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A Pundit’s Progress

Jonah Goldberg
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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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Ross Douthat takes his place in the Remnant five-timers club today, joining Jonah for a discussion of (what else?) the dysfunctional state of American politics. Unlike last time, however, the nudity is tasteful, the Exorcist references are sparse, and the tone is (slightly) more optimistic. Is the United States on the cusp of a new civil war, and what would that look like in practice? For that matter, why is Biden a less effective president than Bill Clinton? Can a case be made for mandatory voting? And is there anything worthwhile about Don’t Look Up?

Show Notes:

- Ross’ previous Remnant appearance

- Ross: “Let’s Not Invent a Civil War”

- Ross on the Remnant discussing The Decadent Society

- Jonah’s latest G-File on Biden’s Georgia speech

- David Brooks: “How the Bobos Broke America”

- Jason Stanley, How Fascism Works

- The Remnant with Yuval Levin

- Jonah’s distaste for Don’t Look Up

- Ross on why the movie needs a second cut

- Eric Levitz dissects Don’t Look Up

- The latest Dispatch Podcast