Mar 24 • 1HR 21M

A Fistful of Dust

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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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Kevin Williamson, the Remnant’s cheeriest regular, is back for another voyage through the strange realm of contemporary America. A free society is messy, and life is all about contradictions, inconsistencies, and trade-offs. But this can be an uncomfortable truth for many to face. In a conversation that will send you scrambling for your bingo cards, Kevin and Jonah explore the problem with social homogeneity. They also touch on the weaknesses of autocratic regimes, realistic climate change solutions, and Kevin’s hatred of Ohio. Plus, tune in to hear Kevin give a rousing reading of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” 

Show Notes:

- Kevin’s page at National Review

- Kevin: “Autocracy’s Fatal Flaws”

- Kevin: “Make Putin Pay”

- Hayek: “Why the Worst Get on Top”

- Christopher Caldwell’s The Age of Entitlement

- Yuval Levin’s The Great Debate

- Kevin’s The Smallest Minority

- The Remnant with Brian Riedl

- Jonah and Deirdre McCloskey at the Cato Institute

- The Books of Jacob, by Olga Tokarczuk

- The Remnant with Shadi Hamid

- Jonah: “Rise of the Underminers”

- Unintentional confession