May 29, 2021 • 1HR 14M

Broken Window Blues

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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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Only those who own ties imprinted with portraits of Burke and Hayek should tune in for today’s Ruminant, which sees Jonah’s philosophical rumination reach dangerous instability. After assessing the increasingly credible COVID-19 lab-leak theory (and remembering the time Trump suggested using “the heat and the light” to cure the virus), Jonah examines what the debate over woke corporations reveals about the state of the conservative movement. He then dives headfirst into the morass of intellectual history, to explore how conservatives really feel about democracy. It’s an episode Albert Jay Nock couldn’t resist.

Show Notes: 

-   Young Guns, the greatest book ever written

Jonah: “How the Media Botched the Lab-Leak Story”

Vindication for Mr. Geraghty

Memories of disinfectant

-   Matt Gaetz delivers a fresh dose of crazy

Phil Klein: “Woke Capitalism and its Threat to Fusionism”

-   Dullest headline contest

Jonah: “Pro-Business or Pro-Market”

If Jonah ran the zoo

-   John T. Flynn hated FDR before it was cool

Hillary defines progressivism

Rubio goes full unionization

David Marcus irritates Jonah

-   Joshua Tate: “Anit-Democratic Conservatism Isn’t New”

-   Liz Cheney backs voter ID

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