Aug 4, 2021 • 1HR 20M

Meet the History Ninjas

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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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Chris Stirewalt is back on The Remnant to discuss how we can make politics boring again. As Chris observes, we’ve entered a “wilderness of grifts,” where opportunistic nationalism and Lincoln Project-style chicanery are all the rage. Meanwhile, a new group is trying to turn Joe Biden into FDR, factions on the right are embracing the progressive vision of government, and rage clicks are poisoning the political well. What can we learn from Lincoln in this bizarre moment? How do Americans really feel about abortion? And will Chris finally make a pious man out of Jonah?

Show Notes:

-The Morning Dispatch breaks down the infrastructure negotiations

-The Jane Mayer piece that made Jonah’s morning

-Jonah explores Trump’s grip on the GOP

-Ave, true to Trump

-Trump’s endorsement goes awry in Texas

-The Remnant with Dan McLaughlin

-Biden’s team of rivals

-The Great Debate, by Yuval Levin

-Jonah’s decadent dysfunction

-Jonah on the implications of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health

-The real great debate

-A musical mystery

-Chris’ Instagram, where the magic happens

-Kevin Williamson on the big white ghetto