Jun 3 • 1HR 8M

Can We Keep It?

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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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Tony Mills, a senior fellow at AEI whose work focuses on science policy and political theory, joins the Remnant for an ultra-nerdy exploration of the American political tradition. He and Jonah examine whether liberalism alone can sustain the United States and why our experts have fallen into such low repute. Is free market capitalism corrosive? Why is civic republicanism important? And what are the advantages and disadvantages of bureaucracy?

Show Notes:

- Tony’s page at AEI

- The Remnant with Yuval Levin

- Tony: “Liberalism is Not Enough”

- Tony: “Illiberalism’s True Colors”

- Russell Kirk and Lionel Trilling

- The Remnant with Daniel Hannan

- Daniel Burns: “Liberal Practice vs. Liberal Theory”

- Schumpeter’s Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy

- Daniel Bell’s The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism

- James Burnham’s The Managerial Revolution

- Orwell: “Second Thoughts on James Burnham”

- Jonah on beastly bureaucracy

- Tony: “Unmasking Scientific Expertise”