Feb 24 • 1HR 31M

Our Paramour, the State

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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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Katherine Mangu-Ward, editor in chief of Reason magazine, joins the Remnant for the first time today to explore whether America’s libertarian spirit is still intact. In a moment where Americans are losing faith in authority, the right is succumbing to power worship, and pluralism is becoming increasingly unpopular, how can we avoid a “squishy apocalypse?” Moreover, is hypocrisy really a problem? Why can’t the government love you? And would the United States be a better place if dog catchers were defunded?

Show Notes:

- Katherine’s page at Reason

- The Remnant with Peter Suderman

- The Remnant with Leon Aron

- Katherine on why you almost certainly shouldn’t vote

- The Declaration of Independents, by Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch

- The Libertarian Mind, by David Boaz

- Obama’s second inaugural address

- The Remnant with Mike Gallagher

- Leon Aron: “The Invasion of Ukraine, and Regime Change”

- Dispatch Live on the Ukraine situation