Jul 15, 2021 • 1HR 14M

Liberal Fights and History

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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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Get your bingo cards ready, because Yuval Levin is back on The Remnant today to counteract Alex Tabarrok’s libertarian influence. Which side is the aggressor in the culture war? How will history remember the Trump era? And why is the left substituting relativism for absolutism? Tune in for answers to these vital questions (which include plenty of ostentatious references to Leo Strauss), but stick around to hear Yuval deliver a heartening affirmation of American exceptionalism. The United States is facing challenges, and we have much to fix, but we have even more to be proud of. As any immigrant would tell you, there really is no greater country than America today.

Show Notes:

- The week’s first Remnant with Alex Tabarrok

- Kevin Drum: “If You Hate the Culture Wars, Blame Liberals”

- Tim Miller: “Who’s Actually Responsible for the ‘Culture War?’”

- Jonah’s G-File responding to both Drum and Miller

- Yuval’s third book, The Great Debate

- CPAC attendees applaud Biden’s missed vaccine goal

- Jonah’s Twitter debate with Nikole Hannah-Jones

- The New York Times’ tragic January 6 video

- Leo Strauss on liberal education

- Gen. Mark Milley feared a Trump “Reichstag moment”

- Fame and the Founding Fathers, by Douglass Adair