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The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg
80 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Meet the History Ninjas
Chris Stirewalt is back on The Remnant to discuss how we can make politics boring again. As Chris observes, we’ve entered a “wilderness of grifts,” where opportunistic nationalism and Lincoln Project-style chicanery are all the rage. Meanwhile, a new group is trying to turn Joe Biden into FDR, factions on the right are embracing the progressive vision of government, and rage clicks are poisoning the political well. What can we learn from Lincoln in this bizarre moment? How do Americans really feel about abortion? And will Chris finally make a pious man out of Jonah? Show Notes: -The Morning Dispatch breaks down the infrastructure negotiations -The Jane Mayer piece that made Jonah’s morning -Jonah explores Trump’s grip on the GOP -Ave, true to Trump -Trump’s endorsement goes awry in Texas -The Remnant with Dan McLaughlin -Biden’s team of rivals -The Great Debate, by Yuval Levin -Jonah’s decadent dysfunction -Jonah on the implications of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health -The real great debate -A musical mystery -Chris’ Instagram, where the magic happens -Kevin Williamson on the big white ghetto See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
52 minutes | Jul 31, 2021
Return of the Mask
Today’s ranty Ruminant finds Jonah alternately perplexed and irritated by the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, illiberalism in politics, and folks who think Twitter is real life. He begins by digging into the CDC’s revised guidance on masks and the possible implications of America’s stalling vaccine campaign. From there, things get nerdy, as Jonah explores the state of conservative institutions and weirdness of internet culture. Any cartoonists listening should stick around until the end for some striking inspiration. Show Notes: - Christian Schneider on anti-racism - Jonah on the new mask mandates - Wednesday’s “news”letter - Last year’s kooky Washington Times piece on masks - Crisis and Leviathan, by Robert Higgs - The Dispatch Podcast on the CDC and January 6 - The Remnant with Tim Carney - Marty Makary on the push to vaccinate children - Laura K. Field’s essay on the Claremont Institute - The Remnant with Dan McLaughlin - Scarlett Johansson sues Disney See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
57 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
A Taste of Freedom
American Enterprise Institute scholar and fan-favorite Remnant guest Tim Carney joins Jonah for a wide-ranging discussion of obscure political philosophy, the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, and why babies are good. In these strange, often distressing times, it can be easy to take a pessimistic view of the conservative movement and America more broadly. Tim, however, believes we should be hopeful on both of these fronts. What does it mean to be an old individualist? Will new mask mandates presage a return to lockdowns? And does it really take a village to raise a child? Show Notes: - Tim’s page at the Washington Examiner - Khaya Himmelman’s profile of Mike Lindell - The Remnant with Dan McLaughlin - “Crisis actors” - Laura Ingraham’s oscars - “Pelosi Republicans” - Patriotic cuisine - The CDC revises its mask guidance - The Wednesday G-File - Washington Examiner: “Vaccinate India” - Making the U.S. more family-friendly - David Brooks: “The Nuclear Family was a Mistake” See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
86 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Grumpy Old Sportsmen
Unlike Ozzie Smith on his visit to Springfield, Jonah didn’t fall off the face of the Earth during his northeastern excursion last week. Today, he’s back in control of The Remnant, and invites National Review’s Dan McLaughlin onto the show for a discussion of what the future holds for the Republican Party. Together, they explore the creation of the January 6 select committee, how the role of a political commentator differs from that of a political operative, and whether fusionism will survive the challenges currently facing the right. It’s an episode dedicated to the common good. Show Notes: -Dan’s page at National Review -Dan’s call for Trump’s impeachment -The Morning Dispatch breaks down the January 6 committee -Trump profits from false election fraud claims -Ali Alexander and the Capitol riot -Liz Cheney and Kevin McCarthy’s ongoing feud -NR’s “Against Trump” issue -Dan’s views on fusionism and Republican history -Jonah’s views on fusionism -Dan responds to Adrian Vermeule See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
46 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Chris Stirewalt is back in the driver’s seat on today’s Remnant in place of Jonah. This time, his guest is Robert Pondiscio, a newly minted fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and expert on education policy. Together, they explore how various deficiencies in American schooling can be overcome. Can patriotic civics and history be taught without indoctrinating pupils? How significant of a threat is critical race theory? And will discussing their own high school experiences force Chris and Robert to confront painful repressed memories? Show Notes: - Robert’s page at AEI - The National Assessment of Educational Progress - Robert: “How U.S. Schools Became Obsessed with Race” - The influence of Horace Mann - Robert on what the critical race theory debate overlooks See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
58 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Jonah’s vocal double Chris Stirewalt seizes control of The Remnant today in Dostoyevskian fashion. His guest? CNN’s Harry Enten, who shares Chris’ obsession with polling data. The two explore why polling in 2020 was so inaccurate, the quirks of online polling, and why Republicans who answer polls tend not to represent Republicans at large. They also dig into demographic divisions over vaccine uptake and how vaccine skeptics can be swayed. Tune in for incisive political analysis, but stick around for a considered discussion of which diet cola is America’s finest. Show Notes: - Harry’s author page at CNN - Jeff Bezos casually visits outer space - 2020’s major polling blunders - Inaccurate polling in 1980 and 2012 - How the polls did in 2018 - Max Boot complains about vaccination rates in Republican states - Demographic trends in the vaccine rollout - The vaccine rollout’s partisan divide See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
74 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Liberal Fights and History
Get your bingo cards ready, because Yuval Levin is back on The Remnant today to counteract Alex Tabarrok’s libertarian influence. Which side is the aggressor in the culture war? How will history remember the Trump era? And why is the left substituting relativism for absolutism? Tune in for answers to these vital questions (which include plenty of ostentatious references to Leo Strauss), but stick around to hear Yuval deliver a heartening affirmation of American exceptionalism. The United States is facing challenges, and we have much to fix, but we have even more to be proud of. As any immigrant would tell you, there really is no greater country than America today. Show Notes: - The week’s first Remnant with Alex Tabarrok - Kevin Drum: “If You Hate the Culture Wars, Blame Liberals” - Tim Miller: “Who’s Actually Responsible for the ‘Culture War?’” - Jonah’s G-File responding to both Drum and Miller - Yuval’s third book, The Great Debate - CPAC attendees applaud Biden’s missed vaccine goal - Jonah’s Twitter debate with Nikole Hannah-Jones - The New York Times’ tragic January 6 video - Leo Strauss on liberal education - Gen. Mark Milley feared a Trump “Reichstag moment” - Fame and the Founding Fathers, by Douglass Adair See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
92 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Alex Tabarrok, perhaps the world’s sole Canadian libertarian, joins The Remnant today for the first time. Inflation is on the rise, the vaccine rollout is stalling, and illiberalism is resurgent. In other words, there are plenty of demanding issues for Americans to be concerned about. Thankfully, Tabarrok has a range of considered policy solutions for Jonah to explore. How can we revitalize democracy? Would open borders work? And should we abandon advanced civilization now before the machines destroy us all? Show Notes: -Alex’s website -“Inflation, no chance …” -Jonah on the wackiness of vaccine paranoia -Newsmax outcrazies itself -The Mayor Quimby of anti-vaxxers -Jonah on the importance of character -Ezra Klein on the good old days -Alex’s case for open borders -“Born American, but in the Wrong Place” -The Baumol effect -Home Economics, by Nick Shulz -The elite master’s degrees that don’t pay off See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
55 minutes | Jul 10, 2021
No Hands Clapping
On today’s Ruminant, Jonah discusses everything from obscure existentialist philosophy to the realism of zombie TV. Rank punditry is first on the docket, as Jonah examines Biden’s poor handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal and Republican efforts to whitewash the events of January 6. Afterward, Jonah defends his recent comments about Tucker Carlson and explores the world’s progress on vaccinations. Is Western civilization buckling under the weight of liberal guilt? Should America be the world’s policeman? And will Ramesh Ponnuru ever persuade Jonah to change his mind about the death penalty? Show Notes: - Biden brings the Afghanistan withdrawal date forward - The New York Times’ devastating January 6 video - The latest Dispatch Podcast - Jonah’s debate with Joshua Tait - Jonah’s final word on critical race theory - The week’s second Remnant with Will Saletan - “I’m not getting anything…” - Jonah’s Tucker tweet, which caused no controversy - Trouble in Tokyo - Republican craziness over Biden’s push to “knock on doors” See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
86 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
The Reality Rebellion
Slate’s Will Saletan joins The Remnant once again to discuss Trump’s lunatic lawsuit against big tech, Biden’s first six months, and the endless debate over critical race theory in education. Plus, in a shocking turn of events, Will challenges Jonah on his oft-repeated line that America has two minority parties, instead arguing that both Democrats and Republicans are engaging in a war on reality fueled by the strangeness of the internet. Be ready with your bingo cards, because Jonah’s references to defunding the police, the term “Latinx,” and the annoyingness of teachers’ unions arrive at an unprecedented rate. Show Notes: - Will’s page at Slate - Will on Trump’s crusade against democracy - Trump’s insane press conference - Jonah: “Yes, progressives. You really do need Joe Manchin” - Yesterday’s “news”letter - Tourism in 2021 - “The American Mythology of Racial Progress” - Trigger warnings are triggering - Facebook’s astonishing list of genders See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
75 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Law and Disorder
Only Remnant listeners fluent in legalese should subject themselves to today’s discussion of Supreme Court jurisprudence, in which fan-favorite classical liberal Ilya Shapiro returns to claim his coveted gold jacket. Jonah and Ilya explore what the court’s conservative majority will mean for future cases and whether the conservative legal movement should adapt its philosophy in the wake of Bostock v. Clayton County. They also touch on some of the most controversial issues raised by recent Supreme Court decisions, including Arizona’s voting laws and free speech in public schools. David and Sarah, eat your heart out! Show Notes: - Ilya’s latest book, Supreme Disorder - The mysterious shadow docket - Fulton v. City of Philadelphia - “After Bostock, We’re All Textualists Now” - Walter Olson in The Dispatch on HIPAA - The Supreme Court upholds Arizona voting restrictions - Ilya: “The Voter Suppression Lie” - Advisory Opinions on the Supreme Court’s cheerleader case - Ilya’s campaign for the Falls Church Schoolboard, shamelessly plugged - Ilya explains why he’s running See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
74 minutes | Jul 3, 2021
The Noblest Savage
Today’s ranty Ruminant features killer whales, hunter-gatherers, and a special appearance by Jonah’s importunate dingo. It also includes as much kvetching about partisan craziness and misunderstood aspects of intellectual history as you’d expect. Jonah begins by discussing the latest Trump tax scandal, the root cause of Tucker Carlson’s apparent insanity, and the GOP brouhaha over the January 6 commission. He then reflects on Donald Rumsfeld’s time in the White House. The show concludes with a mini-commercial for Suicide of the West, gratuitous shots at Rousseau and Marx, and reflections on the Fourth of July. It’s a veritable Goldbergian greatest hits. Show Notes: - Andy McCarthy on Manhattan’s Ahab - Scott Gottleib’s new book, Uncontrolled Spread - Encouraging job news - Kevin McCarthy’s response to the January 6 commission - Paul Gosar and Nick Fuentes, BFFs - Thursday’s Twitter-bashing Remnant with Mo Elleithee - Somebody’s (still) watching me… - Tucker blames the FBI for the Capitol riot - Donald Rumsfeld and (gasp!) Leo Strauss - Ezra Klein’s recent podcast on how good we used to have it See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
The Hangover: An Epilogue with Chris Stirewalt
The Hangover has now concluded, and Chris Stirewalt thought it appropriate to provide an epilogue to the series. If the last four years have taught us anything, Chris observes, it’s that “people are terrible at predicting the future.” After the GOP’s victory in 2016, nobody could have guessed that the party would be swept out of power four years later, or that our lives would be upended by a pandemic. Going forward, there’s no way of knowing whether the GOP will overcome its current craziness or completely self-destruct, but the rot within the party reveals as much about America itself as it does Republican politicians. Making our republic healthier and stronger is a job for all of us, and we can accomplish it by engaging with our institutions and communities. This series has been a pleasure to put together, and we at The Dispatch send our thanks not only to all of Chris’ guests, but to all of you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
74 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Fan-favorite political strategist Mo Elleithee returns to The Remnant today for a discussion of Joe Biden’s first six months in office, America’s deepening polarization, and how we should understand the results of the 2020 election. With debates over issues like critical race theory and police reform continuing to intensify, has the Democratic Party really shifted as far to the left as conservatives believe? For that matter, what can Mo’s latest Battleground Poll tell us about the challenges America faces, and why is the political side of Twitter so inexpressibly hideous? It’s a dream come true for lovers of statistics and infrastructure. Show Notes: - Mo’s work at the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service - Mo’s recent appearance on TheDispatch Podcast - Nate Cohn on the statistics behind the 2020 election - Chris Wallace accuses Republicans of defunding the police - The Bill Clinton/Lani Guinier episode - Abigail Spanberger blasts progressive sloganeering - Sean Trende on Conversations with Bill Kristol - The June 2021 Battleground Poll See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
47 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
The Hangover Chapter 7: Chris Stirewalt and David Glade
The Hangover concludes on a unique note, as David Glade, rector of Virginia’s Christ the King Anglican Church, joins Chris Stirewalt to discuss what the future holds for religion in a divided America. Politics, the pair note, can be an especially alluring idol. Today, even shopping at Home Depot is seen as a political act, and the forces of populism and wokery have supplanted real faiths in the lives of many Americans. Committed Christians, meanwhile, increasingly focus on relatively trivial political issues rather than deeper ethical matters. With politics, David observes, “a little more disinterestedness may not be a bad thing” when true religion can offer so much more to human beings. He and Chris also reflect on the evolution of American Christianity and how the relationship between evangelicals and the GOP changed in the age of Trump. Show Notes: -David’s work at Christ the King -The Falls Church split -The Great Awakening and the American Revolution -Mircea Eliade on what draws humans to the sacred -Timothy Keller: “Can Evangelicalism Survive Donald Trump and Roy Moore?” See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
75 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
New York Groove
Start spreading the news: Esteemed historian Vincent Cannato is back on The Remnant to discuss all things New York City. After digging into the ongoing mayoral election, Curtis Sliwa’s rescue cats, and Rudy Giuliani’s descent into madness, Jonah and Vin explore what the Big Apple’s partisan divisions reveal about America’s broader political shenanigans. From there, they consider how the paranoid style in American politics can explain the right’s embrace of post-liberal Catholic integralism. At the end of it all, one question remains: Who will be the third man in Jonah and Vin’s upcoming production of On the Town? Show Notes: -The New York Post backs Eric Adams -Brad Lander’s comptroller campaign -Curtis Sliwa’s colorful discussion with Eric Shawn -Vincent: “Same Old, Same Old, Same Old” -Did Fred Trump attend a KKK rally? -“I’m no FDR, but …” -Jonah on the latest infrastructure fracas -Bingo -OAN’s remarkable craziness -Mamma mia! -Somebody’s watching me... See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
55 minutes | Jun 26, 2021
Sleep-deprived following his return from Oklahoma and haunted by visions of Nick, Jonah begins today’s Ruminant with the mother of all rants. Why, when there are so many urgent issues for Americans to be concerned with, is the New York Times more interested in denying objective reality and attacking the concept of motherhood? For that matter, why is the fight over critical race theory only getting crazier, and why is Sheldon Whitehouse seemingly sowing the seeds for a new Tyler Perry script? Tune in to hear these bizarre questions answered, and to learn of Jonah’s vehicular writing habits. Show Notes: -The Wednesday “news”letter -The New York Times piece that ruined Jonah’s morning -Facebook’s list of many genders -Insane people who think “covfefe” was Arabic code -Birthing people in Biden’s budget -Trigger warnings are now triggering -Jonah on the war over CRT -Gen. Mark Milley defends teaching CRT at West Point -Tucker Carlson’s charming response to Milley’s comments -Madea Goes to Rhode Island -Today’s TMD on Biden’s infrastructure deal -Pence rebukes Trump -Afghanistan in jeopardy -Ban the word “cockpit.” Yes, really See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Austere Religious Scholarship
On today’s Remnant, recorded in the wilds of Oklahoma, Jonah once again attempts to fuse the weekend Ruminant format with that of a supplemental episode. He begins by elaborating on his pro-life views and what abortion law would look like if he were made czar for a day. Afterward, a nerdtastic dive into the morass of intellectual history begins, as Jonah uses an extract from The Tyranny of Clichés (which is still available from all good book sellers, hint-hint) to explore what separation of church and state really means in American life. Tune in not just to hear Jonah’s patented progressive-bashing, but to either commend or correct his pronunciation of a certain troublesome name. Show Notes: -The Wednesday “news”letter -Biden’s Catholic quandary -Moynihan on partial-birth abortion -Locke’s “A Letter Concerning Toleration” -Don’t burn the witch -JFK (or possibly Mayor Quimby) and Catholicism -Mario Cuomo’s Notre Dame speech -Jonah’s deep affection for Richard Ely -Barack Obama, arbiter of sin -Seinfeld on spite See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
91 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
The Hangover Chapter 6: Chris Stirewalt and John Podhoretz
Conservative journalism has changed markedly since John Podhoretz began his career at the Washington Times in the early 1980s. When Matt Drudge broke the Monica Lewinsky story in 1998, it was clear that things would never be the same. On today’s episode of The Hangover, John joins Chris Stirewalt to explore how the changing media ecosystem contributed to Donald Trump’s election in 2016. The pair reflect on the creation of The Weekly Standard, electoral politics in the Clinton and Obama years, and how Trump’s victory affected the conservative movement. Even though Trump is no longer president, will his presence in conservative media continue to be felt for the foreseeable future? Show Notes: -John’s page at Commentary -John on the history of The Weekly Standard -Bill Clinton’s 1996 State of the Union address -Matt Drudge breaks the Lewinsky scandal -Josh Marshall: “The Digital News Industry Was Built on Lies” -Glenn Beck and Roger Ailes -Obama’s birth certificate coffee mugs -National Review’s “Against Trump” issue -Chris Christie’s takedown of Marco Rubio -16 magazine See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
73 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
When Shadows Fall
Scott Winship, director of poverty studies at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Jonah to discuss the history of poverty in the United States. The pair begin by digging into a new report from Scott and four of his peers that explores issues of black vs. white inequality, before they turn to examining potential solutions to these disparities. Is the success sequence outdated? Should America be based on bourgeois morality? And will Jonah ever forgive Scott for collaborating with scholars at the hated Brookings Institution? Show Notes: -“Long Shadows,” Scott’s report on the black-white gap in multigenerational poverty -Scott joins the candy eaters on the Brookings Cafeteria Podcast -The Moynihan Report -LBJ (Jonah’s second favorite president) on affirmative action -Baby bonds -The success sequence -Nigerians have the highest level of education in the U.S. -Black Identities, by Mary Waters -Scott: “Is it Really too Expensive to Raise a Family?” -Scott’s case against child allowances See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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