Sep 28, 2021 • 1HR 17M

Fight the Power

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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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The revolution won’t be televised, but it will be broadcast to the world on today’s long-awaited Remnant, in which Jonah is joined by Revolutions podcast host and fellow history obsessive Mike Duncan. Over an exceptionally nerdy hour, they explore how Mike prepares for his podcast, whether America’s ghastly political situation really does resemble the decline of the Roman Republic, and why even Hamilton can’t convince the French to love the Marquis de Lafayette. They also dig as deeply into revolutionary history as you’d expect, comparing the French and American revolutions and discussing how studying the Haitian revolution transformed Mike’s outlook. Stay tuned for the references to Burke, Marx, and Yuval Levin sprinkled throughout.

Show Notes:

-Revolutions

-Mike’s new book on Lafayette, Hero of Two Worlds

-Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments

-Samuel Rawson Gardner’s history of the English Civil War

-Christopher Hill on the English Revolution

-The great man theory of history

-The March of Folly, by Barbara Tuchman

-A Time to Build, for all of you bingo card holders

-Reflections on the Revolution in France

-Irving Kristol: “The American Revolution as a Successful Revolution”

-Mike breaks down the Haitian Revolution

-Pauline Maier on the Declaration of Independence

-The Storm Before the Storm

-Jonah: “This Was Always the Plan”

-Government by rabble-rousing