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The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg

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Overview

In “The Remnant," Jonah Goldberg enlists a “Cannonball Run”-style cast of stars, has-beens, and never-weres to address the most pressing issues of the day. Is America doomed? Has liberalism failed? And will mankind ever invent something better than ‘90s-era “Simpsons?” Mixing political history, pop culture, rank punditry, and shameless book-plugging, Goldberg and guests will have the kinds of conversations we wish they featured on TV. And the nudity will (almost) always be tasteful. Brace your bingo cards.

823 Episodes

Disunity

On this week’s installment of The Ruminant, Jonah talks about all the things he says he doesn’t want to talk about. Digs are thrown at tariffs, the administrative state, popular fronts, and executive orders. The definitions of unity and democracy are debated as Jonah bushwhacks the path towards productive political debate. To close it all out, Jonah revisits the Juneteenth discourse and addresses his Soviet kerfuffle with Niall Ferguson. Show Notes:—Kevin Williamson for The Dispatch: An Economic Policy that’s Just a Little Bit Radical —Scott Lincicome for The Dispatch: Trump's Latest Tariff Idea is Dangerously Foolish —David French for Advisory Opinions on the administrative state —Suicide of the West —Charles Murray: By the People —Jonah’s piece on Juneteenth: American Passover —Niall Ferguson for The Free Press: We’re All Soviets Now —Jonah’s Rebuttal —Subscribe to Dispatch Faith The Remnant is a production of The Dispatch, a digital media company covering politics, policy, and culture from a non-partisan, conservative perspective. To access all of The Dispatch’s offerings—including Jonah’s G-File newsletter, weekly livestreams, and other members-only content—click here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 22 June 2024

Grand Old Vibes

Remnant mainstay Matthew Continetti, director of domestic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Jonah for a trip to think-tanklandia. Rank punditry abounds: Joe Biden’s identity crisis is discussed, the vibes of the American electorate are analyzed, immigration policy is considered, and laughs are had all around. As a treat for all 16 listeners who care, Matt and Jonah revisit the recent Ruminant diatribe on neoconservatism and review the new hit reality TV show that is the United States Senate. Show Notes: -The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservativism -Matt’s AEI page -Matt’s new Commentary Magazine piece: Who Will Speak for America? -The Conservative Manifesto The Remnant is a production of The Dispatch, a digital media company covering politics, policy, and culture from a non-partisan, conservative perspective. To access all of The Dispatch’s offerings—including Jonah’s G-File newsletter, weekly livestreams, and other members-only content—click here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 20 June 2024

Labour Pains

Francis Dearnley, assistant comment editor at The Telegraph and host of the daily “Ukraine: The Latest” podcast, joins Jonah to dig into the wide, Whiggish world of British politics. Francis helps those of us in the former colony understand the who’s and what’s of British conservatism, the B-word (Brexit, that is), and the failures of U.K. immigration policy. Francis and Jonah continue this brilliant edition of The Remnant by discussing the anti-Israel demonstrations in the U.K., the future of war in Ukraine, and how Russia can be defeated. Show Notes: —Follow Francis on X —The New York Times: The Enduring Importance of the 1965 Immigration Act —Enoch Powell: Rivers of Blood —Douglas Murray: How Mass Immigration Makes Antisemitism Worse —George Orwell: Second Thoughts on James Burnham —The Rest is History Podcast The Remnant is a production of The Dispatch, a digital media company covering politics, policy, and culture from a non-partisan, conservative perspective. To access all of The Dispatch’s offerings—including Jonah’s G-File newsletter, weekly livestreams, and other members-only content—click here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 19 June 2024

Teleology Takedowns

First and foremost, Jonah clears up the controversy surrounding The Dispatch cake-gate and discusses the rats that live in his walls. Topics for this week’s Ruminant include Donald Trump’s return to the Capitol, the true intentions of free-speech absolutists, the insidious nature of the Hamas PR team, and the most recent episode of The Skiff with David French. Jonah condemns trolling and partisan point-scoring and continues to pontificate on Hunter Biden’s legal woes. Show Notes: —Targeting of Jewish Homes in New York —Matt Continetti for the Free Beacon: No Haven for Hamas —David French on The Skiff —The Dispatch Podcast on Justice Alito The Remnant is a production of The Dispatch, a digital media company covering politics, policy, and culture from a non-partisan, conservative perspective. To access all of The Dispatch’s offerings—including Jonah’s G-File newsletter, weekly livestreams, and other members-only content—click here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 15 June 2024

Kicking Sasse & Taking Names

Ben Sasse, former U.S. senator and current president of the University of Florida, stops by for a fantastic conversation covering college admission reforms, the most sought after job in higher education, problems facing collegiate history departments (and how to solve them), and the roots of the recent campus protests. In order to avoid Sasse’s desire to discuss the College World Series, Jonah asks the big question: Where have all the good politicians gone? Show Notes: -The Hamilton Center at the University of Florida -Washington’s Farewell Address The Remnant is a production of The Dispatch, a digital media company covering politics, policy, and culture from a non-partisan, conservative perspective. To access all of The Dispatch’s offerings—including Jonah’s G-File newsletter, weekly livestreams, and other members-only content—click here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 13 June 2024

A Constitutional Revival

The one and only Yuval Levin, director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Jonah to discuss his new book, American Covenant: How the Constitution Unified Our Nation—And Could Again. Jonah peppers Yuval with a variety of questions: Is the Constitution a cultural document or a document that creates the culture? Why are the principles of the Constitution so hard to export? How do we interpret the Civil War-era amendments? Buckle in for a deep dive on unity, the Electoral College, and a healthy dose of Woodrow Wilson slander. Show Notes: —American Covenant: How the Constitution Unified Our Nation-And Could Again —Yuval’s AEI Page —Federalist 10 —The American Revolution as a Successful Revolution The Remnant is a production of The Dispatch, a digital media company covering politics, policy, and culture from a non-partisan, conservative perspective. To access all of The Dispatch’s offerings—including Jonah’s G-File newsletter, weekly livestreams, and other members-only content—click here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 12 June 2024

The New Neocons

Jonah has been dog-less and alone in his house for too long. Consequently, today’s Ruminant delves with unrepentant granularity into the history of neoconservatism. From its founders to its detractors, Jonah gives the full sweep, and all to grapple with a single question: Is the current crop of left-skeptic liberals—including Nellie Bowles, Yascha Mounk, John McWhorter, et al.—really just a new batch of neocons? Show Notes: —The Cult of the Presidency by Gene Healy —Michael Crowley’s profile of Joe Biden (2001) —“Civil Liberties” by Irving Kristol —“The American Revolution as a Successful Revolution” by Irving Kristol —The Remnant with Nellie Bowles —The Remnant with Yascha Monunk —The Remnant with John McWhorter —The Remnant with Jonathan Haidt —The Remnant with Richard Reeves Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 8 June 2024

31 Flavors of Felonies

Dispatch senior editor Mike Warren capitulates to Jonah’s pleas for a spontaneous conversation to unpack the various legal woes plaguing the news cycle this week. Plea deals fall apart, guns are found in dumpsters, and hush money is paid. As usual, there are political implications and lots of both sides-isms. Stayed tuned for the down low on Mar-a-Lago, some Supreme Court speculation, and Jonah and Mike’s takes as to why the media leans to the left. Show Notes: —The Joe Biden interview In question —Project 2025 —The Prince of Darkness by Robert D. Novak The Remnant is a production of The Dispatch, a digital media company covering politics, policy, and culture from a non-partisan, conservative perspective. To access all of The Dispatch’s offerings—including Jonah’s G-File newsletter, weekly livestreams, and other members-only content—click here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 6 June 2024

A Woke Hangover

The wonderful Nellie Bowles joins Jonah to discuss her new book, Morning After the Revolution: Dispatches from the Wrong Side of History. Score some Remnant bingo points for a conversation on topics including (but certainly not limited to) the “Abolish the Police” movement, the hypocrisy of progressivism, the importance of skeptics, and memory-holing. Show Notes: —Morning After the Revolution: Dispatches from the Wrong Side of History —Nellie on Honestly with Bari Weiss —The Intellectual Dark Web —The Dan Rather Incident —The New York Times on the COVID-19 Lab Leak Theory The Remnant is a production of The Dispatch, a digital media company covering politics, policy, and culture from a non-partisan, conservative perspective. To access all of The Dispatch’s offerings—including Jonah’s G-File newsletter, weekly livestreams, and other members-only content—click here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 5 June 2024

Bad Karma-Lago

On this week’s Ruminant, Jonah drinks coffee and remembers things. Topics include his thoughts on the newest installment of the Mad Max franchise, Donald Trump’s karmic retribution, and a Muslim exotic dancer named Lulu. He also touches on the state (or lack thereof) of the alt-right, and responds to the critiques of Wednesday’s G-File. Show Notes —Chris Hemsworth’s Prosthetic Nose —Trump’s Guilty Verdict (and the subsequent reactions) —Auditions for Trump’s VP Ticket —“Radical Chic” Politics —Wednesday's G-File —The Rise and Fall of the Alt-Right —Why Islam needs a Pope —Bigotry and Crackpots on the Right —Bigotry and Crackpots on the Right Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 1 June 2024

Black Panther Breakfast Club

Atlantic writer Caitlin Flanagan joins Jonah for an episode that bounces from topic to topic, from the “trans thing” to the COVID-10 lockdowns and the failure of the modern-day lefties. Take out your daubers for a number of bingo card call-outs and stay tuned for a sentence Jonah’s never uttered before. Show Notes: —Alice Walker's issue with the Jews —Tom Wolfe's "The Great Relearning" essay —UCLA medical school's racial quotas —Jesse Singal's Remnant appearance Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 30 May 2024

You Had Me at Middle Aged

Jonah hijacks the GLoP Culture podcast, kicks John Podhoretz out of the driver’s seat, and floors it into The Remnant feed with Rob Long sitting shotgun. They discuss Rob’s Come to Jesus moment, Jonah’s crass words to Jon Karl (are there any dues?), and of course, a little bit of pop culture. Stick around to hear hot takes on improv, The Fall Guy, and Frosted. And John, we know you’re listening. Show Notes: —Rob Long's X profile —GLoP on Apple Podcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 29 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 25 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 23 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 22 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 18 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 16 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 15 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 11 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 9 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 8 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 4 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 2 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 1 May 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 27 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 25 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 24 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 20 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 18 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 17 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 13 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 11 April 2024

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 his piece 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

Transcribed - Published: 10 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 6 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 4 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 3 April 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 30 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 28 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 27 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 23 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 21 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 20 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 16 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 14 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 13 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 9 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 7 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 6 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 2 March 2024

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

Transcribed - Published: 29 February 2024

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