Oct 14, 2021 • 1HR 43M

Mutually Assured Derangement

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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.
Episode details

In light of the reaction to his call for anti-Trump conservatives to form a third party, Jonah invites Michael Brendan Dougherty onto The Remnant to discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of such an approach. Things don’t entirely go as planned, as their conversation swiftly moves beyond that into the broader strangeness of contemporary politics and the conservative movement. With the American people increasingly defecting from the norms of constitutional government, what can be done to prevent our institutions from collapsing?

Show Notes:

- Michael’s author page at National Review

- My Father Left Me Ireland, Michael’s recent book

- Jonah’s uncontroversial column

- Michael’s response

- Charlie Cooke’s response

- Dan McLaughlin’s response

- The Wednesday G-File

- Trump urges Republicans not to vote 

- Bill Kristol: “What About Joe?”

- The Remnant with George Will

- Remember the Obamacons?

- Yuval Levin on nationalism and exceptionalism

- Stalin’s War, by Sean McMeekin

- Macron’s plan to reindustrialize France

- Ross Douthat: “How Conservatives Can Reshape Education”

- Charlie Kirk at his worst

- Joe Rogan debates Sanjay Gupta

- The Merrick Garland letter

- The National School Boards Association letter

- The Daily Signal’s bathroom story

- The latest Dispatch Podcast

- Norse mythology

- David Harsanyi debates Sohrab Ahmari