Cruel Summer

  
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Today’s Ruminant finds Jonah deprived of air conditioning in the middle of brutal D.C. heat, baffled by inexplicable decisions made by figures across the political spectrum. With the Taliban advancing in Afghanistan, progressives arguing that ACTUALLY, kids don’t need to master math and reading, and President Biden considering vaccine mandates for interstate travel, there’s plenty to be annoyed about. Tune in also to hear Jonah’s thoughts on liberal nostalgia, socioeconomic divisions, and the propensity of the politically-obsessed to freak out about minor things. Oh, and bring a squeegee.

Show Notes:

- The Morning Dispatch breaks down the Afghanistan situation

- An emergency Dispatch Podcast on Afghanistan

- The Ethics and Public Policy Center’s Honor Among Nations

- International community, eh?

- Trump’s enduring delusions

- Frederick M. Hess on Oregon’s “soft bigotry of low expectations”

- David Brooks reflects on Bobos in Paradise

- The Wednesday G-File

- Sombart on socialism

- Jonah on royalty, real and imagined

- The Remnant with Jonathan Adler

- Biden contemplates vaccine mandates for interstate travel

- Amy Coney Barrett upholds Indiana University’s vaccine mandate