Sep 10 • 1HR 11M

Down to the Roots

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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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On today’s Ruminant, Jonah provides a distinctly Goldbergian fusion of punditry and nerdery. After evaluating Joe Biden’s use of the phrase “MAGA Republicans” and offering a few further thoughts on the Philadelphia speech, he discusses Steve Bannon’s arrest, the ongoing fallout from the Mar-a-Lago raid, and Gov. Greg Abbott’s migrant busing policy. It all ends on a philosophical note, as Jonah reflects on the distinction between conservatism and radicalism.

Show Notes:

- Last weekend’s Remnant

- Last Friday’s G-File

- Texas’ migrant bussing

- Muriel Bowser declares a public emergency

- Steve Bannon’s arrest

- Andy McCarthy on Bannon’s indictment

- The Dispatch Podcast on the Mar-a-Lago investigation

- Greta Van Awful

- The pandemic erased two years of progress in math and reading

- The Remnant with Matt Continetti

- Leo Ribuffo’s The Old Christian Right

- Ukraine lures Russian missiles with fake HIMARs

- Attend The Dispatch’s What’s Next summit in Naples