Jul 31, 2021 • 52M

Return of the Mask

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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 ranty Ruminant finds Jonah alternately perplexed and irritated by the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, illiberalism in politics, and folks who think Twitter is real life. He begins by digging into the CDC’s revised guidance on masks and the possible implications of America’s stalling vaccine campaign. From there, things get nerdy, as Jonah explores the state of conservative institutions and weirdness of internet culture. Any cartoonists listening should stick around until the end for some striking inspiration.

Show Notes:

- Christian Schneider on anti-racism

- Jonah on the new mask mandates

- Wednesday’s “news”letter

- Last year’s kooky Washington Times piece on masks

- Crisis and Leviathan, by Robert Higgs

- The Dispatch Podcast on the CDC and January 6

- The Remnant with Tim Carney

- Marty Makary on the push to vaccinate children

- Laura K. Field’s essay on the Claremont Institute

- The Remnant with Dan McLaughlin

- Scarlett Johansson sues Disney