Jun 8, 2021 • 1HR 24M

Jonathan Rauch, the Kindest Inquisitor

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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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In a world increasingly subjected to discussions of Jewish space lasers, fake birth certificates, and luciferian pedophile cabals, the truth could use a spirited defense. Jonathan Rauch, whose work Jonah has cited on countless occasions, finally appears on The Remnant today to offer exactly that. The two discuss Jonathan’s new book, The Constitution of Knowledge, which explores how all Americans can defend free inquiry and objective reality. Are trolling and propaganda as American as apple pie? Do Marxists run a monopoly on disinformation? And should loyal listeners abandon all hope of Jonah ever publishing that “Liberal Fascism Reconsidered” essay? 

Show Notes:

- Jonathan’s page at Brookings, where they’re always eating candy

- The Constitution of Knowledge, Jonathan’s new book

- Kindly Inquisitors, Jonathan’s second book and a Jonah favorite

- “You didn’t build that.”

- Jonathan in defense of free speech

- That other time Trump ran for president

- Michael Flynn’s call for a Myanmar-style coup

- Trump thinks he’ll be “reinstated” as president in August

- David French debates Christopher Rufo on critical race theory in public schools

- Jonathan on Trump’s firehose of falsehood (not a euphemism)

- “The Constitution of Knowledge” - Jonathan’s 2018 essay

- Facebook’s new oversight board

- Twitter vs. Dave Weigel

- Jonah, Saul Alinsky, and the contemporary right

- Alice Lloyd’s lengthy profile of Dinesh D’Souza

- Woodrow Wilson’s propaganda machine