Jul 13, 2021 • 1HR 32M

Marginal Revolutionaries

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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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Alex Tabarrok, perhaps the world’s sole Canadian libertarian, joins The Remnant today for the first time. Inflation is on the rise, the vaccine rollout is stalling, and illiberalism is resurgent. In other words, there are plenty of demanding issues for Americans to be concerned about. Thankfully, Tabarrok has a range of considered policy solutions for Jonah to explore. How can we revitalize democracy? Would open borders work? And should we abandon advanced civilization now before the machines destroy us all?

Show Notes:

-Alex’s website

-“Inflation, no chance …”

-Jonah on the wackiness of vaccine paranoia

-Newsmax outcrazies itself

-The Mayor Quimby of anti-vaxxers

-Jonah on the importance of character

-Ezra Klein on the good old days

-Alex’s case for open borders

-“Born American, but in the Wrong Place”

-The Baumol effect

-Home Economics, by Nick Shulz

-The elite master’s degrees that don’t pay off