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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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Haunted by a certain infectious Swedish pop song, Jonah begins today’s Ruminant by expanding substantially on a recent point from the G-File: Americans are addicted to despair even though life has never been better. In a moment where anger merchants dominate the media and environmental pessimism is spreading rapidly, how can the optimistic spirit on which our country was founded be restored? And what responsibilities do prominent figures in journalism and politics have in this regard? Also, stick around until the end to hear Jonah elaborate on his departure from Fox and his new contributor agreement with CNN.

Show Notes:

- The Wednesday G-File

- The latest Dispatch Podcast

- Climate change enters the therapy room

- The Remnant with Lyman Stone

- Manhattan bird alert

- The Progress Paradox, by Gregg Easterbrook

- Jonah: “It Takes Two Sides to Fight a War”

- Turning Japanese

- Yuval Levin: “The Changing Face of Social Breakdown”

- The Remnant with Shawn Bushway

- Stacey Abrams’ mask hypocrisy

- Hugh Hewitt interview Chris Christie

- Guy Benson debates Mike Gallagher

- Edmund Burke's speech to the Electors of Bristol

- The Remnant with Hal Brands