Apr 30 • 1HR 6M

Breaking the Veil

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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On the mend from his sudden bout of illness, Jonah approaches today’s Ruminant with his standard level of nerdy panache. After offering a few thoughts on how The Tyranny of Clichés holds up today, he commences a lengthy rant on why canceling student debt would be a serious moral and political blunder, before turning to Francis Fukuyama’s work on liberalism. What does the relationship between virtue and responsibility look like? When is grad school worthwhile? And is John Rawls one of history’s greatest monsters?

Show Notes:

- The Remnant with David French 

- The Remnant with Francis Fukuyama

- Wednesday’s totally uncontroversial G-File

- Game of Loans, by Beth Akers and Matthew M. Chingos

- Puppet Master

- Shoshana Weissman on occupational licensing

- WSJ: “The Elite Master’s Degrees That Don’t Pay Off”

- Jonah reviews Nine Days

- The Moynihan Report

- Charles A. Reich’s The Greening of America

- Jonah’s notes on nationalism