Dec 18, 2021 • 1HR 14M

Privilege and Principles

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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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Today’s Ruminant is all about privilege, and Jonah has many nerdy thoughts on the subject. He also offers plenty of anecdotes about day drinking, a few meditations on Build Back Better hitting a brick wall, and a disquisition on the nature of consumerism. How many varieties of privilege are there in America today? Why do certain people tend toward conservatism? And why has Jonah finally decided to open up about Fox News? Brace your bingo cards, too, because Jonah still can’t stop complaining about Theodor Adorno and his mythical authoritarian personality.

Show Notes:

- The Morning Dispatch breaks down the Build Back Better stalemate

- Let’s talk about privilege

- The Remnant with Sally Satel

- Sumptuary laws

- Veblen goods

- Huntington’s “Conservatism as an Ideology”

- Sally Satel: “The Experts Somehow Overlooked Authoritarians on the Left”

- Politics and Prose lawyers up

- Harvard stops requiring SAT scores

- Jonah opens up about Fox

- Matthew Mehan’s new children’s book

- AEI Today

- Give someone a Dispatch subscription this Christmas