Feb 19 • 1HR 17M

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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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Sleep-deprived and bracing for a lengthy flight, Jonah begins today’s Ruminant with an insatiable thirst for coffee. Conveniently, he has plenty of topics to ramble about while enjoying his morning brew. First on the docket is the San Francisco school board recall, which prompts Jonah to ponder why Democrats keep getting the culture war so wrong. From there, a potpourri of nerdery begins, as Jonah explores the origins of rights and freedoms, Russia’s potential invasion of Ukraine, and the importance of distinguishing between “liberal” and “progressive.” Plus, stick around for a tribute to the late, great P.J. O’Rourke.

Show Notes:

- Try a free 30-day Dispatch membership

- Peggy Noonan: “Republicans, Stand Against Excess”

- “Alarmingly potent”

- Jonah: “It Takes Two Sides to Fight a War”

- The San Francisco school board recall

- Ruy Texiera’s Substack

- “Ugly freedoms”

- Jonah on the Ottawa freedom convoy

- The “Revolutions” podcast covers the English Civil War

- The Remnant with Mike Duncan

- The Remnant with Leon Aron

- Jonah on the passing of P.J. O’Rourke

- The return of Dispatch Live