Oct 23, 2021 • 1HR 3M

Lugubrious Bat-Winged Malcontents

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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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Today’s Ruminant finds Jonah irritated by back pain, enamored with California roller coasters, and concerned for the health of his loyal spaniel (send her your love!). It also features a lengthy exploration of whether China can still be politically liberalized, why the terms and conditions of Trump’s new social media network are so funny, and how executive privilege actually functions. Stick around until the end for updates about new features on The Dispatch, and a preview of upcoming guests.

Show Notes:

- The House votes to hold Steve Bannon in contempt

- Advisory Opinions explores January 6

- Jonah’s brief history of executive privilege

- Gimme some truth

- Fresh craziness from J.D. Vance

- Klon Kitchen on the dangers of China’s missile tests

- Lipset’s modernization theory

- Mike Pompeo on Special Report

- “We welcome stiff competition”

- Visions of China on The Dispatch Podcast

- The moral equivalent of war

- The Friday G-File