Oct 28, 2021 • 1HR 20M

The Future and its Intransigents

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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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Steve Teles joins The Remnant for a second time to explore what can be done to fix our dysfunctional parties. Like many of Jonah’s closest friends, Steve disagrees with his idea that a third party could cure what ails the GOP, and instead argues that we should build moderate factions within it. Brace yourself for an exceptionally wonky discussion, which covers Jonah’s distaste for primaries, why we need a better class of political moderate, and whether Joe Biden should be considered a centrist. There’s also plenty of gratuitous complaining about Congress and the Clintons, so prepare your bingo cards.

Show Notes:

- Steve’s page at the Niskanen Center

- Never Trump, Steve and Rob Saldin’s latest book

- The Captured Economy, Steve’s previous book with Brink Lindsey

- Steve’s previous Remnant appearance

- Jonah: “A Third Party Could Cure What Ails the GOP”

- Jonah: “Words with Friends”

- Steve and Rob: “The Future is Faction”

- “Cost Disease Socialism”

- Matt Yglesias: “Congressional Moderates Could Make a Party of Their Own”

- Mitt Romney’s child benefit plan

- David Shor: “How Democrats Can Save Themselves”