Oct 27, 2021 • 1HR 32M

The Good Life

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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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If you thought Jonah turned into an excited fanboy when he interviewed Mike Duncan, just wait until you hear today’s Remnant, in which acclaimed psychologist Dr. Paul Bloom joins the program for the first time to discuss man’s search for meaning. Human beings are strange creatures: We often deliberately seek out things that cause us pain or discomfort, like horror movies and spicy foods. What is the cause of this “benign masochism,” and what does it really mean to be happy? Additionally, how should human nature be defined? Could video games and virtual reality destroy the world as we know it? And how can Jonah tie all of this in with neoconservatism?

Show Notes:

-The Sweet Spot, Dr. Bloom’s new book

-Jonah: “Democracy in the Tobacconist’s”

-Dr. Bloom’s Google Scholar archive

-Conservatives are more easily disgusted than liberals

-Arthur Brooks on earned success

-Dr. Bloom: “Being in Time”

-“Benign masochism”

-Jonah: “Fear and Loathing in the Time of COVID”

-Political Bloods and Crips

-Back to the past

-Ezra Klein interviews Noam Chomsky

-The experience machine

-“We actually compete with sleep”

-Dr. Bloom: “Is God an Accident?”

-Just Babies

-Against Empathy

-How You Say It, by Katherine Kinzler

-The Remnant with Mike Duncan

-A Time to Build, by Yuval Levin

-Orwell’s review of Mein Kampf