Aug 14, 2021 • 1HR 9M

Cruel Summer

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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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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