Apr 14, 2021 • 1HR 26M

First-Degree Wonkery

Jonah Goldberg
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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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Only those in the wonky 1 percent should subject themselves to today’s nerdtastic Remnant, in which Jonah is joined for a third time by the Manhattan Institute’s Andy Smarick. The pair use Andy’s recent Dispatch piece on the folly of never-ending school closures to launch a wide-ranging discussion of the pandemic culture war and divisions among conservatives. Should you be friends with politicians? Why are some Americans desperate for normalcy to never return? And is it wise for so many right-wing whippersnappers to reject the so-called “dead consensus”? Unsurprisingly, Jonah thinks Hayek has the answer to at least one of those questions.

Show Notes:

-Andy Smarick - the Manhattan Institute

-Jim Geraghty on opening with the 10th step of a 10-step argument

-Last week’s Remnant with Dan Crenshaw

-Jonah: “Giuliani's Sorry Path from Law-and-Order Mayor to Villainous Clown”

-Giuliani: “My attitude to my legacy is …”

-Andy: “What the Narrative on School Reopenings Has Missed”

-Randi Weingarten calls American Jews “part of the ownership class”

-The View of the World from 9th Avenue

-Joy Reid is too scared to enjoy life after she’s vaccinated

-Steven Petrow: “I’m Vaccinated, but I’m Not Really Ready to Leave My Pandemic Cocoon”

-Hadley Arkes and peers argue for a “better” originalism

-Catholics v. libertarians in the 1960s

-Marco Rubio: “Amazon Should Face Unionization Drive Without Republican Support”

-Mitt Romney’s child allowance proposal

-Jonah is flattered by R.R. Reno’s gushing review of Suicide of the West

-YouGov’s recent survey of 2020 Trump voters

-Hayek’s “The Use of Knowledge in Society”

-David French on nutpicking