Jun 10 • 1HR 8M

The Disappearing Act

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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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It’s been a while since a recovering Marxist joined the Remnant, but Ruy Teixeira, political demographer and senior fellow at American Progress, is here to fill that void. In predictably wonky fashion, he and Jonah examine the future of the Democratic Party and how the progressive movement has changed in recent years. They also explore racism in American life, wokeism in universities, and Jonah’s renowned distaste for primaries. Whatever happened to the FDR coalition? Is Maoism back in style? And should we still be optimistic about America? 

Show Notes:

- Ruy’s newsletter, The Liberal Patriot

- Ruy and John B. Judis’ The Emerging Democratic Majority

- Ruy’s The Optimistic Leftist

- Ruy: “Eyes Wide Shut”

- Ruy: “How to Fix the Democratic Brand”

- The Remnant with Francis Fukuyama

- David Shor and the Democrats

- Jonah: “That Shor Sounds Good”

- Tyler Cowen on the Turing test

- The Remnant with Elaine Kamarck