Oct 2, 2021 • 1HR 17M

Going Native

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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If there’s one group Jonah has less patience for than post-liberal Catholic integralists, it’s progressives who want to replace Madisonian democracy with a parliamentary system. On today’s ranty Ruminant, he explores why America’s system of government is exceptional, why the Electoral College should stand, and why the Germans don’t always do it better. There’s also a disquisition on historicism and relativism, obligatory kvetching about Democrats spending money they don’t have, and an aside about conservative intellectuals turning their backs on light. Tune in for nerdy references to Leo Strauss, but stick around to see if Jonah can actually make it to the end without mentioning Woodrow Wilson.

Show Notes:

- Wednesday’s “news”letter

- Ben Sasse’s rant at the Kavanaugh hearing

- George W. Plunkitt, no relation to Harry S. Plinkett

- Jonah defends the Electoral College

- The Morning Dispatch breaks down Germany’s election

- Biden can’t read the room

- The Remnant with Mike Duncan

- The Remnant with Scott Lincicome

- Leo Strauss’ critique of historicism

- “Hello lamppost, whatcha knowin’?”

- Hillbilly lunacy

- Robert Kagan: “Our Constitutional Crisis is Already Here”

- The latest Dispatch Podcast 

- Actually, it’s the common good