Return of the G-File

  
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In the words of Gene Wilder, “There’s no earthly way of knowing … in which direction we are going.” That’s the mood on the latest Remnant, which sees Jonah flying solo in a second - and more streamlined - attempt at an audio G-File. Some of this is an expansion on the topics in this week's G-File, but most of it consists of unique, free-flowing observations from Jonah’s mind. Huzzah for keeping sanity during quarantine! Let us know what you think of this format on the @JonahRemnant Twitter, through Jonah at @JonahDispatch, or by email at theremnantpod@gmail.com - we want to know!

Senator Shoshana, Twitter Primadonna

  
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Shoshana Weissmann is a Renaissance woman, and only at age 27: she’s the head of digital media at R Street Institute, a policy fellow specializing in occupational licensing, and an institution unto herself on social media. She brings a blessed breath of brevity to this episode of The Remnant, on which there is no coronavirus talk! She and Jonah touch on some hilarious job licensing restrictions (fortune tellers?), talk a little memes, a little charismatic megafauna, a little Judaism, and even a little online dating. It’s a reminder of how life was before “The Event,” so it’s really a can’t-miss.


Show Notes:

-Shoshana at R Street

-Professor Randy Barnett, Shoshana’s inspiration

-The wild world of florist licenses in Louisiana

-George Will on Jacob Maged, the immigrant dry cleaner punished by the National Recovery Administration

-The city of Annapolis’ occupational license for fortune-telling

-Shoshana stans Arizona Governor Doug Ducey

-Oklahoma’s trying to regulate your Qi

-The legendary Snapchat hotdog

-Giant prehistoric sloths

-The uniquely interesting history of Ethiopian Jews

-Date-onomics

-Michael Novak: “A neoconservative is a progressive with three teenage children.”

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Jonah and Kevin's Excellent Adventure

  
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Kevin Williamson is a man of mystery: he’s an “Eisenhower libertarian,” he’s been accused of being a D.C. insider (he lives in Texas), and (most famously) he’s a former staff writer for The Atlantic even though they only gave him one byline before firing him. Life in Kevin’s Fortress of Solitude has stayed mostly the same - even in the midst of a pandemic. Lucky for us, that means he had time to talk to Jonah about his unique political perspective, the role of government in a crisis, and how his “libertoid” opinions help him solve those mysteries of his.


Show Notes:

-Kevin’s latest book, The Smallest Minority

-Kevin’s upcoming essay collection, Big White Ghetto

-The (massively underrated) Tyranny of Cliches

-Suicide of the West (now out in paperback!)

-Adhocracy, a favorite term of Jonah and Kevin’s

-Kevin’s The End is Near

-Kevin’s claim to being an “Eisenhower libertarian”

-Douglass North’s impenetrably brilliant Violence and Social Orders

-Obama’s second inaugural: “preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.”

-The unfortunately-named philosophical paradox, “Buridan’s Ass”

-Cleta Mitchell, releasing works for consumption by the populist masses

-Kevin’s The Case Against Trump

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Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey

  
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In order to give you all a break from the talk about the end of the world, this episode has Jonah speaking with psychologist Dr. Michele Gelfand about one of his pet-obsessions: “tight” and “loose” theories of culture. Why do places like Japan and Singapore seem to be in lockstep while the U.S. is so freewheeling? How should we tighten up, culturally, as a response to COVID? And why are Mexican teachers unions so weird? We ask the hard questions here on The Remnant, so don’t miss it.


Show Notes:

-Michele’s book, Rule Makers, Rule Breakers

-The complexity of fractals, for those who actually understand math

-Michele’s Tight-Loose Quiz

-Mexican teaching jobs are given to… teachers’ kids?

-The gum-free land of Singapore

-D.E. Brown’s list of universal traits across all human cultures

-Jonathan Haidt’s article, which then spawned a book, which then spawned a Remnant episode

-Robert Wright, The Moral Animal

-John Tooby’s “coalition instinct”

-Jonah’s Wednesday “news”letter

-Michele’s piece on COVID in the Boston Globe

-Michele’s “Honor Dictionary”

-The fascinating concept of “pluralistic ignorance”

-GetBlueVine.com/dingo

Coronavirus vs. 2020

  
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Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt joins The Remnant to discuss coronavirus and its impact on the 2020 election. Where does Bernie Sanders go from here? Should Joe Biden run a front porch campaign? How do Obama/Trump voters vote this time?


Show Notes:

-Chris Stirewalt

-Stirewalt's politics newsletter

-Stirewalt and Dana Perino's podcast

-The Morning Dispatch

-The Dispatch

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-DonorsTrust.com/dingo

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