Style, Substance, and The Stage

  
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Jonah’s longtime friend Tevi Troy makes his second appearance on the program, this time to discuss not only the history of presidential debates, but also to share some info on how the sausage gets made from his time doing debate prep for George W. Bush. Beyond simply recounting some of the best zingers in the history of these debates (“The youth and inexperience of my opponent…” “You’re no Jack Kennedy.”), they discuss the degree to which these moments are actually staged, and how the pretzel-like overcomplicated logic of certain debate preppers actually contribute to their candidate looking pretty silly on national TV. Keeping this history in mind, Tevi also talks about what he’ll be looking for in the upcoming debates (both campaigns should be taking notes, honestly), and happily discovers that he has reached “Vin Cannato Equilibrium” in the canon of the REU (Remnant Extended Universe).

Show Notes:

-30-day free trial at The Dispatch

-Tevi’s latest book, Fight House

-George H. W. Bush looks at his watch

-“Conservatism as a Second Language”

-Intra-American migration due to COVID

-Quayle/Gore debate highlight

-Bush headchecks Gore

-Biden decides to be, uh, pugilistic towards Paul Ryan

Leeroy Jenkins at Fort Sumter

  
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Fellow Dispatcher David French returns to the program on the publishing date of his new book, Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation. If you’ve looked around at American politics over the last few years, and you’ve started to view the coastal states and the middle of the country as a bickering couple – wondering, “Why don’t they just break up already? – David’s book is for you. Jonah asks David to outline some of the scenarios by which a fracturing of the republic could happen, and works through the ways that America’s spirit could be successfully restored – all while avoiding an Articles of Confederation-style mess in which the country’s regions become too individually weak to do anything. Join for this enlightening discussion, and stick around until the end for characteristic rankness on Tenet, Amazon’s The Boys, and the mighty Dune.

Show Notes:

-David’s book, Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation

-Don’t forget to take advantage of our 30 day free trial of The Dispatch

-Jonah’s piece on Supreme Court deal-making

-David’s piece on the same topic

-Cass Sunstein: “The Law of Group Polarization”

-Is Barack Obama the Messiah?

Deadheads, Fishfreaks, and Federalism

  
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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

  
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“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

  
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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

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