Apr 9, 2020 • 1HR 24M

Cake or Death?

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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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Steven Teles, a professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, joins us on the heels of his newly released book, Never Trump. Stop sharpening your pitchforks, everyone! It’s an objective treatment of the Never Trump movement that doesn’t come down one way or the other on it. It also leads into some classic Remnant wonkery, with tangents into the problems with party strength, mediating institutions, and political history, and how these things relate to the tensions within modern conservatism.


Show Notes:

-Steve and Rob Saldin’s book, “Never Trump”

-Milan Svolik: “Polarization versus Democracy”

-The DNC commission that created changes in 1972

-Eddie Izzard: “Cake or Death?”

-Gorillas in the Mist Conservatism

-Buckley’s function as conservative purgemaster

-George Nash’s book on conservative intellectual history

-Knightian uncertainty

-Invasion of the Body Snatchers

-Aldrich’s “Why Parties?”

-Remnant 186, with Shoshana Weissmann

-Bound by Oath, a podcast by the Institute for Justice

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