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In “The Remnant," Jonah Goldberg, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, syndicated columnist, best-selling author, and AEI/NRI Fellow enlists a “Cannonball Run”-style cast of stars, has-beens, and never-weres to address the most pressing issues of the day and of all-time. Is Western Civilization doomed? Is nationalism the wave of the future? Is the Pope Catholic? Will they ever find a new place to put cheese on a pizza? Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Who is hotter: Ginger or Mary-Ann? Was Plato really endorsing the Republic as the ideal state? Mixing history, pop culture, rank-punditry, political philosophy, and, at times, shameless book-plugging, Goldberg and guests will have the kinds of conversations we wish they had on cable-TV shout shows. And the nudity will (almost) always be tasteful.
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Just as there are different Enlightenments, there are different nationalisms, too. In both cases, it’s important to see what points they all converge on. On this edition of the Ruminant, Jonah walks through the ways in which we’ve seen this all before – even in spite of how strange this moment feels. Confucius says: “Enjoy your weekend!” Show Notes: -30-day free trial at The Dispatch -The latest G-File -Rectification of the Names -David’s soon-to-be-out book, Divided We Fall -HumanProgress.org -Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You Will Find Interesting -Brazil’s direct democracy -Fichte’s Address to the German Nation
Fighting for Lost Causes

Fighting for Lost Causes

2020-09-1701:11:43

“We need to agree that the Senate doesn’t work,” Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse tells Jonah on today’s episode of The Remnant. “The Founders had this great idea that you separate power vertically and horizontally if you believe in universal human dignity, and the Senate is kind of the most unique single institution that the Founders created in the Constitution.” Sasse’s appearance comes on the heels of his Wall Street Journal op-ed, in which he calls for modified Senate term limits, repealing the 17th Amendment, and cutting the C-SPAN cameras to improve debate on the Senate floor. “The cameras change the dynamic in the room because people don’t ask real questions if they’re instead trolling for a sound bite that they can hope goes viral,” Sasse explains. What’s worse, senators use the C-SPAN camera rules to trick their constituents into thinking they’re debating their colleagues when they’re not. “They regularly do this, hand gesturing to the senator right next to them that they’re supposedly rebutting, but the rules in the Senate require the C-SPAN cameras to be cropped right around their head and shoulders, so you don’t know as a viewer that there’s no one there in the Senate.” After railing against the senatorial political posturing that’s poisoning our parliamentary system, Sasse and Jonah discuss the filibuster, clickbait journalism, and the dangers of perceiving politics as religion. Learn alongside Jonah, and stick around to the end to hear Sasse school his colleagues in real time. Show Notes: -30-day trial at The Dispatch, Sasse’s article: “Make the Senate Great Again,” In celebration of Brian Lamb, what Sasse means by “agglomeration economy,” and Sasse’s opening remarks at the Kavanaugh hearing. -LiquidIV.com, use promo code “DINGO” at checkout for 25% off and ExpressVPN.com/Remnant for three months off a year-long subscription.
Good Times, Bad Times

Good Times, Bad Times

2020-09-1501:41:42

Let the waves of optimism wash over you as return-guests Ron Bailey (Reason) and Marian Tupy (Cato Institute) join forces as Jonah’s tour guides through the last several centuries of human progress. Listen to the first half to hear why there is actual good news about the human condition – even during a pandemic – and stick around in the second half for a satisfying helping of philosophical eggheadery on education, personal liberty, and the logic of nonviolent protest. Show Notes: -Try a 30-day trial membership for The Dispatch -Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You Will Find Interesting -Marian’s project, HumanProgress.org -Ron’s page at Reason -Jason Hickel refutes the World Bank’s measurement of extreme poverty -Julian Simon’s bet with Paul Ehrlich -Malthus, the original Thanos -Famines rarely happen in democratic countries with a free press -China’s Social Credit System -University of Edinburgh set to remove David Hume’s name from building -Jonah: Irradiating the Past -DonorsTrust.org/Dingo to get a free copy of “6 Reasons to Use a Donor-Advised Fund” -ExpressVPN.com/Remnant for an extra 3 months free with 12-month plan
What happens when you make a pundit talk about Antifa, the Dune trailer, the Republic of Venice, and 60s Iron Man cartoons all in one go? Tune in to the weekend Ruminant to find out! Show Notes: -Start a 30-day free trial of The Dispatch -Jonah’s Wednesday G-File, un-paywalled due to popular demand -This week’s second Remnant, with Andy Ferguson -Basically what Jonah means by “A Shoshana point.” -The little-known Dune miniseries -The bizarre theme song to the 60s Iron Man cartoon -Neo-barbarism abounds -Federalist no. 39, the one that talks about Venice -Denis Dutton’s bad writing contest -Keeps.com/Dingo to get your first month of treatment for free
Andrew Ferguson’s follow-up appearance on The Remnant has been a long time coming, and you can tell; he and Jonah are filled with plenty of wisdom on the state of modern journalism, what the conservative media landscape used to be like, and how to not go completely hollow while keeping up with the news cycle. Show Notes: -30-day free trial of The Dispatch  -Andy’s page at The Atlantic -Bob Dole: “I’m not bound by the platform. I probably agree with most everything in it, but I haven’t read it.” -Jonah: The center is a lonely place to be -“The New Journalism” -George Stephanopoulos’ All Too Human -Donald Rumsfeld releases transcript of Woodward interview -“Springtime for Introverts”: Andy’s piece that was true… for a while -ExpressVPN.com/Remnant for an extra 3 months on a year-long plan -Gabi.com/Remnant to stop overpaying on your insurance now
Refuting Socialism

Refuting Socialism

2020-09-0801:23:51

Fresh off the heels of his new manifesto (not of the communist variety, though), Iain Murray, CEI senior fellow, joins Jonah on The Remnant to discuss The Socialist Temptation: what it is, who it hits hardest, why socialism isn’t really even an economic theory, and what to do about it. Show Notes: -Iain’s new book, The Socialist Temptation -BBC’s generously donated show sets, to spruce up your Zoom background -Iain refuting Thomas Piketty -Josh Muravchik’s “Theories of the New Class” -“Socialism is the name of our desire” -Corporatism and Comparative Politics: The Other Great “Ism” -Ten Thousand Commandments 2020 -North’s Violence and Social Orders -#NationalizeMySpace -Reagan’s speech at Hillsdale in the 70s -Jonah at the Oxford Union -“Socialism is so hot right now” -DonorsTrust.org/Dingo for access to “6 Reasons to Use a Donor-Advised Fund”
Who actually believes the media anymore? Can you really call yourself a liberal if you’re also a socialist? And what dog species does Zoë hate with a burning passion? It’s the weekend, and you know what that means: These questions and many more will be answered on this edition of Jonah’s Ruminant. Show Notes: -“Fiery, but mostly peaceful” -The New Guinea Singing Dog -Iain Murray’s The Socialist Temptation -What… is Debbie Wasserman Schultz doing with her life nowadays? -The always-lovely NYT Op-ed page: “Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police.” -The Conspiracy of Equals -DrinkHydrant.com/Dingo for 25% off your first order -Ancestry.com/Remnant to discover your family’s story
Surfin’ UAE

Surfin’ UAE

2020-09-0301:09:18

In the words of a famed conservative activist, “When they go low, we go high.” That’s what we’re doing today on The Remnant by getting out of the muck of American domestic politics and having a conversation with veteran guest Kenneth Pollack on the intricacies of the Israel-UAE deal instead. What does this mean for the region, and what are the historical corollaries (Hint: It might be on your Remnant Bingo card)? Show Notes: -Ken’s piece for Foreign Policy -Iran’s weapon facilities keep exploding -The 1907 Anglo-Russian Convention -Make Vienna Great Again -1979’s mosque seizure in Mecca -LiquidIV.com promo code DINGO for 25% off
Coalitionally Speaking

Coalitionally Speaking

2020-08-2937:18

A solo Jonah returns, surrounded by cold beverages, to finish up his thoughts from last time about the final day of the RNC. He then moves on to the tactics of political grandstanding, the autocephalous (uh, Google it) nature of the activist left, and the importance of identifying the correct microclimate of the Loch Ness Monster. Show Notes: -Yuval’s latest Remnant appearance  -Tom Cotton, sending mixed messages about America First  -Harassing diners in Adams Morgan  -“Vegetable rights and peace!”  -Is the Loch Ness Monster a swamp-dweller? 
It’s Kinda Feudal

It’s Kinda Feudal

2020-08-2758:451

While it may be the middle of the week, there’s no law against Jonah recording Ruminant-style (i.e. alone) – at least not yet. He discusses the RNC – and invents the fun tongue-twister, “Ceaușescu-esque,” while doing so – the “Biden is a vessel for radicals” theory, and the economically confused obsession with Jeff Bezos. Show Notes: -Kimberly Guilfoyle’s speech is pretty meme-y  -Jonah’s spat with Erielle Davidson  -Remnant veteran Jim Pethokoukis talking about why Jeff Bezos is unironically great  -China’s post-Soviet “Princelings”  -Milton Friedman explains why you shouldn’t get to take inherited money away from children  -Jonah on Marx’s antisemitism  -Why Nations Fail  -Bradleyfdn.org/Liberty for weekly new episodes  -DrinkHydrant.org/Dingo for 25% off your first order 
Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle

2020-08-2156:33

Jonah makes a triumphant return to the Remnant on this episode, where he finally has a stable enough connection to record after a saga of perambulations around America’s western half. Jonah and Nick - his fearful amanuensis - discuss Alaska, the awkwardness of America’s largest political party holding a Zoom convention, and the potential for two actual crazy people to become elected officials within the GOP. Show Notes: -Jonah’s glacial ice chunk  -“The Green Room,” within Hell’s Canyon  -Row Adventures, for the brave vacationers among the audience  -CarShield.com, use promo code Dingo to save 10%  -Bradleyfdn.org/Liberty to watch Conceived in Liberty with Mitch Daniels  -ExpressVPN.com/Remnant for an extra 3 months 
The Evening Jolt

The Evening Jolt

2020-08-1901:22:14

Remnant Hall-of-Famer Jim Geraghty joins the show with the continually-put-upon David French, who is heroically guest-hosting as Jonah continues to galavant around in the land of [REDACTED]. On COVID, Jim gets to reminisce a little about the early weeks of reporting on the pandemic while also updating us. The guys then move on to the election, the “convention” (if you can call it that), and Best Spanish Language Heist Show of 2020 - a category with shockingly little competition. Show Notes: -Jim’s Morning Jolt  -California vs. New York in the pandemic times  -Alan Grayson is a strange man  -Why are so many people dying of COVID in Belgium?  -The treason of epidemiologists  -The Postmaster General’s statement  -Does Trump want to lose?  -Money Heist  -ExpressVPN.com/Remnant for 3 months free off a year plan  -Keeps.com/Dingo to receive your first month of treatment for free 
Twirling Towards Freedom

Twirling Towards Freedom

2020-08-1401:05:29

Have no fear, dear listener: while Jonah is still radio silent as he swan-dives in slow-mo off of waterfalls (or something), The Remnant hasn’t forgotten you. David French returns to guest host this episode with return favorite Ramesh Ponnuru from National Review and AEI. There’s the requisite Kamala Harris talk, but also deeper questions about ideology and the “Burn It Down” debates. Show Notes: -Ramesh’s page at NR  -Henry Olsen: Kamala changes nothing  -Kevin Williamson summarizes the “Burn It Down” debates  -The inside baseball of Trump’s teleprompter troubles  -Ramesh on why the Republicans need to keep working-class voters  -“Always twirling towards freedom” 
Talking Left, Walking Right

Talking Left, Walking Right

2020-08-1101:04:13

Throwing recent rank punditry onto the back burner, Jonah speaks with his AEI colleague and UVA Professor Brad Wilcox, whose memory for statistics crashed over us in a refreshing wave of sheer competency. Tune in for a discussion of marriage, the concept of “family diversity,” and the three things Brad would do if he suddenly became Czar of America. Show Notes: -Brad’s page at AEI  -Nicholas Christakis’ most recent book  -Kevin E. Stuart on his baseball studies  -Most NBA players grew up in a two-parent household  -Brad Wilcox on elites not preaching what they practice  -Ross Douthat on, among other things, liberalism’s method of undercutting the married-parent household  -Some of Brad’s work on marriage vs. cohabitation  -The Disparate Effects of Family Structure 
Jonah stops to ruminate on the pathway between two menacingly-named locales—Snake River and Death Canyon (no Cliffs of Insanity, though). The topics today: why the mainstreaming of “white” identity is a genuinely awful idea, why being pro-Israel might cause you to get punched at synagogue, how progressives have adopted some of the worst parts of the European right, and much more. Show Notes: -How to punch a shark  -Virginia Dare, and the disappearance of the Roanoke colonists  -The Omni-Americans by Albert Murray  -Joseph de Maistre’s feelings on “man”  -Jerry Falwell Jr.’s, uh, “Fall”  -President Reagan, Mastermind  -Jonah’s heresiarchal opinion on chicken thighs  -Buckley’s line, “Cancel your own [G-D-] subscription” 
Today, we present the second part of Jonah’s conversation with Washington Post opinion columnist Megan McArdle. The punditry was just too rank, so their conversation became a two-episode-long saga. In addition to some COVID punditry, some women’s issues, and some libertoid-speak, they also reminisce on their shared old stomping ground, New York City, and how it has changed. Show Notes: -Susan Hennessey calling out people who say Kamala Harris is too ambitious  -Megan on Stephanie Cutter for the Daily Beast  -Truly terrifying GDP numbers  -Vin Cannato’s book, which Megan loves  -Gabi.com/Remnant to see how much you can save on your insurance  -Bradleyfdn.org/Liberty to watch Conceived in Liberty weekly 
Jane Galt and Me Part I

Jane Galt and Me Part I

2020-08-0401:05:121

In a world where people run amok on the internet screaming their heads off, Megan McArdle stands (or in this case, sits by a microphone) as a model for the cool and collected. After a pre-game round of dog talk, Megan and Jonah settle in for some candid words on bread, being nice, and feminism — commentary so well-informed, we’re posting Megan twice in one week. Show Notes: -The Big Tech Four vs. Congress  -Maxine Waters asks a particularly garbled question to Bank of America  -“The Great Relearning,” by Tom Wolfe  -Megan’s book, not actually titled Permission to Suck.  -Charlie Kirk’s mask terribleness, as featured in Jonah’s Wednesday G-File  -Louie Gohmert blames the mask for his COVID-19  -Megan on why racism kills  -ZipRecruiter.com/Dingo to try it now for free  -DrinkHydrant.com/Dingo for 25% off your first order 
Jonah’s had a long week, so grab an Irish whiskey (so long as it’s not Bushmills) and join him for some ruminating punditry on the tactical errors being made by conservative advocacy groups, “Cancel Rent” insanity, “Plandemic” insanity, and additional flavors of insanity. Also, Jameson, if you’re reading this, call us. Show Notes: -The glories of Jameson Caskmates  -The most recent G-File  -The (underrated) Tyranny of Cliches  -Plandemic movie picking up speed  -Our episode on conspiracy theories, with Joe Uscinski  -Obama floats a falsehood about Rutherford B. Hayes 
A.B. Stoddard is a refreshing presence on today’s podcast as she and Jonah delve into starkly rank punditry and a discussion of the eerie intentionality behind Trump’s coronavirus response. In fact, A.B.’s wise words—on Fauci, on Trump’s fantasies, on panicked Texans—leave only a singular major question remaining: will Jonah end up rocking a man bun? Show Notes: -Steve’s piece on the canceling of Liz Cheney  -Jonah’s recent appearance on the Chuck Toddcast  -The Washington Post’s reporting of the Trump clan retweeting misleading doctor videos, that have since been deleted  -Trump’s weirdly made-up invitation to throw the first pitch for the Yankees?  -Jonah on NPR at the crack of dawn on July 28  -A.B.’s Bulwark piece on how the Republican Party can’t be reformed from within 
Banana, Banana, Banana

Banana, Banana, Banana

2020-07-2801:06:53

A clean-shaven Michael Strain joins the perennially bearded Jonah to talk about the topic that always brings encouraging news: the economy. Lowering the national debt and the closing of movie theaters are two bullets in this chin-stroking chamber, complemented by banter about barbecue sauce and how to retrieve small children from the sewers. Show Notes: -Michael Strain’s new book, The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It) -Jonathan Chait’s book on Obama’s legacy (got awkward when Trump won)  -The Montreal Cognitive Assessment -2001 anthrax attacks  -Ayanna Pressley’s wise words to cancel everything  -G-File in which Jonah talks about how the House Freedom Caucus is a bunch of hacks  -DonorsTrust.com/Dingo for your free resource, “6 Reasons to Use a Donor Advised Fund” 
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Comments (58)

Friar Power

I'm curious if the guest is aware that we've spent the last 3 years hearing the left say Trump is an illegitimate president, that a foreign power handed him victory, and that the presidency was stolen from Clinton? Am I in bonkers town?

Aug 2nd
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Kevin Muldowney

I love this podcast. 😀

Aug 1st
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stinky rex

the ranting filibustering is starting to sound obsessive. and the music is terrible!

May 10th
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stinky rex

the new music is absolutely terrible. i thought it was because i listen at 1.5x speed so i switched back to 1.0 and it's even worse. the new artwork is nice though.

May 2nd
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Haywood Rhodes

New intro music sucks. Part of the essence of being the in Remnant is the very nature of being a part of the outcast opposition which the previous slightly foreboding music captured much more than this drum and cymbal crap.

Apr 28th
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G Galleher

fascinating!

Apr 17th
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Just an Opinion...

Big mistake. The last thing we need is an hour and a half of Jonah Goldberg expressing his "inner thoughts"...his outer thoughts are obnoxious enough.

Mar 29th
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little red book

dropy is swelling usually associated with kidney or congestive heart failure.

Mar 18th
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Peter Halpin

Sorry, Jonah, but this was too dismissive of the concerns of the populist/nationalist right. Anecdotes about the ease of a single earner household? Your guest knows some guys in D.C. who manage it? Not particularly convincing.

Mar 4th
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G Galleher

Fun podcast. FYI Balto - diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska.

Jan 30th
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little red book

interesting talk and the best thing was being smart does not make you a good person convo at the end. the conflation of intelligence w/morality is an upsetting trend in society.

Jan 30th
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little red book

I'll miss you Jack Butler!

Jan 28th
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Tommy Gunn

barely audible. plz fix your tech!

Jan 19th
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Just an Opinion...

The only reason that Goldberg has any status at all is because his mommy got him the job. Everyone knows it. The only person that doesn't know it is him. He's a pompous ass and totally undeserving of his status.

Jan 15th
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Tony Two Times

both of these fools trying to act as if they actually still matter, still matter!

Jan 13th
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William MWestcott

The dispatch podcast is not up on castbox

Jan 9th
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Just an Opinion...

These young people are overly serious about things. They're young, they should be enjoying life instead of worrying about things that they can have no control over.

Dec 26th
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William Beshlian

David I see you have the same problem I have. My dogs won't be quite when I broadcast from home.

Dec 12th
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stinky rex

what is David speaking thru? a tin bucket?

Dec 12th
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Just an Opinion...

I don't like Jonah Goldberg. At all!

Sep 20th
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