? Show Notes: - Michael’s page at AEI - Michael: “Why Is the US Never Prepared for Regime Change?” - The Chicken Kiev speech - Paul Kennedy’s The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers - Lin Wells’ memo to Donald Rumsfeld Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/30/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 20 seconds
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Nothing to See Here

Last year, Remnant regular Matt Ridley published Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, which explored the theory that the virus leaked from a laboratory. Today, he’s back on the program to discuss how things have changed since the book’s publication with a suitably COVID-addled Jonah. Has the lab-leak theory become more persuasive? Did the pandemic fuel a backslide in vaccinations? And can Britons and Americans ever resolve their linguistic differences? Show Notes: - Matt’s latest book, Viral - Matt’s previous Remnant appearance - Matt: “COVID origin case reopened: A lab leak is a legitimate question”- John Barry’s The Great Influenza Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/23/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 48 seconds
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Do Not Despair

After a long and draining week of speeches, fancy dinners, and finally acknowledging the existence of his intern, Jonah phones in the beginning of today’s Ruminant by simply reading through the stories in Friday’s Morning Dispatch. Luckily, things quickly pick up speed when Jonah turns to a wacky article by the mother of the recently disgraced CEO of FTX on why we should abandon the concept of personal responsibility. A lengthy philosophical discussion follows on the problems inherent in critical analysis, the necessity of pricing signals, and why bad ideas must be taken seriously. Following some thoughts on judicial activism and the future of the Federalist Society, Jonah wraps things up by discussing hope, optimism, and the nature of despair. Show Notes: - Barbara H. Fried: “Beyond Blame”- “A Moment of Truth for the Federalist Society” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/19/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 19 seconds
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Once More, with Sailing

In recovery mode from a hectic period of midterm punditry, Jonah invites his immigrant amanuensis Guy back to the Remnant to spend some time answering listener questions. A strange and broad conversation ensues, as Jonah provides some rank predictions for the 2024 election cycle, reflects on his career in blogging, and indulges in a few fiendishly nerdy asides about Marvel and Star Trek. And of course, he can’t resist interrogating Guy about his recent voyage on a Kiss-themed cruise. Show Notes: - Jonah and Guy’s previous AMA extravaganza - Haley Byrd Wilt: “The Freedom Caucus’ Reform Opportunity” - “Florida man makes announcement” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/17/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Turnout Guru

With demand for rank election punditry at historically high levels, Chris Stirewalt captains today’s Remnant voyage through the convoluted current of midterm results. He’s joined by trusted wonk Ruy Teixeira to discuss the 2022 turnout numbers, the nature of “normie” voters, and the inevitable overinterpreting of Democrats’ success in grasping only a small defeat out of the jaws of a much larger one. Demography-galore abounds in the second half of the show, as Chris and Ruy analyze future trends, crackpot electoral theories, and how Democrats should approach the Lovecraftian maw of the 2024 election. Show Notes: -Ruy’s page at AEI -Chris’ page at The Dispatch -Ruy: “Democrats Can’t Count on Trump in 2024” -Chris: “The Wave Against Weirdness” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/16/202253 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Weekend After

Trapped in the urban prison popularly referred to as Manhattan, Jonah surrenders to the call of rank punditry and discusses the midterm results on today’s Ruminant. How did the Republicans squander such an obviously winnable election, and what role did Trump play in the disaster? Furthermore, could Biden really win again in 2024? Have Jonah’s views on Ron DeSantis shifted? And should these results inspire hope that conservatism can right itself? Show Notes: - The Remnant with Ken Pollack - Wednesday’s “news”letter - The Dispatch Podcast provides a midterm postmortem - Jonah on 2016’s slow-motion Invasion of the Body Snatchers - George Orwell: “Second Thoughts on James Burnham” - Charlie Cooke: “Did Republicans Pick the Right Time to Lose?” - The Remnant with Yuval Levin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/12/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 33 seconds
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Iran Again, Naturally

AEI Senior Fellow Ken Pollack returns to the Remnant for a wonktastic discussion of the Middle East. With continued Iranian protests dominating international headlines, the conversation centers on the stability of the Iranian regime, the goals of the Iranian people, and how the United States should respond. Why do continued mass demonstrations in Iran seem to be an intellectual afterthought in the West? What will happen to Iran’s nuclear program if its government collapses? And what are the best things the Biden administration could do to help the Iranian people?  Show Notes: - Ken’s page at AEI - Ken: “A Stronger But Less Ambitious NATO” -  Ken: “The Middle East Abhors a Vacuum” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/202249 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Life of Shadi

Shadi Hamid of the hated Brookings Institution returns to the Remnant to discuss his new book, The Problem of Democracy: America, the Middle East, and the Rise and Fall of an Idea. He and Jonah engage in a nerdtastic exploration of democracy—its strengths, its weaknesses, and how it should be understood in the American context. What is “democratic minimalism,” and should we embrace it? Why is democracy particularly well suited to a society as large and diverse as the United States? And what should primary elections be replaced with? Show Notes: - Shadi’s page at The Atlantic - Shadi’s new book, The Problem of Democracy - Shadi: “Can Democracy Exist Without Liberalism?” - Biden’s befuddled speech - Jonah: “The Cult of Unity Is a Poison” - Jonah on the “Life of Julia” - Pajama Boy - Jonah on Making Sense with Sam Harris Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/9/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 29 seconds
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Perspicacious Punditry

Jonah finds himself unable to resist the allure of rank punditry on today’s Ruminant. He begins by describing how little he cares about the upcoming midterms before diving into a lengthy rant on that very matter. Next, he tackles the state of Trump’s continued influence on the Republican Party, the ills of the modern legislative process, and the undermining of confidence in elections by both parties. After a brief foray into John Dewey’s “screwed up” view of democracy, Jonah finishes the show with commentary on Putin’s rejection of liberal democratic capitalism, the hypocrisy of his attacks on America, and why Francis Fukuyama was right all along (again). Show Notes: - Richard Rorty’s Achieving Our Country - Jonah: “Putin’s Dangerous Blend of Propaganda and Hypocrisy” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/5/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 47 seconds
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Youth Gone Mild

Addicted to the sensation of power that the Remnant command chair provides, Sarah Isgur takes control of the program once again. She’s joined by famed pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson to discuss the reliability of polls and the future of the polling industry, as well as the midterms and the 2024 presidential election. Tune in also to learn about Sarah’s spindrift habit, Kristen’s exceptional canine companion, and what really appeals to young voters. Show Notes: -Kristen’s webpage -The Fetterman-Oz debate -Kristen’s The Selfie Vote -Kristen: “Democrats Just Can’t Seal the Deal with Young Americans” - Sean Trende’s  The Lost Majority Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/3/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 19 seconds
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Disco Babies

The Remnant returns to normalcy today as Chris Stirewalt joins Jonah to provide a preview of the midterms. With only a week remaining until election day, what level of turnout should we expect? For that matter, will the Republicans enjoy a red tsunami? How will Dobbs influence the results? And what does the attack on Paul Pelosi reveal about our political climate? Show Notes: -Chris’ page at The Dispatch -Last weekend’s Ruminant -Last Friday’s G-File -Chris' book 'Broken News' -Wall Street Journal: “Republican Election Prospects Rise as Inflation Overshadows Abortion” -Kari Lake mocks the Paul Pelosi attack -The Remnant with Yuval Levin -The Paul Lynde Halloween Special -Never been KISSed Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/2/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 3 seconds
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Mom

Join Jonah on today’s solo episode as he remembers his mother, Lucianne Goldberg, who died peacefully this week surrounded by her people –– and pets! –– who loved her. Links: -John Podhoretz’s moving tribute Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/29/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 53 seconds
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It’s Mo Time

On today’s eclectic episode of The Remnant, Sarah is joined by Mo Elleithee, executive director of the Institute of Politics and Public Service at Georgetown University, to discus elections, tribalism, and Halloween. The two explore the shrinking acceptability of bipartisan friendships, the effects of campaign finance reform on polarization, and the importance of understanding the arguments of the other side. Stick around until the end for a heart-wrenching tale of unrequited avian love and to hear Sarah publicly debut her much anticipated screech owl call. Show Notes: -Mo on The Dispatch Podcast -The New York Times on the new campaign press aides Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/28/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 29 seconds
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Optical Delusion

David takes the reins on today's recording where he hosts GQ correspondent and New York Times Magazine contributor Robert Draper to discuss his new book Weapons of Mass Delusion: When the Republican Party Lost its Mind. Why has the Republican party gone crazy? What’s up with Marjorie Taylor Greene? And what might a Republican House majority look like after the midterms? Stay tuned as David and Robert explore all of this and more on today’s action-packed episode of The Remnant. Show Notes: -Robert: “The Problem of Marjorie Taylor Greene” -Robert’s new book, Weapons of Mass Delusion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/26/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 39 seconds
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Embracing Oakeshott

On today’s gripping Ruminant, Jonah waxes philosophical about topics far and wide. Things kick off with further thoughts on Wednesday’s episode with Yuval Levin, where Jonah explores an additional aspect of Burke’s philosophy and its applicability to todays’ insular political factions. Next, he delves into Oakeshott’s theory of civil and enterprise associations and the tendency of despotic regimes to view the structure of society through the wrong lens. Finally, Jonah discusses the origins of modern American Conservatism, Progressivism’s roots in the New Deal, and William James’ conception of the moral equivalent of war. Show Notes: -Wednesday’s The Remnant with Yuval Levin -We Need to Stop Calling Ourselves Conservatives Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/22/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 42 seconds
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A Cynical Man

Snowbound in the depths of Pennsylvania, Jonah invites the inimitable Yuval Levin back to the Remnant for a philosophical yet accessible conversation on the responsibilities we face as members of a free society. What’s the best way to approach political and civic life in the United States, and how should we treat our institutions? For that matter, why is cynicism harmful? Can higher education be fixed? And is the internet damaging democracy? Show Notes: - Yuval’s page at AEI - A Time to Build, still available from all good booksellers - Yuval: “The Constitution and National Unity” - Yuval’s ideas for repairing democracy - Mark Leibovich’s This Town - “You are all individuals” - Robert Nisbet’s The Quest for Community - Arnold Kling: “How the Internet Turned Bad” - Yuval: “Politics After the Internet” - Megan McArdle: “It’s time for major institutions to make their employees get off of Twitter” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/20/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 47 seconds
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Three Years of The Dispatch

It’s that time again: We’ve reached The Dispatch’s third birthday, and to celebrate, Jonah invites Steve Hayes back to the Remnant to discuss the state of the institution. With water in hand rather than alcohol, they reflect on The Dispatch’s internal growth, its departure from Substack, and some of the most memorable events of the past year. Then, they preview some exciting plans for the future while addressing a few important questions: What sets The Dispatch apart? Will the fabled Dispatch app ever be invented? And how optimistic should we be about American political life? Show Notes: - The Dispatch’s manifesto - The Morning Dispatch walks you through the new Dispatch website - Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death - James Stewart’s Follow the Story - David Freedlander: “Why Republicans Stopped Talking to the Press” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/19/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 52 seconds
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Inflationary Fever

In yet another self-indulgent extravaganza, Jonah tackles political topics both old and new in today's Ruminant. Leading off with current events, Jonah gives his thoughts on the final January 6th hearings and inflation’s tendency to make all other ills hurt worse. Next, in a fit of righteous indignation, Jonah dives deeply into his seemingly bottomless pit of Woodrow Wilson hatred to discuss the historic memory-holing of Wilson’s transgressions and their growing appreciation among the mainstream. Things are finally capped off with a lengthy discussion of tribalism, urban politics, and the failures of universities. Producer’s note: This episode contains an abundance of Woodrow Wilson references. Out of concern for listeners’ sanity, the musical cue was reserved for only the most poignant of mentions. Show Notes: - Rick Perlstein: “When America Had a Moral Panic Over Inflation” - The New York Times reviews American Midnight - Jonah: “Of Memory Holes and Memory Buriers” - The New York Times reviews Liberal Fascism - This week’s Dispatch Podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/15/20221 hour, 25 minutes, 41 seconds
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Men of the People

To mark the arrival of The Dispatch’s new website, Jonah invites Kevin Williamson back to the Remnant for another nerdishly random conversation. They begin by discussing the oppression of the QWERTY keyboard, strange quirks of the free market, and the benefits of democracy, before turning to the legacy of the New Deal and pressing matters of rank punditry. Will the Remnant ever become the majority? Have Kevin’s anarchic instincts mellowed? And what does the future hold for The Dispatch?  Show Notes: - Kevin’s page at The Dispatch - The story of QWERTY - The horseshoe crab: same as it ever was? - Jonah: “Slouching Towards the Old World” - Robert Higgs’ Crisis and Leviathan - Amity Shlaes' The Forgotten Man - Kevin’s The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome - Kevin: “‘A Normal Politician’” -  The Remnant (hosted by Sarah Isgur) with Jonathan Swan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/13/20221 hour, 23 minutes, 48 seconds
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Way Down Under

While Jonah flees the oppressive heat of Texas, Sarah Isgur takes control of the Remnant with weird and wonderful results. She’s joined by Jonathan Swan of Axios, and her uncomfortably personal lines of questioning—which cover kangaroo meat, childhood crushes, and the pains of immigration—may discourage him from ever returning. Serious conversation is also mixed in on the midterm elections, which raises a number of questions: How are Trump’s picks likely to perform in November? What will our parties look like in 10 years? And are campaign staffers dragging Democratic politicians to the cultural left? Show Notes: - Sarah’s page at The Dispatch - Jonathan’s page at Axios - The Herschel Walker situation - Jonathan: “Trumpier Than Trump” - Jonathan: “Team Trump Sees Special Masters as Deep FBI Skeptic” - The Remnant with Ruy Teixeira Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/12/202256 minutes, 44 seconds
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Breaking Bourgeois

In a defiant act against the forces that seek to make his recordings shorter, Jonah delivers an especially self-indulgent Ruminant that covers an eclectic range of topics. Following a lengthy period of proverbial throat-clearing, Jonah begins by discussing news of Ben Sasse’s departure from the Senate and tensions within the “Never Trump” wing of conservative politics. Things then take a philosophical turn as Jonah explores the narcissism of small differences, arrogance of intellect, and why Republicans and Democrats irrationally undermine electoral institutions at their own peril. Stick around until the end for some thoughts on Mitch McConnell and a touch of much needed housekeeping. Show Notes: -Jonah’s Breaking Bad cover story for National Review -This week’s French Press -American Greatness on Jonah and Covfefe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/8/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 8 seconds
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Clouds Over Coffey

Klon Kitchen, The Dispatch’s resident foreign policy maestro, takes control of the Remnant today with predictably wonky results. His guest is Luke Coffey, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute who shares his expertise on national security. Together, they take a deep dive into the ongoing Ukraine conflict, exploring how things have changed since it began and what we can expect in the coming months. What tactics have the Ukrainians been employing? At this point, what is Putin’s goal? And could Russia use a nuclear weapon? Show Notes: - Luke’s Hudson Institute webpage - Klon’s page at The Dispatch - Luke: “Prepare Ukraine for Victory in a Long War” - Klon: “Putin’s Petulance” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/6/202257 minutes, 9 seconds
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Day of the Tentacles

On the mend from a hectic book tour, the ever-reliable Chris Stirewalt returns to the Remnant for some old fashioned rank punditry on partisanship, the midterms, and America’s changing demographics. After discussing the Herschel Walker situation, MAGA’s hatred of Mitch McConnell, and the allure of strange aspects of Japanese culture, Chris and Jonah answer some of the most pressing questions of the moment. Will the Dobbs decision have much influence on the midterms? Is there anything good about primaries? And why can’t politicians talk about how great it is to be alive right now? Show Notes: - Chris’ page at The Dispatch - Chris’ new book, Broken News - GLoP enters the Uberverse - GLoP does cornhole - Herschel Walker’s bad night - Nick Catoggio: “Forget the Polls. Let’s Talk About Vibes.” - Sean Trende: “Setting Expectations for the House in 2022 Midterms” - The Remnant with Ruy Teixeira - The Remnant with Elaine Kamarck - David Frum: “If Liberals Won’t Enforce Borders, Fascists Will” - Dexter Filkins profiles Ron DeSantis - David Foster Wallace’s Kenyon College commencement speech - Join The Dispatch’s What’s Next conference in Naples, Florida Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/5/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 36 seconds
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Pipe Dreams

On today’s characteristically rambly Ruminant, Jonah seeks to weave a web between current events, history, and philosophy. After briefly theorizing about the identity of the Nord Stream pipeline’s saboteur, Jonah returns to his Liberal Fascism roots to explore the differences between German and Italian fascism and their shared reliance on hyper-nationalism. Next, he addresses the conservative movement’s roots in American exceptionalism and the new right’s embrace of European-style populism. Then, in a contemplative end to the episode, Jonah reflects on his newfound knowledge of rodentology by considering the potential consequences of incestuous rat relationships. Show Notes: - The Dispatch Podcast on the Nord Stream sabotage - Wednesday’s G-File: “Slouching Towards the Old World” - The Remnant with rat expert Michael H. Parsons Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/1/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 2 seconds
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Manning Up

Richard Reeves of the hated Brookings Institution joins the Remnant for the first time to discuss his new book, Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do About It. In a moment where the family unit is collapsing, gender differences in education are becoming more pronounced, and large numbers of men are withdrawing entirely from the workforce, it’s vital to explore what’s driving these trends and whether they can be reversed. Why is fatherhood important? What defines true masculinity? And how have young men changed psychologically in recent years? Show Notes: - The Remnant (on rats!) with Dr. Michael Parsons - Richard’s page at Brookings  - Richard’s new book, Of Boys and Men - Richard: “No, the Boys Are Not Doing Just Fine” - Richard: “Why Boys Should Start School a Year Later Than Girls” - The Remnant with Nick Eberstadt - Jonathan Haidt: “Facebook’s Dangerous Experiment on Teen Girls” - Richard joins Coleman Hughes’ podcast - Richard and Jonathan Haidt’s illustrated guide to John Stuart Mill - The Remnant with Brent Orrell - “The Tenuous Attachments of Working-Class Men” - Daniel Cox: “American Men Suffer a Friendship Recession” -  Jonah: “The Descent of Men” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/29/20221 hour, 37 minutes
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Aw, Rats

For years, Jonah roamed the moors of the internet in search of a particular kind of expert to host on the Remnant, but his efforts seemed in vain. At last, however, his sacrifices to Baal have been answered. Today, Dr. Michael H. Parsons, an expert on rodentology at Fordham University, joins the program to discuss everything you could possibly want to know about rats, their behavior, and why controlling them in urban areas is so difficult. What does rat culture look like? How do rats really feel about people? Why are certain cities plagued by them while others seem untainted? And should you be concerned by Jonah’s exceptionally good mood? Show Notes: - Dr. Parsons: “Better rat control in cities starts by changing human behavior” - Dr. Parsons: “Revealing the secret lives of urban rats” - The Norway rat - Dr. Kelly Lambert’s rat research - Rats vs. feral cats - Does New York have more rats than people? -  The Remnant with Matt Ridley Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/28/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 10 seconds
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Maternal Instincts

Coming to you from a thunderous Sioux Falls, today’s Ruminant features a distinctly Goldbergian potpourri of rank punditry and eggheadery. Jonah begins by discussing the merits of the Letitia James lawsuit, his general distaste for enthusiasm, and Trump’s cavalier treatment of classified materials. After a not-so-brief foray into the consequences of the left’s pro-truth hypocrisy, things end on an esoteric note as Jonah contemplates pragmatism and the philosophical differences between the New Deal and the Great Society. Show Notes: - Eli Lake: “Framed and Guilty” - The Atlantic: “Separating Sports by Sex Doesn’t Make Sense” - The Fair Jessica’s review of The Frailty Myth - Chelsea Conaboy: “Maternal Instinct Is a Myth That Men Created” - Jonah: “Both Parties Are to Blame for the Immigration Crisis” - The Remnant with Nick Eberstadt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/24/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 25 seconds
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Hardly Working

Nicholas Eberstadt, AEI’s Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, makes an overdue Remnant return to discuss his new book, Men Without Work: Post-Pandemic Edition, an expanded version of his 2016 release which examined the collapse of work for men in modern America. Why are increasingly large numbers of men abandoning the workforce? Is something similar going on with women? And what will be the social, cultural, and economic effects of this trend? Tune in to hear these questions answered, and to hear some reflections on why work is valuable in the first place. Show Notes: - Dr. Eberstadt’s page at AEI - Men Without Work: Post-Pandemic Edition - Dr. Eberstadt: “What’s Behind the Flight from Work in Post-Pandemic America” - The Remnant with Michael Strain - Charles Murray’s Coming Apart - The Remnant with Marian Tupy - Keynes: “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren” - China, unquarantined - Allahpundit, unmasked - Dispatch Live introduces Kevin D. Williamson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/22/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 38 seconds
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Strain’s New Respect

Michael Strain, Remnant regular and beloved economic policy wonk at AEI, returns to the program to explore the state of inflation and kvetch about the Federal Reserve. He and Jonah also provide some unwashed commentary on House of the Dragon, discuss whether economics really is a dismal science, and mix in some thoughts on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. Can inflation be fought at the state level? When should economics and politics mix? And is it possible for a Remnant episode to be too long and nerdy? Show Notes: - Michael’s page at AEI - Jonah: “Not Everything Is a Morality Tale” - Russia’s oil riches - Celebrate Kevin D. Williamson’s arrival at The Dispatch with a 30-day free trial Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/21/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 42 seconds
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Somebody’s Watching Me

Live and under-caffeinated from a mysterious compound buried deep in the Adirondacks, Jonah focuses today’s Ruminant on nationalism, liberalism, and the American tradition. After providing an update on the state of The Dispatch and a few thoughts on integrity in politics, he launches into an epic rant on the recent National Conservatism Conference in Miami and the movement behind it. Throughout, he’s keen to stress a particular point: Our constitutional order still works. Show Notes: - Peter Thiel, losing Arizona - Jonah: “Mugged by Fallacy” - The Ahmari-French debate - National conservatism: a primer - Jonah: “Bellamy’s Children” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/17/202258 minutes, 13 seconds
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Serious Thrills

Determined to reclaim his Remnant throne from Chris Stirewalt, Jim Geraghty returns to the program to discuss his new thriller, Gathering Five Storms. The novel also provides a launch pad for some exceedingly rank punditry on Russia, the midterms, and the state of the Republican Party. Earlier in the year, it seemed certain that the GOP would make significant gains in November, but is that still the case? For that matter, why does the foreign policy establishment seem to get so many things wrong? How does writing fiction compare to writing about politics? And can any pundit match Jim’s Trump impression? Show Notes: - Jim’s page at National Review - Jim’s new novel, Gathering Five Storms - Jonah and Yuval Levin’s first Remnant encounter - Jim: “Control of the Senate Is Still a Jump Ball” - Jim: “Does AOC Want to Be Anything More Than a Celebrity?” - Jonah: “Principles vs. Partisanship” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/14/20221 hour, 25 minutes, 27 seconds
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Down to the Roots

On today’s Ruminant, Jonah provides a distinctly Goldbergian fusion of punditry and nerdery. After evaluating Joe Biden’s use of the phrase “MAGA Republicans” and offering a few further thoughts on the Philadelphia speech, he discusses Steve Bannon’s arrest, the ongoing fallout from the Mar-a-Lago raid, and Gov. Greg Abbott’s migrant busing policy. It all ends on a philosophical note, as Jonah reflects on the distinction between conservatism and radicalism. Show Notes: - Last weekend’s Remnant - Last Friday’s G-File - Texas’ migrant bussing - Muriel Bowser declares a public emergency - Steve Bannon’s arrest - Andy McCarthy on Bannon’s indictment - The Dispatch Podcast on the Mar-a-Lago investigation - Greta Van Awful - The pandemic erased two years of progress in math and reading - The Remnant with Matt Continetti - Leo Ribuffo’s The Old Christian Right - Ukraine lures Russian missiles with fake HIMARs - Attend The Dispatch’s What’s Next summit in Naples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/10/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 9 seconds
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Crime After Crime

It’s been a while since the Remnant featured an expert on crime, but today, Manhattan Institute fellow Rafael Mangual joins the program to fill that void. Recently, Rafael published Criminal (In)Justice, in which he argues against decarceration and depolicing. Using that book as a launch pad, he and Jonah discuss the sociological factors behind criminality, how crime can be deterred, and why the U.S. is an outlier in its incarceration rate. Plenty of policy wonkery is also mixed in.   Show Notes: - Rafael’s Manhattan Institute webpage - Rafael’s new book, Criminal (In)Justice - Rafael: “The Cost of Decarceration” - The D.C. sniper attacks - Jonah: “Abolishing Police Departments Is Insane” - Stanton Samenow’s Inside the Criminal Mind - Rafael: “Are Democrats Serious About Gun Crime?” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/8/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 10 seconds
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Apocalypse Maybe

Cato Institute uberwonk Marian Tupy returns to the Remnant to discuss his new book, Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet. For some time, the idea that overpopulation will deplete the world of its resources has been popular in sociology. In this extra-long, extra-nerdy outing, Marian explains why its proponents are mistaken. He and Jonah also explore how nations become prosperous, the problem of collapsing fertility rates, and the appeal of apocalyptic predictions.   Show Notes: - Marian’s page at the Cato Institute - Marian and Gale L. Pooley’s new book, Superabundance - HumanProgress.org - The Simon-Ehrlich wager - Jane Goodall and Prince Harry on sustainability - Nick Eberstadt: “The Americans Who Never Went Back to Work After the Pandemic” - Jonah’s review of The Reactionary Mind - The Morning Dispatch breaks big news Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/7/20221 hour, 32 minutes, 55 seconds
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Forever Twirling

With no preparation and last minute coordination, the drive-time Remnant format returns. Today’s pointlessly random audio adventure covers Biden’s polarizing speech in Philadelphia, Jonah’s unique theory of what happened at Mar-a-Lago, and the dark connection between fast food magnates and conservative think tanks. Musings on TV, movies, and the strange nature of the solo Ruminant are also mixed in. Plus, stick around until the end for some breaking news about The Dispatch.   Show Notes: - Biden’s Philadelphia speech - Marc Thiessen: “Biden is disgracing the institution of the prime-time presidential address” - Jimmy Carter’s malaise speech - The gap between Trump and his lawyers - Michael D. Higgins… - …and his dogs - The Thailand cave rescue Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/3/202245 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Heroine Diaries

Katherine Mangu-Ward is back on the Remnant, and although Jonah had planned on hosting her for an episode of rank punditry, their conversation takes a more philosophical turn instead. After digging into the weeds of libertarian philosophy, the nature of the social good, and the relationship between libertarianism and feminism, they explore a potpourri of topics ranging from drug liberalization to the transgender debate. Be prepared for unfettered nerdery.   Show Notes: - Katherine’s page at Reason - The Remnant with Sarah Isgur - David Friedman on medieval Iceland - The Remnant with Megan McArdle - Nate Cohn: “How Educational Differences Are Widening America’s Political Rift” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/1/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 35 seconds
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Over the Limit

It’s a Dispatch crossover on today’s Remnant, as Sarah Isgur returns to the program to explore the aftermath of the Mar-a-Lago raid, the meaning of executive privilege, and whether this situation can be compared with the Hillary Clinton email controversy. There’s also an extended discussion of child-rearing and the neuroscience of motherhood prompted by a recent New York Times op-ed. Oh, and a look at Sarah’s strange relationship with spiders.   Show Notes: - Who gets to classify (and declassify) government secrets? - Chelsea Conaboy: “Maternal Instinct Is a Myth That Men Created” - Caroline Criado-Perez’ Invisible Women - Radiolab’s “The Unsilencing” - The Remnant with Paul Bloom - Paul Bloom’s Just Babies - James Q. Wilson’s The Moral Sense Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/31/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 55 seconds
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Happy Families

Poised to return from Maine, Jonah’s in especially scatterbrained form on today’s eclectic Ruminant. He begins the program by expanding on Wednesday’s “news”letter and offering some further thoughts on the problematic relationship between data and audiences in today’s media space. Afterward, he addresses Biden’s “morally and politically indefensible” student loan forgiveness plan, the foolishness of politicians who don’t know what they believe, and the nature of a life well lived. Stick around until the end for ruminations on nationalism and fulfillment. Show Notes: - The Wednesday G-File - James C. Scott’s Seeing Like a State - The Remnant with Klon Kitchen - The Remnant with Chris Stirewalt - Jason Furman’s critique of Biden’s student loan plan - The Washington Post editorial page blasts Biden - The Remnant with Beth Akers - Blake Masters backtracks on abortion - The Remnant with Russ Roberts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/27/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 48 seconds
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Exit the Dragon

The Remnant offers two guests in one today, as AEI scholars Hal Brands and Michael Beckley join the program to discuss their new book, Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China. With the United States and China running a “superpower marathon,” how can we expect the competition to resolve, and is there an appropriate historical analogy for China’s current state? Furthermore, what foreign policy should we pursue toward China? Can China make a stable transition to democracy? And will Michael go down in Remnant history as the only guest to join from the back of an Uber?   Show Notes: - Hal and Michael’s new book, Danger Zone - Hal and Michael: “What Does China Want?” - Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson’s Why Nations Fail - Hal: “The Dangers of China’s Decline” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/25/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 5 seconds
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His Boy Friday

Chris Stirewalt makes his long-awaited twentieth Remnant appearance today to discuss his new book, Broken News: Why the Media Rage Machine Divides America and How to Fight Back. It’s a giant-sized extravaganza of an episode, which covers the evolution of America’s major news networks, the need for journalism to be vocational rather than professional, and the nature of “fair and balanced” media coverage. Ultimately, Chris is keen to stress a particular point: Americanism is central to American journalism.   Show Notes: - Chris’ new book, Broken News - Chris previews Broken News in The Dispatch - Yuval Levin’s The Fractured Republic - Andrey Mir: “How the Media Polarized Us” - William Raspberry: “In Praise of Hypocrisy” - The New York Times on Chris’ book Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/24/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 22 seconds
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Keeping Cool

Entering the final week of his sojourn in Maine, Jonah begins today’s Ruminant with an account of a drive he recently took to Chautauqua, New York and a reflection on the joys of travel. He also offers a few thoughts on free speech and the stabbing of Salman Rushdie, as well as the nature of patriotism and the importance of gratitude for the things we’ve inherited. The episode concludes with some especially ranty punditry on Liz Cheney’s defeat and ludicrous explanations for why Trump took classified documents to Mar-a-Lago. Plus, there’s an appeal for you, our listeners, to suggest future guests for the program, provided they meet certain strange criteria. Show Notes: - The Remnant with Russ Roberts - Yuval Levin: “Conservatism is Gratitude” - “The jerk store called…” - Jonah on “fundamentally transforming” America - Bananification - Duke’s bipartisanship leaderboard - The Remnant with Carlos Lozada - The Dispatch Podcast on Liz Cheney’s defeat - Jonah: “The Only Adult in the Room” - Advisory Opinions on the history of English - Advisory Opinions on orc battle tactics Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/20/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 26 seconds
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Free to Choose

What constitutes a life well lived, and what does it mean to truly flourish? Noted economist Russ Roberts provides answers to these pressing questions on today’s Remnant, which concerns his new book, Wild Problems: A Guide to the Decisions That Define Us. In life, we’re faced with many big decisions that can’t be solved by calculation, like when to marry, what career to choose, and whether to have children. Russ is here to explain how we should approach these problems, and to reassure us that it’s okay to make mistakes. Plus, he explores how it feels to be a “recovering economist.”   Show Notes: - Russ’ podcast, EconTalk - Russ’ new book, Wild Problems - Russ: “How to Make a Decision When There’s No ‘Right’ One” - Jonah’s hatred of new ideas - An inefficient Christmas - Sebastian Junger’s Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/17/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 55 seconds
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Last Man Standing

Jonah continues to swelter in Maine on today’s Ruminant, as he examines the aftermath of the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago and how we should interpret Merrick Garland’s response. There’s also an extended discussion of Trump’s psychology, the allure of conspiracy theories, and the nature of American exceptionalism, as Jonah explains how he made peace with being part of the Remnant.  Show Notes: - The latest Dispatch Podcast - Jonah: “Did the GOP Peak Too Soon?” - Wednesday’s bananified G-File - The Remnant with Kevin Williamson - First Things: “Abortion and a Nation at War” - Andrew McCarthy: “Thoughts on AG Garland’s Remarks” - Kevin Williamson: “Big Lies Matter” - Advisory Opinions on the Mar-a-Lago raid - Greatest country in the world? - Trump’s “a nation in decline” video Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/13/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 1 second
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Going Bananas

With his faithful canine in tow, Kevin Williamson saddles up for another Remnant escapade. This time, he and Jonah explore the Mar-a-Lago raid, the problem with new ideas in politics, and the Texas midterm elections. Plus, there’s plenty of dingo discussion mixed in for your edification. Is the president above the law? Should dog shows be banned? And can Kevin’s neighbors convince him to vote for Beto O’Rourke?   Show Notes: - Kevin’s page at National Review - The Remnant: AMA edition - Jonah: “Westminster Eugenics Show” - Kevin: “Do We Believe Our Own Dogma?” - An emergency Advisory Opinions on the Mar-a-Lago raid - Mike Huckabee’s crazy argument - This week’s Dispatch Live - Kevin: “Big Lies Matter” - Jonah: “Bonfire of the Asininities” - Jonah: “The Descent of Men” - Kevin: “Thanks For the ‘Memory’” - Jonah: “All Quiet on the Black-Ops Front” - The Remnant with David Bernstein - Hillary’s cows Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/11/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 40 seconds
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Jonah’s Delicate Condition

Jonah’s aversion to preparation catches up with him on today’s sweaty Remnant. Stuck without a guest, he’s forced to spend an hour answering listener questions selected by Guy, his AEI research assistant. The result is an eclectic throwback to the Remnant AMAs of old, which covers everything from the disappearance of “The Couch” in the G-File to the prospect of a Ron DeSantis presidential bid. How do Liberal Fascism and The Tyranny of Cliches hold up? Did Jonah enjoy his time at Goucher College? And can Jonah and Guy discuss episode 11 without turning to ash?   Show Notes: - Dingos in Maine - The Remnant with Tom Sowell - Guy and Jonah’s first encounter - Jonah: “What I Got Wrong About Fascism” - Jonah’s recent G-File adapted from The Tyranny of Cliches Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/10/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 16 seconds
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New Dogs, Old Tricks

Live from an undisclosed location in heat-struck Maine, Jonah gets ranty on today’s vigorous yet thoughtful Ruminant. In light of his surroundings, he begins with a few reflections on Ted Kennedy’s incident at Chappaquiddick before launching into a passionate tirade against the foolishness of the new right. In distinctly nerdy fashion, Jonah leaves no room for interpretation: There is no place on the right for racist politics, and white supremacist and anti-semitic ideas must necessarily be treated with moral outrage.   Show Notes: -The Cover-Up podcast on Chappaquiddick -The Ted Kennedy incident -Leo Damore’s Senatorial Privilege -The July jobs report -Jonah’s column on the Inflation Reduction Act -The Dispatch: The New Right Finds a Home at the Intersection of Populism and Elitism -The Economist on the new right -Kevin WIlliamson on Trump the manly man -Last Friday’s G-File on the descent of men -Rockefeller’s diet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/6/202252 minutes, 34 seconds
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Cool Katz

Back in the Remnant driver’s seat, Jonah invites newly minted AEI fellow Joshua Katz onto the program for a nerdtastic discussion of language and how free we are to use it. Inevitably, their conversation touches on Joshua’s departure from Princeton, cancel culture, and broader illiberalism in American life. But it also explores current issues in linguistics, how much we can really know about classical civilizations, and what “literally” actually means. Tune in to find out whether Socrates had it coming.   Show Notes: - Joshua’s page at AEI - Joshua: “Status and ‘Virtue’ at the Dalton School” - Philology - Socrates deserved it? - Joshua on his departure from Princeton - Joshua’s Declaration of Independence - College essay prompts get absurd - The latest issue of Sapir - Adrian Goldsworthy’s Caesar: Life of a Colossus - Barry Strauss’ The Spartacus War Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/4/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 57 seconds
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Fresh Meat

Filling in for an absentee Jonah, Chris Stirewalt is joined by A.B. Stoddard to provide some overpoweringly rank punditry on the state of the midterms. They begin by analyzing how current trends may affect the election results, before turning to the prospect of a political realignment in 2024 and the fear that the Inflation Reduction Act might fail to reduce inflation. Could a third party candidate win the next presidential election? Is Nancy Pelosi ready to step down? And is August an appropriate time to eat roast pork?   Show Notes: - A.B.’s page at RealClearPolitics - Chris’ page at The Dispatch - NewsNation’s recent election poll - Joe Manchin on Bret Baier - A.B.: “Biden Should Announce in 2023 That He Will Not Run Again” - Hakeem Jeffries: The next face of the Democratic Party? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/3/202258 minutes, 20 seconds
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Man of the Year

It’s a man’s, man’s world—or so Josh Hawley would have you believe. On today’s Ruminant, Jonah takes a deep dive into the new right’s obsession with masculinity and what it really means to be manly. He also assesses the pros and cons of codifying gay marriage into law, rants about Joe Manchin’s deal with Chuck Schumer, and gives some further thoughts on whether it’s right to launch criminal prosecution against a former president. It’s a radioactive episode. Show Notes: - Wednesday’s “news”letter - The Remnant with Charles C.W. Cooke - Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin make a deal - Josh Hawley’s book announcement - Tom Klingenstein: “Trump is a manly man” - Kevin Williamson: “The Virile Style” - Madeline Kearns: “Marital Clash” - The Editors on Congress’ gay marriage bill - Andrew Sullivan’s case for gay marriage Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/30/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 13 seconds
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You Can Bank on Bahnsen

With inflation increasing and the prospect of recession making headlines, David Bahnsen returns to the Remnant to answer a pressing question: How should conservatives approach economic policy? It’s an ultra-wonky conversation that also touches on common errors made by media outlets in their economic coverage and the relationship between moral and economic well being. Plus, tune in to find out which nefarious supervillain organization David secretly funds.   Show Notes: - David’s webpage - David’s Capital Record podcast - The New York Times headline that ruined Jonah’s morning - Bastiat’s parable of the broken window - The Remnant with Robert Sirico Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/28/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 26 seconds
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Secret Agent Klon

Klon Kitchen returns to the Remnant for another round of vigorous wonkery on all things national security. This time, he’s primarily concerned with the threat of Chinese espionage and the prospect of a geopolitical confrontation between China and the U.S. But he also has thoughts on the Ukraine conflict, the morality of Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, and the nature of quantum computing. Plus, tune in to hear his case for why you should delete TikTok.   Show Notes: - Klon’s page at AEI - The Current, Klon’s Dispatch newsletter - CNN’s Huawei exclusive - Klon: “Ban TikTok Now” - China’s “thousand grains of sand” approach to intelligence collection - Klon: “When the Chips Are Down” - Last weekend’s Ruminant - Klon: “Quantum Q&A” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/27/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 42 seconds
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Jumping Ship

Refreshed from his Adirondack vacation, Jonah begins today’s Ruminant with an update on the January 6 hearings and a rant on the strange phenomenon of “capture the flag” media coverage. He also explores the merits of the MAGA republicans testifying in Congress, the silliness of the idea that there’s a “right side of history,” and the general awfulness of Steve Bannon. Stick around until the end to hear why you should subscribe to The Dispatch if you haven’t already. Show Notes: - The Remnant with David Bernstein - The Remnant with Brent Orrell - Adam Davidson’s podcast advice - Jan 6 and Secret Service agents - Pence refused to get in car - Cassidy Hutchinson stands by her testimony - The Holy War over Hunter Biden’s laptop - The Rolling Stone UVA story - Jonah on Honestly with Bari Weiss - Steve Bannon’s trial - Steve Bannon’s leaked audio - “The right side of history” - What a second Trump administration would mean - Join The Dispatch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/23/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 15 seconds
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Worked Up

AEI Senior Fellow Brent Orrell joins the Remnant for a cheerfully wonky exploration of the modern workplace. With institutions and communities collapsing, Americans are increasingly looking to work as their main source of fulfillment, but is this a healthy development? For that matter, how does immigration alter the workforce? Will artificial intelligence have a positive or negative effect on the American economy? And what should we make of the “Great Resignation?”   Show Notes: - Brent’s page at AEI - Brent’s podcast, Hardly Working - Arthur Brooks on earned success - Brent: “The Great Resignation Shows It’s Time to Rethink Worker Dignity” - Brent’s “Dignity at Work” report - Brent: “How AI Is Being Transformed by ‘Foundation Models’” - The Remnant with Jim Pethokoukis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/21/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 57 seconds
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People Are People

The Remnant’s wonky streak continues as David Bernstein, professor at Antonin Scalia Law School, joins the program to discuss his new book, Classified: The Untold Story of Racial Classification in America. Racial classifications are ubiquitous in American life, but David believes they are becoming increasingly arbitrary and incoherent. His solution is to abolish official racial classification altogether and replace it with a separation of race and state. But what would this look like in practice, and how did terms of racial classification originate in the first place?   Show Notes: - David’s webpage - David’s new book, Classified - David: “How Well Do You Know America's Racial Classification System?” - Sean Trende’s The Lost Majority - The Remnant with Noah Phillips - The Remnant with Ruy Teixeira Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/20/20221 hour, 31 minutes, 45 seconds
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Terms of Engagement

July’s drive-time Remnant extravaganza is here, and it’s as deprived of substance as you’d expect. Wedding proposals, cruises, road trips, and other offbeat subjects are all discussed at unnecessary length, but a modicum of serious punditry is also mixed in on the upcoming midterms and the potential for a Trump re-election campaign announcement. Plus, tune in to hear Jonah detail his bygone days as an opera supernumerary and the rebranding of Bloggingheads.tv. Show Notes: - What’s Next Summit Tickets - Last month’s drive-time - Guy’s Kiss trip - Breezewood, PA - The Daily on the James Webb Space Telescope - Bad strategy - Nonzero, formerly Bloggingheads.tv - The SmartLess podcast - The Dispatch Podcast on the James Webb Space Telescope - Ruy Teixeira joins AEI Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/16/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 39 seconds
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What’s in a Nation?

Paul Miller, Georgetown professor and regular contributor to The Dispatch, returns to The Remnant to discuss his new book, The Religion of American Greatness: What’s Wrong with Christian Nationalism. In formidably highfalutin fashion, he and Jonah explore what drives mankind’s nationalistic impulse, why Christianity and nationalism have historically been intertwined in America, and what should hold our country together beyond the creed outlined in the Declaration of Independence. Stick around to hear Paul turn the tables on Jonah and ask him a few questions about the legacy of Suicide of the West. Show Notes: - Paul’s page at The Dispatch - Paul’s new book, The Religion of American Greatness - Paul’s appearance on Dispatch Live - Jonah: “The Dangers of Unchecked Nationalism” - Chris Hedges’ American Fascists - Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land - Rich Lowry’s The Case for Nationalism - Michael Burleigh’s The Third Reich - Yuval Levin’s The Great Debate - The Remnant with Charles C.W. Cooke - David Bell’s The Cult of the Nation in France Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/14/20221 hour, 29 minutes, 50 seconds
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Et Tu, Cooke?

An unwashed Charles C.W. Cooke returns to the Remnant for a predictably rank exploration of gun rights, criminal law, and electoral politics. There’s also a deep dive into linguistics prompted by Jill Biden’s taco gaffe, an discussion of America’s fondness for elderly political figures, and an examination of whether stop and frisk policies are constitutional. How is the 2024 presidential race shaping up? Should Trump be prosecuted for his actions on January 6? And what can we do about mass shootings?   Show Notes: - Last weekend’s Ruminant - Jill Biden’s taco blunder - Charlie: “Jill Biden’s ‘LatinX IncluXion Luncheon’ FiaXco” - Bill Bryson’s Mother Tongue - Jonah: “Where Did Biden Go Wrong?” - Charlie: “Democrats Prepare to Throw Biden Overboard” - Charlie on dismal polling for Trump and Biden - Brandenburg v Ohio - The Editors on prosecuting Trump - James Q. Wilson: “What To Do About Crime” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/13/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 46 seconds
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London Calling

After kicking off today’s Ruminant with a few reflections on his pesky first name, Jonah soon embarks on a thorough analysis of Joe Biden’s rise to the presidency and the intellectual insecurities that often come packaged with the Oval Office. An eclectic potpourri follows as Jonah explores the distinction between assassination and murder, his relationship with a top British cabinet official, and the hypocrisy of European nations regarding the abortion debate. It all ends with a more lighthearted assessment of the differences between Hollywood movies and real life. Show Notes: - The Remnant with Noah Phillips - The Remnant with Noah Rothman - David Bernstein’s work for Reason - Dana Milbank: “Give Biden a Break” - Mitt Romney: “America is in Denial” - Vice presidents who became presidents themselves - The Shinzo Abe assassination - Boris Johnson’s resignation - Assasination versus murder - Michael Gove - The EU condemns Dobbs - The Remnant with Megan McArdle - Jonah’s twitter thread on political movies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/9/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 52 seconds
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Holy Rollers

Commentary ‘s Noah Rothman makes an overdue return to the Remnant to discuss his new book, The Rise of the New Puritans, which compares today’s woke progressives with their pious ancestors. Alternating between vigorous agreement and spirited debate, Noah and Jonah explore the morality of wokeism, the state of sex and comedy, and what’s behind mankind’s puritanical impulse. They also touch on the importance of staying in your lane, the future of safetyism in American life, and whether Mike Pence should be disqualified from pursuing another presidential bid.   Show Notes: - Noah’s page at Commentary - Noah’s new book, The Rise of the New Puritans - Noah: “Joyless on the Fourth” - Josh Barro on Elon Musk - George McKenna’s The Puritan Origins of American Patriotism - Noah: “The January 6 Commission’s Biggest Reveal” - The Remnant with FTC Commissioner Noah Phillips - The latest Dispatch Live Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/7/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 30 seconds
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Noah, Can You Paradigm?

Noah Phillips of the Federal Trade Commission brings his expertise to the Remnant today for an exceedingly wonky discussion of American law and bureaucracy. The debate over Big Tech has whipped up plenty of discussion about antitrust reforms recently, but how effective could such reforms actually be? For that matter, how problematic are monopolies? Is the FTC in good shape? And how can the harmful effects of social media be mitigated?   Show Notes: - Noah’s FTC webpage - Sen. John Cornyn booed at Texas GOP convention - Amy Klobuchar’s self-preferencing bill - Hipster antitrust - Scott Lincicome on the Jones Act Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/6/20221 hour, 34 minutes, 55 seconds
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Born Free

If you’re hitting the road this weekend, today’s extra-long, extra-patriotic Ruminant should be a perfect accompaniment for your travels. Jonah begins by looking at the Dobbs decision, the relationship between the judiciary and the legislature, and why conservatives believe in originalism. Then, after offering some additional thoughts on consequentialism and a generous helping of rank punditry, he turns to the Fourth of July. In a moment where pride in America is particularly low, Jonah believes we should still be bullish about this country, and he has enough philosophical insights on hand to explain why.   Show Notes: - Last weekend’s Ruminant - Last Friday’s G-File - Joshua Zeitz: “The Supreme Court’s Faux ‘Originalism’” - Wednesday’s “news”letter - David French: “Roe Is Reversed, and the Right Isn’t Ready” - The Remnant with Megan McArdle - Only 38% say they’re extremely proud to be American - Calvin Coolidge on patriotism Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/2/20221 hour, 38 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Fierce Arrogance of Now

Megan McArdle is back on the Remnant to explore the Dobbs decision, the culture war over sex and gender, and America’s rising crime. Dingos and the innocence of childhood are also discussed, though you’ll have to tune in to see whether Jonah is willing to divulge more information about his youthful exploits as a supernumerary actor. How should the legislative and judicial branches balance their responsibilities? What does the future hold for the transgender movement? And what would Megan’s criminal justice reform agenda look like?   Show Notes: - Megan’s page at the Washington Post - The Remnant with Jay Nordlinger - Jonah: “How Dobbs Might Shape the Future of Conservatism in Unexpected Ways” - GLoP: “Occasionally Masculine” - Megan: “The Left is Counting on an Abortion Backlash That May Never Come” - Megan: “Don’t Forget the Other Women in the Pool” - Megan: “A Better Way for Democrats to Talk About Rising Crime” - Bill James’ Popular Crime - Jon Ronson’s So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed - This week’s Dispatch Live Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/30/20221 hour, 33 minutes, 17 seconds
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Dog Eat Dogma

Jay Nordlinger, Jonah’s conservative colleague and a senior editor at National Review, joins the Remnant for the first time to provide his uniquely measured blend of rank punditry and linguistic insight. Brace yourself for an eclectic potpourri of topics, including an exploration of the Dobbs decision and the future of abortion in America, a thorough discussion of what it means to be a conservative, and a few etymological asides. Also, tune in to find out whether conservatism’s three-legged stool is still standing.   Show Notes: - Jay’s page at National Review - Jay’s podcast, Q&A - Jay: “The Saudi Golf Tour Is Blatant ‘Sportswashing’” - Jay: “Roe, gone, &c.” - Jay: “What is Conservatism?” - Frank Meyer’s What is Conservatism? - The Remnant with John McWhorter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/29/20221 hour, 31 minutes, 11 seconds
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Strictly Consequential

Today’s jet-lagged Ruminant finds Jonah haunted by uncomfortable memories of John Dean as he tries to make sense of what the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision means for gun laws in America. Afterward, he offers philosophical musings on an array of topics, including consequentialist ethics, stoplights, and religious edicts. It all ends with a brief reflection on why Jonah is a conservative in the first place. Also, please note that this episode was recorded before the Supreme Court released its decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Jonah will have plenty to say on the subject very soon. Show Notes: - The Wednesday G-File - John Dean’s Worse than Watergate - The Bruen decision - The Fairbanks Midnight Sun Run - Consequentialism - Trump: “I whine until I win” - Rationalia? - Why stoplights use red - The Remnant (guest hosted by Chris Stirewalt) with Josh Kraushaar - The Remnant with Christine Rosen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/25/20221 hour, 1 minute, 53 seconds
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Think of the Children

With Jonah back from the harsh wilds of Alaska, Commentary’s Christine Rosen makes her long-awaited Remnant return. The duo explores the harmful effects of social media on young people, how pornography should be regulated, and what’s led to the rapid spread of transgender ideology. Why has trauma become a political tool? How can epigenetics explain political problems? And will this episode officially bring an end to Jonah’s friendship with John Podhoretz?   Show Notes: - Christine’s page at Commentary - The Commentary podcast - The Remnant (hosted by Jonah’s vocal doppelganger) with Josh Kraushaar - Christine: “Ban Kids From Social Media” - Christine: “The Mainstream Media Damaged our Children” - Jonah and Nick Schulz: “Gated or X-Rated?” - Christine: “How Trauma Became a Political Tool” - Jonah: “Who’s Oppressing Whom?” - The Remnant with Jonathan Rauch - The Fair Jessica: “Ms. Myths” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/23/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 5 seconds
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Midterm Madness

While Jonah scrambles to escape the wilds of Alaska, Chris Stirewalt takes control of the Remnant to provide some exceedingly rank punditry. His guest is Josh Kraushaar, who joins to explore whether the Democrats really are doomed in the upcoming midterms and what we can expect from Republicans in the remaining primaries. Josh and Chris also consider some of the most pressing questions about the 2024 presidential election: Will Joe Biden run again? How will Trump affect the race? And have the January 6 hearings been helpful to Republicans?   Show Notes: - Josh’s page at National Journal - Josh’s podcast, Against the Grain - Chris’ page at The Dispatch - Democrats attack Mehmet Oz and David McCormick - Josh on the building Republican wave - How Brian Kemp crushed Trump in Georgia Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/22/202254 minutes, 36 seconds
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Call Me Irresponsible

How does The Godfather relate to the January 6 hearings? Jonah has the answer on today’s early-morning Ruminant, which also features disquisitions on the Democrats’ economic malpractice, the asinine argument that those who didn’t vote for Trump are responsible for Biden’s failures, and the future of American democracy. Did January 6 create a constitutional crisis? Will the hearings embolden sane Republicans to speak honestly about Trump? And is it time to say buona sera to American life as we know it? Show Notes: - The Wednesday G-File - How Jonah learned to stop worrying and love the January 6 committee - The Remnant with Chris Stirewalt - The Editors on the January 6 hearings - A criminal referral of Trump? - Andy McCarthy on how Trump should have been impeached - Noah Rothman: “The January 6 Commission’s Biggest Reveal” - Newt Gingrich: “Pelosi’s Stalinist Show Trial” - Jonah: “What I Got Wrong About Fascism” - The Remnant with Fr. Robert Sirico - The 500th Remnant-palooza Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/18/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 10 seconds
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Dear Father

Rev. Robert Sirico, co-founder and president of the Acton Institute, joins the Remnant to discuss his new book, The Economics of the Parables, which uses Biblical stories to offer economic advice. With many on the right now embracing theocracy, it’s tempting to argue that the Catholic intellectual tradition is inherently at odds with capitalism. But Rev. Sirico disagrees, and he also isn’t convinced by the common left-wing argument that Jesus was a socialist. How can we heal the American heart? Should religion influence politics? And which of Rev. Sirico’s relatives might have Jonah whacked for the end of this podcast? Show Notes: - The Economics of the Parables, Rev. Sirico’s new book - Rev. Sirico’s column - Jonah on the microcosm and the macrocosm - Understanding Voegelin - Arthur Brooks’ Who Really Cares? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/16/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 56 seconds
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Truth and Consequences

Chris Stirewalt, America’s favorite rodeo expert, is back on the Remnant to provide an inside view of the January 6 hearings. He and Jonah explore how the hearings have played out so far and what we can expect the outcome to be, occasionally stopping for a few strange existential digressions. Will the hearings influence the midterms? What happened on election night when Fox decided to call Arizona? And how well does Chris know his Hume from his Haidt?   Show Notes: - Chris’ page at The Dispatch - Chris: “The January 6 Committee and Me” - Chris: “Trump’s Faction of One” - The Hangover with Steve Kornacki - Greta Van Awful - Jonah: “This Was Always the Plan” - Charles Krauthammer: “Bungled Collusion is Still Collusion” - The Remnant 500th episode extravaganza - Jonah: “The Parliamentary-Election Problem” - Jonah: “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Jan. 6 Committee” - Tim Miller on team normal - Earth’s greatest tweet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/15/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 13 seconds
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Kiss and Tell

Weird, overlong, and predictably devoid of substance, the drive-time Remnant format returns for another broadcast. Although today’s program begins with analysis of the January 6 hearings, it swiftly takes a turn for the eclectically surreal, as Jonah describes his obsession with pharmaceutical fine print, Ryan ponders the greatness of American dining halls, and Guy provides an account of his visit to a Kiss convention (yes, really). Oh, and to prevent things from becoming too pointless and indulgent (yeah, right) a few thoughts are also sprinkled in on the weakening of institutions and our fragile culture.   Show Notes: - The Dispatch breaks down the Jan 6 hearing - Jonah: “What I Got Wrong About Fascism” - The New York Times’ Jan 6 reconstruction - Stanford’s problematic dining halls - Jonathan Haidt on our uniquely stupid decade - Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park - Marvel’s Kiss comic book - Damnation Alley - The Remnant with Mike Gallagher Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/11/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Disappearing Act

It’s been a while since a recovering Marxist joined the Remnant, but Ruy Teixeira, political demographer and senior fellow at American Progress, is here to fill that void. In predictably wonky fashion, he and Jonah examine the future of the Democratic Party and how the progressive movement has changed in recent years. They also explore racism in American life, wokeism in universities, and Jonah’s renowned distaste for primaries. Whatever happened to the FDR coalition? Is Maoism back in style? And should we still be optimistic about America?  Show Notes: - Ruy’s newsletter, The Liberal Patriot - Ruy and John B. Judis’ The Emerging Democratic Majority - Ruy’s The Optimistic Leftist - Ruy: “Eyes Wide Shut” - Ruy: “How to Fix the Democratic Brand” - The Remnant with Francis Fukuyama - David Shor and the Democrats - Jonah: “That Shor Sounds Good” - Tyler Cowen on the Turing test - The Remnant with Elaine Kamarck Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/10/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Stuffed Crust Rises

Armed with a smorgasbord of booze, Jonah reunites with Rep. Mike Gallagher for another half-baked extravaganza, in which the duo’s efforts to annex Greenland may finally come to fruition. Trap doors beneath escalators, dad-centric dating apps, and various bovine innovations are among the undercooked ideas proposed for your listening enjoyment, as well as a few novel solutions for the domestic crises sweeping our nation. Tune in also for excessive pop culture discussion, ruminations on the existence of extraterrestrials, and a possible new name for the Remnant.   Show Notes: - Jonah and Rep. Mike’s previous career-ruining encounter - Leonard E. Read’s “I, Pencil” - Fully baked - Jonathan Haidt: “Facebook’s Dangerous Experiment on Teen Girls” - Yuval Levin on why we’re still governed by baby boomers - Jonah on capes - Don’t F- with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer - Tupac’s hologram - Is Al Gore an alien? - The David Weigel suspension - Yuval Levin: “The Changing Face of Social Breakdown” - Jonah: “I Think We’re Turning Japanese” - Geoffrey Household’s Rogue Male Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/8/20222 hours, 37 seconds
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High Tension

Jonah plunges into the danger zone on today’s Ruminant, covering topics ranging from the somber to the downright bizarre. After offering a few thoughts on Wednesday’s indulgent “news”letter and the nature of writer’s block, he turns to television, republicanism, and superstition, providing exceptionally nerdy disquisitions on each. Does the djinn genie live on his back? How does Jonah really feel about the Second Amendment? And after the success of the 500th Remnant-palooza, could further live events be coming soon? Show Notes: - The Wednesday G-File - Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special - Justin Fenton’s We Own This City - The Remnant with Yuval Levin - The Remnant with Tony Mills - The Remnant with Francis Fukuyama - When market failure is government failure - The Remnant with Stephen Gutowski - David French on red flag laws - The Ayn Rand poster saga continues - The 500th Remnant-palooza - Have a minute to share The Dispatch? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/4/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 42 seconds
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Can We Keep It?

Tony Mills, a senior fellow at AEI whose work focuses on science policy and political theory, joins the Remnant for an ultra-nerdy exploration of the American political tradition. He and Jonah examine whether liberalism alone can sustain the United States and why our experts have fallen into such low repute. Is free market capitalism corrosive? Why is civic republicanism important? And what are the advantages and disadvantages of bureaucracy?   Show Notes: - Tony’s page at AEI - The Remnant with Yuval Levin - Tony: “Liberalism is Not Enough” - Tony: “Illiberalism’s True Colors” - Russell Kirk and Lionel Trilling - The Remnant with Daniel Hannan - Daniel Burns: “Liberal Practice vs. Liberal Theory” - Schumpeter’s Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy - Daniel Bell’s The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism - James Burnham’s The Managerial Revolution - Orwell: “Second Thoughts on James Burnham” - Jonah on beastly bureaucracy - Tony: “Unmasking Scientific Expertise” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/3/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Remnant 500th Episode Spectacular

At long last, the Remnant-palooza celebrating Jonah’s 500th episode is here for your listening pleasure. Recorded live at the American Enterprise Institute before a crowd of Dispatch devotees, the episode features two panel discussions featuring three of the program’s most cherished guests. To begin, Sen. Ben Sasse joins Jonah for an hour of high-minded eggheadery, covering the merits of Bigfoot erotica, the loss of a common American culture, and how we can heal the political wounds caused by populism and negative polarization. Then, Chris Stirewalt and A.B. Stoddard take the stage for rank punditry on the midterm elections and what we can expect from the next presidential election. Finally, Jonah fields questions from the audience, greets a special guest, and offers a few words of appreciation for those who’ve made The Remnant so successful. It’s been a weird and wonderful journey to 500 episodes, and we’re grateful to you all for sharing it with us.   Show Notes: - The Remnant’s first episode - Jonah on mandatory voting - Renaming natural gas - There he goes again… - A.B.: “Trump - Maker of Clusters, Not Kings” - Chris on the prospect of Trump 2024 - Yuval Levin: “Trump Party or Trump Faction?”   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/20221 hour, 54 minutes, 50 seconds
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Keeping Them Honest

It’s another very, very early morning Ruminant today, yet somehow Jonah is annoyingly bombarded with texts at the start of the podcast. After figuring out how to stop the interruptions, he delves into what he thinks are the essential books for all conservatives to read. Then, sadly, he shares his thoughts on shootings, guns, body armor, and more. Stick around to hear Jonah’s thoughts on the latest iterations of Star Trek. Finally, a potpourri of topics: Is Jonah actually optimistic about the future of the GOP? Why are we obsessed with “having an honest conversation?”  Show Notes: - Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek - The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism by F. A. Hayek - The Use of Knowledge in Society by F.A. Hayek - Why I Am Not a Conservative by F. A. Hayek - Keeping the Tablets: Modern American Conservative Thought by William F. Buckley Jr. (Contributor), Charles R. Kesler (Editor) - The Portable Conservative Reader by Russell Kirk - Irving Kristol Essays - The Remnant with Stephen Gutowski - Sen. Ted Cruz's “American exceptionalism” interaction with reporter - GLoP Culture Podcast - Klon Kitchen on the Heritage Foundation Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/28/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 44 seconds
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Gutowski Talks Guns

Jonah is both excited and sad for today’s Remnant guest because Stephen Gutowski might just be the smartest person in the media today to talk about guns and mass shootings, but that means there was another mass shooting to talk about. Gutowski, founder of The Reload, comes on to talk about guns, gun laws, and the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. What even is an AR-15? Should they be banned? What does the “media” get wrong every time something like this happens? What is a “mass shooting?” What, if anything, can be done to help prevent these events? Show Notes: - The Reload: Sober, Serious Firearms Reporting and Analysis - Sign up for The Reload’s free newsletter - The Reload Podcast - The Reload Podcast with David French - National Institue of Justice study Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/26/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 45 seconds
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Monkey Business

James “Jimmy P” Pethokoukis makes his long-awaited Remnant return to assure us that life really is better than it used to be. Alternating between gratuitous sci-fi references and shameless wonkery, he and Jonah explore dynamism in American life, the potential for a new Roaring ‘20s, and the future of technology. Is there a case for universal basic income? Will Elon Musk become the next Howard Hughes? And what can we expect from the new space age?   Show Notes: - Jim’s page at AEI - Jim’s Substack, Faster, Please! - Jonah reviews The Reactionary Mind - Jim’s idea of a “post-modern” U.S. economy - America’s new space age - Jim on Musk’s Twitter takeover - Kevin Williamson on the strange case of billionaires - Jim explores Americans’ views on trade Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/25/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 51 seconds
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Irreplaceable You

Jonah’s in especially ranty form on today’s Ruminant, which finds him once again deprived of sleep thanks to the wailings of a local fox. He begins by offering a few further thoughts on the relationship between religion and politics following Tim Alberta’s Remnant appearance. Afterward, rank punditry ensues, as Jonah explores how both parties are harming the United States through their concern for short-term power above all else. Stick around for lengthy disquisitions on the Great Replacement theory, immigration, and pluralism. Show Notes: - The Remnant with Tim Alberta - Tim: “How Politics Poisoned the Evangelical Church” - Jonah ruminates on abortion - National Review’s “Editors” podcast on the Pennsylvania race - Last Friday’s G-File - Jonah: “Never Trump Nevermore” - The Remnant with Yascha Mounk - Wednesday’s “news”letter - The Dispatch Podcast on the Buffalo tragedy - The Remnant with Paul Bloom Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/21/20221 hour, 31 minutes, 47 seconds
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Tim Alberta Is Angry

Tim Alberta of The Atlantic joins Jonah to talk about his latest piece How Politics Poisoned the Evangelical Church. The story and the evangelical church is personal to Alberta, as he grew up a “pastor’s kid” in Brighton, Michigan, and has witnessed a changing of the church from the frontlines. What surprised him about writing this piece? Why is he “angry”? Plus, stick around to the end for some rank, 2024 GOP presidential punditry.  Show Notes: How Politics Poisoned the Evangelical Church by Tim Alberta Tim’s Twitter Tim’s Atlantic page The Dispatch Podcast episode mentioning Tim’s piece Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/19/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ghastly Groupishness

Yascha Mounk makes his second appearance on The Remnant, this time to discuss his new book, The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure. In a conversation tailor-made for holders of the Remnant bingo card, Yascha and Jonah discuss the dangers of tribalism and populism, America’s crisis of community, and what patriotism should look like. They also examine America’s shifting demographics and take a deep dive into the nuances of liberal philosophy.   Show Notes: - Yascha’s web page - The Great Experiment - Yascha’s previous Remnant appearance - The coalitional instinct - The cult of unity - The Remnant with Yuval Levin - The Remnant with Francis Fukuyama Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 4 seconds
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It’s No Game

Haunted by the wailings of a local fox, Jonah brings an elevated degree of curmudgeonliness to today’s wide-ranging Ruminant. After offering some further thoughts on the hyper-politicization of American society and the erosion of institutions, Jonah turns to abortion, dispelling a few common myths and outlining what post-Roe law should look like. He also explores inflation, the ongoing Ukraine conflict, and what separates a eulogy from a resume. Plus, tune in for more details on the Remnant’s upcoming 500th episode extravaganza. Show Notes: - The Remnant with Yuval Levin - WeRateDogs - Washington Post journalists prove Yuval and Jonah’s point - Jonah explains his abortion views - The New Republic blasts Justice Alito - The Wednesday G-File - Midge Decter, R.I.P. - Biden’s recent inflation speech - The Wall Street Journal on the looming battle in eastern Ukraine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/14/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 22 seconds
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Liberty, American Style

Yuval Levin returns to the Remnant to provide his signature brand of edifying eggheadery. Institutions, the culture war, and the necessity of staying in your lane are all covered in this high minded conversation. Jonah and Yuval also discuss America’s unique fusion of liberalism and republicanism and what we can expect from abortion law if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Plus, tune in for an update on the Remnant’s special 500th episode live event.   Show Notes: - Yuval’s page at AEI - Yuval: “How to Curb the Culture War” - The Wednesday G-File - Francis Fukuyama’s Liberalism and its Discontents - The Remnant with Francis Fukuyama - Daniel E. Burns: “Liberal Practice v. Liberal Theory” - Carl Eric Scott: “The Five Conceptions of Liberty” - Yuval on Obama’s second inaugural - Yuval: “Family Policy After Roe” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 6 seconds
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Paying Up

Beth Akers, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, joins The Remnant for extreme wonkery on student debt and the economics of higher education. Why have the Democrats become so fixated on the issue of forgiving student loan debt, and can a moral argument be made for forgiveness? Furthermore, are most graduate programs pointless? How can we fix America’s universities? And can anyone match Jonah’s raw disdain for journalism schools?   Show Notes: - Beth’s page at AEI - Beth’s first book, Game of Loans - Beth’s latest book, Making College Pay - Beth on why student loan cancellation will backfire - Jonah ruminates on student debt - The Remnant with Alex Tabarrok  - Bryan Caplan’s The Case Against Education - Bryan on Beth’s podcast, “An Economist Goes to College” - Bryan on the Remnant - WSJ: “The Elite Master’s Degrees That Don’t Pay Off” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/11/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 25 seconds
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Drive-Time Ruminant 13: Big, if True

The drive-time Remnant format returns for another eclectic broadcast that, initially at least, comes dangerously close to providing actual substance. In predictably freewheeling fashion, Jonah, Guy, and Ryan explore the abortion debate and how the culture war manifests in various cultures, evaluate the merits of The Batman, and ponder when China’s influence on Hollywood will decrease. They also make an exciting announcement: On May 24th, the Remnant’s 500th episode will be recorded live at the American Enterprise Institute, and Dispatch subscribers are invited to attend. Tune in to hear all the juicy details, and keep a close eye on the site over the coming days for more information. Show Notes: - The Wednesday G-File - The Remnant with Chris Stirewalt - Yascha Mounk’s The Great Experiment - Last week’s nerdtastic GLoP - Lady Liberty stands tall - Jonah: “A Slow Kowtow to China” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/7/202251 minutes, 12 seconds
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Young at Heart

Fairy tales can come true, and it may happen to you on today’s Remnant, which sees Jonah reunite with Chris Stirewalt for more rank punditry, dated pop culture references, and gratuitous Clinton bashing. They begin by exploring the Roe leak, digging into what it means for abortion law and how Biden should handle the situation, before turning to J.D. Vance’s victory in Ohio and what we can expect from the Pennsylvania Senate primary. Tune in for political insight, but stick around to see whether Jonah and Chris can resist discussing testicle tanning. Show Notes: - Chris’ page at The Dispatch - The Remnant with Francis Fukuyama - The Remnant with H.R. McMaster - The Remnant with Thomas Chatterton Williams - The Brimley/Cocoon Line - The Wednesday G-File - The Dispatch breaks down J.D. Vance’s win Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/5/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 24 seconds
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Master and Commander

Retired Gen. H.R. McMaster—Hoover Institution senior fellow, former national security adviser, and foreign policy expert—makes his first appearance on the Remnant to discuss China, Russia, and Afghanistan. He and Jonah examine what led to the war in Ukraine, the likelihood of Xi Jinping invading Taiwan, and whether institutional failures were to blame for the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal. They also dig into America’s shifting role on the world stage and what our defense budget should look like. By the end, one question remains unanswered: What’s the best war movie ever made?   Show Notes: - McMaster’s page at the Hoover Institution - “GoodFellows,” McMaster’s group video show at Hoover - “Battlegrounds,” McMaster’s interview program - Battlegrounds, McMaster’s latest book - Dereliction of Duty, McMaster’s first book - Putin’s case for invading Ukraine - The Remnant with Klon Kitchen - Sergei Lavrov compares Zelensky to Hitler - The Remnant with Hal Brands on Cold War history - The Economist on countries faking their COVID numbers - Operation Market Garden Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/4/202259 minutes, 53 seconds
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Breaking the Veil

On the mend from his sudden bout of illness, Jonah approaches today’s Ruminant with his standard level of nerdy panache. After offering a few thoughts on how The Tyranny of Clichés holds up today, he commences a lengthy rant on why canceling student debt would be a serious moral and political blunder, before turning to Francis Fukuyama’s work on liberalism. What does the relationship between virtue and responsibility look like? When is grad school worthwhile? And is John Rawls one of history’s greatest monsters? Show Notes: - The Remnant with David French  - The Remnant with Francis Fukuyama - Wednesday’s totally uncontroversial G-File - Game of Loans, by Beth Akers and Matthew M. Chingos - Puppet Master - Shoshana Weissman on occupational licensing - WSJ: “The Elite Master’s Degrees That Don’t Pay Off” - Jonah reviews Nine Days - The Moynihan Report - Charles A. Reich’s The Greening of America - Jonah’s notes on nationalism Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/30/20221 hour, 7 minutes
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Making History

On today’s Remnant, Francis Fukuyama finally stops by to discuss his new book, Liberalism and its Discontents, and Jonah can barely contain his enthusiasm. The resulting conversation is a feast of philosophical nerdery, which explores the origins of the liberal tradition, the state of liberalism in contemporary America, and the future of the free world. How did “neoliberal” become such a popular pejorative? What are the limits of federalism? And should we be optimistic about the political trajectory of the United States?   Show Notes: - Liberalism and its Discontents - The End of History and the Last Man - Our Posthuman Future - The Origins of Political Order - Dr. Fukuyama previews Liberalism and its Discontents in American Purpose - Justice Scalia’s commencement speech - Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff’s The Coddling of the American Mind Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/28/202259 minutes, 2 seconds
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Man Bites Mouse

Sick with a nasty fever, Jonah approaches today’s Remnant not as an emergency podcast, but a podcast imbued with a sense of emergency. His guest is David French, who returns for a lengthy discussion of Ron DeSantis’ feud with Disney and what it reveals about American polarization. Also on the docket is what we can expect from Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter and how Jonah and David would change the site if they were given control. Stick around until the end for obligatory discussion of TV, movies, and other items of nerdy miscellanea.   Show Notes: - David’s page at The Dispatch - The Morning Dispatch breaks down Florida’s plan to annex Disney World - Charlie Cooke: “Ron DeSantis’s Misguided Attack on Disney’s Legal Status” - An extra-feisty Charlie Cooke on National Review’s “Editors” podcast - Jonah’s latest column on the Disney saga - David: “How Twitter Beclowns the American Elite” - Nate Cohn and Kevin Quealy on the Democratic electorate - Francis Fukuyama’s Liberalism and its Discontents Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202259 minutes, 24 seconds
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Major-Duma

On today’s Ruminant, Jonah serves up a typically eclectic potpourri of rank punditry and historical nerdery. After exploring how, in almost literary fashion, Kevin McCarthy’s hidden normalcy has proved to be his undoing, Jonah turns to the origins of socialism, and what the Soviet approach to collectivism can tell us about Putin’s ambitions for Russia today. He also shares his thoughts on Florida’s Disney kerfuffle, modern architecture, and what we can expect from the upcoming midterms.  Show Notes: - The Remnant with Thomas Chatterton Williams - Kevin McCarthy’s political malpractice - Jonah: “Karl Marx’s Jew-Hating Conspiracy Theory” - The Remnant on Marx and antisemitism - The Remnant with Klon Kitchen - Elizabeth Warren’s midterm proposal - Jonah: “More Sandwiches, Less Kale Foam” - Ruy Texiera: “Eyes Wide Shut” - Charlie Cooke: “Ron DeSantis’s Misguided Attack on Disney’s Legal Status” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/23/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 59 seconds
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Quelle Surprise Agréable

Thomas Chatterton Williams, nonresident AEI fellow and writer at The Atlantic, joins the Remnant for the first time to discuss race and ethnicity in America. Thomas, who describes himself as “ex-black,” believes we need to “unlearn race” to fulfill the promise of the Declaration of Independence. But what would that entail in practice, and how can we move away from racial categories while preserving a diverse culture? Moreover, why is it beneficial to spend time residing in a foreign country? What are “American values?” And will France soon annex the United States?   Show Notes: - Thomas’ page at AEI - Thomas’ latest book, Self-Portrait in Black and White - Thomas: “My Family’s Life Inside and Outside America’s Racial Categories” - Thomas: “Saving Classics From Identity Politics” - Albert Murray’s The Omni-Americans - The Remnant with John McWhorter - Emmanuel Macron rejects wokeism - Jonah: “What if we Ran Our Elections Like France?” - James Baldwin: “The Discovery of What it Means to be an American” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/21/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Right Side: Part 2

Jonah and Matt Continetti continue their tremendously nerdy adventure through the history of American conservatism today, taking us from the 1970s to the present. In a conversation tailor-made for holders of the Remnant bingo card, they discuss the Reagan Revolution, the Clinton years, the future of the conservative movement, and much more. Can the contemporary right hold off resurgent anti-Americanism? Could fascism happen here? And how many more times will Matt need to appear for Jonah to ask everything that’s on his mind? Show Notes: - Matt’s page at AEI - The Right, available now - Part 1 of Jonah and Matt’s shameless nerdfest - Buckley’s The Unmaking of a Mayor - Barry Goldwater’s The Conscience of a Conservative - Milton and Rose Friedman’s Two Lucky People - Kevin Phillips’ The Emerging Republican Majority - John Patrick Diggins’ Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History - Stephen F. Hayward’s The Age of Reagan - Jonah: “Appetite for Power” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/19/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 24 seconds
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Mr. Popularity

After providing an update on his absence this week, Jonah begins today’s Ruminant on a note of uncertainty: He hasn’t decided whether an Elon Musk Twitter takeover is something we should welcome or fear. His mind is also occupied by the idea raised by Megan McArdle that Americans are increasingly “sidestepping institutions” in their daily lives, as well as Matt Continetti’s perspective on the term “right-winger.” Plus, tune in for a predictably nerdy disquisition on populism and why an old-fashioned liberal ethos is what separates conservatism from statism.   Show Notes: - The Remnant with Megan McCardle - Martin Kramer’s The War on Error - The Remnant with Michael Brendan Dougherty - Part 1 of the Remnant’s Matt Continetti nerdapalooza - Father Coughlin: Man of the left - Louis Hartz’s The Liberal Tradition in America - Seymour Martin Lipsett’s American Exceptionalism Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/16/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Right Side: Part 1

The Remnant ascends to a higher plane of nerdom today, as Matthew Continetti returns to discuss his new book, The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism. This episode presents the first half of a two-hour conversation between Jonah and Matt, which takes us on a freewheeling journey from the ‘20s to the ‘70s. They begin by exploring whether it’s possible to provide a simple definition of conservatism before digging deeply into the evolution of the movement. What did conservatism look like before the New Deal? How did William F. Buckley Jr. shape modern politics? Is fusionism still relevant? And how should we remember figures like Richard Nixon, Calvin Coolidge, and George Wallace? All of these questions and more are addressed within. But to learn about the Reagan era onward, and to hear some of Jonah’s quibbles with the book, you’ll have to tune in next week.  Show Notes: - Matthew’s page at AEI - The Right, available now - George Nash’s The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 - George Weaver’s Ideas Have Consequences - Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind - Matthew previews The Right in the Wall Street Journal - Frank Meyer’s reluctant and apologetic essay collection, What Is Conservatism? - Lionel Trilling’s The Liberal Imagination - The Remnant with Stephanie Slade - How William F. Buckley changed his mind on civil rights - Buckley’s The Unmaking of a Mayor - Barry Goldwater’s The Conscience of a Conservative Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/14/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 1 second
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“Get Me Kitchen!”

The Remnant gets wonky today as Klon Kitchen, AEI senior fellow and author of The Current newsletter for The Dispatch, returns to discuss Russia’s information war in Ukraine. With no end in sight for the conflict, Jonah and Klon explore what America’s intelligence support for Ukraine looks like and what other measures we could take to assist the country. They also touch on the veracity of Russia and China’s COVID statistics, what Putin’s war will mean for Taiwan, and how Klon would advise Joe Biden if he were summoned to the White House. Stick around until the end for obligatory dog discourse.   Show Notes: - Klon’s page at The Dispatch - Klon: “Why Russia’s Cyber Warriors Haven't Crippled Ukraine” - Daniel Hannan: “Vladimir Putin's kleptocracy will be his own undoing” - Mike Duncan on the Russian Revolution - The Remnant with Mike Duncan - Klon on semiconductors and the “splinternet” - The Remnant with Lyman Stone - Jonah: “Vladimir Putin, Brittle Oak” - The Remnant with Edward Carr - Klon: “School’s in Session” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/13/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 27 seconds
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My Kind of Town

Jonah’s still in Chicago for today’s Ruminant, and he isn’t terribly comfortable with the pre-summer weather. Still, severe cold in spring is less frustrating than our political dysfunction, and Jonah has plenty to discuss on that front. After exploring the distinction between disinformation and misinformation and the state of American media bias, he turns to the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, Florida’s controversial education bill, and why misusing the term “groomer” is both immoral and tactically foolish for Republicans. Ready your bingo cards for a predictably freewheeling ride. Show Notes: - The Remnant with Megan McCardle - Jonah on disinformation at the UChicago Institute of Politics - Soviet disinformation - The paradoxes of media bias - Jonah on the Kavanaugh allegations - Anne Applebaum’s UChicago panel - Anne Applebaum on Hunter Biden’s laptop - David French: “Against the ‘Groomer’ Smear” - The Remnant with Adam White - How Title IX became a political weapon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/9/202255 minutes, 6 seconds
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Mitch Daniels for God-King

Live from the Windy City, Jonah returns to the Remnant driver’s seat. He’s joined by Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle, who has plenty of thoughts on America’s strange plague of mobocratic thinking and workplace safetyism. The pair also explore Jonah’s distaste for public sector unions, Megan’s opposition to student loan forgiveness, and the circumstances in which populism can be put to good use. Plus, for all you bingo cardholders, there’s plenty of dingo discussion and kvetching about primaries mixed in. Show Notes: - Megan’s page at the Washington Post - Megan: “It’s time for major institutions to make their employees get off of Twitter” - Grace Metalious’ Peyton Place - Sleeping with the fishes - The New Yorker “flyover country” cover - Jonah and Elaine Kamarck talk primaries - Megan on student loans - The Remnant with David French and Jonathan Rauch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/8/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 56 seconds
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No Campus For Old Men

While Jonah traverses the Virginia woodlands, David French assumes control of the Remnant. His guest is Jonathan Rauch, who returns to provide a refreshingly calm perspective on our debates over gender and inclusion. After breaking down the history of the LGBTQ movement, Jonathan and David evaluate the Lia Thomas situation, Florida’s controversial education bill, and how conservatives should approach radical gender ideology. They also discuss a potential academic pushback against cancel culture, and the dangers of misusing the term “groomer” for political gain.   Show Notes: - Jonathan’s previous Remnant appearance - Jonathan’s latest book, The Constitution of Knowledge - The French Press - Jonathan: “Walking the Transgender Movement Away from the Extremists” - Jonathan: “What’s Happening on the Left Is No Excuse for What’s Happening on the Right” - David reviews Andrew Sullivan’s Out on a Limb - David and Nancy’s Kanakuk Kamps exposé - Does the anti-woke right pose a threat? - Scott Alexander on liberalism Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/6/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 26 seconds
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Drive-Time Ruminant 12: The Naked Truth

The drive-time Remnant format returns for another predictably eclectic broadcast. Today’s episode finds Jonah, Guy, and Ryan perplexed by Madison Cawthorn’s claims about D.C. debauchery, amused by conspiracy theories about Will Smith’s Oscar's slap, and fascinated by the lowest moments of otherwise great TV shows. They also touch on Jonah’s latent arachnophobia, Guy’s animated obsessions, and Ryan’s fondness for Lucky Charms. By the end of it all, the Remnant may have conclusively jumped the shark. Show Notes: - The Wednesday G-File - Hungary eyes - GLoP, slap edition - The Dispatch’s guide to Oscar nominees - The Remnant with Chris Stirewalt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/2/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Beltway Brothers

Chris Stirewalt, the Remnant’s official “break glass in case of emergency” guest, returns to explain why there actually is such a thing as a free lunch. Over a sumptuous breakfast of granola and omelettes, he and Jonah discuss Joe Biden’s dismal approval numbers and the state of the Democratic Party heading into the midterms. They also examine Madison Cawthorn’s wild claims about the GOP establishment, Ginni Thomas’ unfortunate texts, and the decline and fall of great TV shows. Stick around until the end to decide if “key bump” should be added to the Remnant bingo card. Show Notes: - Chris’ page at The Dispatch - Jonah: “When Gaffes Become Policy” - Could Trump blow the midterms for the GOP? - Ohio’s Senate brawl - The Wednesday G-File - The Remnant with John Podhoretz - The Remnant with Adam White Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/31/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 45 seconds
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Judging on Empty

Adam White, AEI senior fellow and Jonah’s trusted law-talkin’ guy, makes his long-awaited Remnant return. The pair take a deep dive into the Ketanji Brown Jackson hearings and assess what we can expect from her jurisprudence before turning to the state of legal conservatism. With originalism under attack, will common good constitutionalism soon consume legal academia? Is “insurrection” an appropriate term for January 6? And can Jonah suppress his disdain for Adam’s profession and all it represents?   Show Notes: - Adam’s page at AEI - Adam on the Ketanji Brown Jackson hearings - Ketanji Brown Jackson, closet originalist? - Adam: “Mueller Agnoistes” - AEI’s nerdtastic event on Justice Alito - The Remnant with Cass Sunstein - Jonah: “Appetite for Power” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/29/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 4 seconds
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Advanced Bovine Numismatics

On today’s Ruminant, Jonah, now recovered from Monday’s birthday revelry, has thoughts on everything from hamburger conspiracies to the history of great societies. After beginning with another deep dive into the evolution of media bias, he turns to the Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation hearings, which have turned out to be surprisingly boring despite a few moments of painful stupidity. Stick around to hear Jonah evaluate Nikole Hannah-Jones’ argument that tipping is a product of slavery, and to find out why truth is currently winning the day in American politics.   Show Notes: - The Remnant with Brian Riedl - Michael Barone’s Our Country - Wednesday’s “news”letter - The media bias paradox - The Cornell “guns on campus” crisis - The Remnant with Kevin Williamson - Mayor Quimby - Noah Rothman on “credible accusation” - The Economist on the siege of Mariupol - Why Nations Fail - Last Friday’s G-File Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/26/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 53 seconds
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A Fistful of Dust

Kevin Williamson, the Remnant’s cheeriest regular, is back for another voyage through the strange realm of contemporary America. A free society is messy, and life is all about contradictions, inconsistencies, and trade-offs. But this can be an uncomfortable truth for many to face. In a conversation that will send you scrambling for your bingo cards, Kevin and Jonah explore the problem with social homogeneity. They also touch on the weaknesses of autocratic regimes, realistic climate change solutions, and Kevin’s hatred of Ohio. Plus, tune in to hear Kevin give a rousing reading of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”  Show Notes: - Kevin’s page at National Review - Kevin: “Autocracy’s Fatal Flaws” - Kevin: “Make Putin Pay” - Hayek: “Why the Worst Get on Top” - Christopher Caldwell’s The Age of Entitlement - Yuval Levin’s The Great Debate - Kevin’s The Smallest Minority - The Remnant with Brian Rield - Jonah and Deirdre McCloskey at the Cato Institute - The Books of Jacob, by Olga Tokarczuk - The Remnant with Shadi Hamid - Jonah: “Rise of the Underminers” - Unintentional confession Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/24/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 8 seconds
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Wizards of Finance

Brian Riedl, the Remnant’s “unofficial budget guy,” returns to discuss our economic woes. After kvetching about inflation, the deficit, and supply chains, he and Jonah dig into the mistaken idea that the president can control every needle of the economy. Brian has noticed an interesting trend: Since Reagan, we’ve consistently elected Republican presidents during booms and Democratic presidents during recessions. But what are the implications of that for the economy? Furthermore, did the New Deal make the Great Depression worse? Is Build Back Better dead? And should anyone take Rick Scott seriously?   Show Notes: - Brian’s webpage - Brian: “Presidents as Economic Managers” - Jonah: “The Raw Deal” - The forgotten depression of 1920 - Scott Lincicome on fixing our supply chains - Velocity of Bahnsen - Rick Scott’s “Rescue America” plan - Last Friday’s G-File Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/22/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 43 seconds
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Rocket Mensch

After plotting world domination at AEI’s World Forum, Jonah is back in the D.C. swampland for today’s Ruminant. He begins by elaborating on the strange metaphysical ideas discussed in last week’s episode before turning to the war in Ukraine, and the baffling idea peddled by some on the right that Zelensky is trying to incite a global thermonuclear war. From there, things get nerdy, as Jonah explores whether populism may be falling out of style and indulges in a lengthy rant on Woodrow Wilson. Tune in for the cherished sound effects, but stick around to hear a few ideas for the Remnant’s 500th episode. Show Notes:  - Last weekend’s bizarre Ruminant - Metaxy - The Wednesday G-File - The Remnant with Shadi Hamid - Ross Douthat: “Will the Ukraine War End the Age of Populism?” - Michael Brendan Dougherty: “Wartime’s Macabre Predictions of a Populist Defeat” - The Remnant with Vin Cannato - The hater’s guide to Woodrow Wilson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/19/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 29 seconds
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Bad Apples

Vincent Cannato, noted historian and Jonah’s fellow deracinated New Yorker, returns to the Remnant for a nerdily random discussion of cops, neoliberalism, and latent Russophobia. With tensions rising between East and West, Vin believes we are in the midst of an “ideological Cold War,” but Jonah (whose pronunciation of “Pokémon” may distract from any serious points he raises) is less convinced. How will America’s conflict with Russia and China unfold, and what strategy should the United States pursue? For that matter, is New York heading back to the ‘70s? What’s fueling America’s crime wave? And will safetyism soon destroy Vin’s university from within?   Show Notes: - Vin’s webpage - “The Editors” podcast on Russophobia - Jonah: “A Tale of Two Cold Wars” - Elliott Abrams: “The New Cold War” - The Wild Man of 96th St. - Biden’s New York crime speech - Jonah: “The Problem With Claiming That Policing Evolved From Slave Patrols” - Amazon’s Seattle relocation - Jeff Jacoby: “Pushing Back Against Indoctrination at UMass Boston” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/17/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Godzilla Effect

Shadi Hamid returns to the Remnant to discuss America’s role in maintaining a safe global order. For years, many on the far left and isolationist right alike have argued that the United States should withdraw from the world stage and take a self-limiting approach to foreign policy. But Shadi believes Russia’s aggression has proved that Western power is essential. Will we soon see renewed support for Pax Americana? Should a no-fly zone be imposed over Ukraine? And how many bingo card items can Jonah insert into such an inappropriate conversation?   Show Notes: - Shadi’s page at The Atlantic - Wisdom of Crowds - Shadi: “There Are Many Things Worse Than American Power” - Jeane Kirkpatrick: “Dictatorships and Double Standards” - Jonah on the idea of a new Cold War - Lindsey Graham calls for Putin’s assassination - Is the Muslim world ignoring the plight of the Uyghurs? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/16/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 4 seconds
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Cries and Whispers

Jonah gets metaphysical on today’s mumbly Ruminant, recorded live in a chaotic hotel room not far from Stonecutter world headquarters. Unsurprisingly, his under-caffeinated mind is awash with thoughts on conservative intellectual history. Be prepared for an exceedingly nerdy disquisition on the philosophical differences between left and right and the importance of understanding that life is about trade offs. Plus, tune in to permanently change your perception of the theme from Jeopardy!   Show Notes: - The Right, Matt Continetti’s upcoming book - Jonah on the cult of unity - Jonah on the complexities of life and conservatism - Alan Wolfe’s The Future of Liberalism Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/202238 minutes, 44 seconds
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Very Stable Geniuses

John Podhoretz, the Remnant’s self-professed Paul Lynde, returns to the program to play a game of “Name that Crank.” Throughout history, many brilliant people have also been extremely bizarre. Murray Rothbard hated elevators, Arthur Conan Doyle believed in fairies, and Gandhi was obsessed with bowel movements. John and Jonah dedicate today’s episode to exploring the harmless and not-so-harmless quirks of such figures, before turning to rank punditry on American power, Biden’s floundering presidency, and the awfulness of the ‘70s. Tune in for shameless GLoP-plugging, but stick around to find out which Academy Award nominees are actually worth watching.   Show Notes: - GLoP, America’s favorite pop culture podcast - The Commentary Podcast: Live in Palm Beach - Pythagoreanism - Shakespeare conspiracy theories - Jonah: “Karl Marx’s Jew-Hating Conspiracy” - Pure reason - Thomas Edison’s spirit phone - Chris Stirewalt on misplaced ‘90s nostalgia - Only Yesterday, by Frederick Lewis Allen - The return of Dispatch Live Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/10/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 57 seconds
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Unfriendly Skies

Kori Schake, director of foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute, joins the Remnant for the first time to discuss the state of the liberal international order. As Putin’s invasion of Ukraine continues, what will the next year hold in store for the conflict and his leadership? For that matter, should Ukraine join NATO? What have been the Biden administration’s biggest foreign policy mistakes? And is America’s role in the world in doubt? Tune in to hear these questions answered, and to find out what most people get wrong about Francis Fukuyama.   Show Notes: - Kori’s page at AEI - Kori: “Putin Accidentally Revitalized the West’s Liberal Order” - Kori’s latest book, America vs the West - Biden’s oil import ban - Mike Duncan on the Russian Revolution - Gradually, then suddenly - Biden’s new Iran Deal Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/9/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 14 seconds