Jan 19 • 1HR 25M

Bright Lights, Bad City

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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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As a young man, Jonah left his heart in San Francisco. But after today’s conversation with Remnant first-timer Michael Shellenberger, he probably won’t be going back for it any time soon. Michael joins the show for an exceedingly wonky discussion of his new book, San Fransicko, which explores how progressive policies are enabling an addiction and mental health crisis in America’s cities. Together, they explore the causes of urban decay and what conservatives can do to reverse the trend in places like New York and San Francisco. Tune in for ruminations on nuclear power, Nietzschean philosophy, and criminology, but stick around to hear Jonah and Michael compare notes on what it’s really like to be mugged by reality.

Show Notes:

- Michael’s Substack on cities, energy, and the environment

- Michael’s new book, San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities

- Michael’s previous book, Apocalypse Never

- Tom Wolfe’s “The Great Relearning”

- San Fransicko reviewed in the New York Times

- Madness in the Streets, by Rael Isaac and Virginia Armat

- The Homeless, by Christopher Jencks

- The Remnant with Shawn Bushway

- Michael: “Why Wokeism is a Religion”

- Woke Racism, by John McWhorter

- John Dewey’s “universe with the lid off”

- Paul Tillich’s definition of religion

- Jonah on the case for nuclear power