Sep 10, 2021 • 1HR 32M

Eat the Elite

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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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Slate’s Will Saletan returns to The Remnant to discuss the anniversary of 9/11, the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, and oligarchs who can’t resist the sweet taste of candy. With America’s vaccine rollout gaining steam once again, Jonah and Will explore how calamity-ending miracle drugs became the subject of partisan debate, and whether any side truly got the pandemic right. They also touch on the deliciousness of GMOs and how political life may only get crazier in the coming decade. Tune in for violent agreement, but stick around for vigorous debate. 

Show Notes:

- The Wednesday G-File

- Will’s author page at Slate

- Will: “Why the Party of 9/11 Couldn’t Handle COVID-19”

- The 2001 anthrax attacks

- Jonah: “The Treason of Epidemiologists”

- The pandemic freakout and the psychology of disgust

- Will on paranoia around GMOs

- The Dispatch Podcast reflects on 9/11

- What would the experts do?

- The Remnant with Peter Suderman

- So much for the new Taliban

- The Remnant with Graeme Wood

- Elite overproduction

- The iron law of oligarchy

- Pareto distribution