Oct 6, 2021 • 1HR 5M

The Cheerful Pursuit

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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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The incomparable George Will makes his long-awaited return to The Remnant to discuss his latest book, American Happiness and Discontents. As George writes in its introduction, “happiness has been elusive for this dyspeptic nation” in recent years. Together, he and Jonah examine why Americans have become so restless and what can be done to address the causes of their disaffection. They also discuss how populism should be understood, what it means to be a “faint-hearted originalist,” and how the degradation of America’s elite institutions can be reversed. Happy warriors and scowling primitives alike are encouraged to tune in.

Show Notes:

-The Dispatch manifesto from two years ago

-George’s previous Remnant appearance

-George’s new book, American Happiness and Discontents

-George’s previous book, The Conservative Sensibility

-George debates Oren Cass on creative destruction

-Jonah on status anxiety

-Charles Murray’s Coming Apart

-Walter Berns on democracy

-Graeme Wood on our elite surplus

-Graeme Wood on The Remnant

-Schumpeter’s Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy

-Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals

-George on the “1619 Project”

-George on public choice theory

-George on judicial review

-“Conservatism is soiled by scowling primitives”

-Hayek: “Why I’m Not a Conservative”

-George reflects on his career and philosophical evolution

-Jonah and George discuss conservatism on C-SPAN