Jul 3, 2021 • 1HR 14M

The Noblest Savage

Jonah Goldberg
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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 features killer whales, hunter-gatherers, and a special appearance by Jonah’s importunate dingo. It also includes as much kvetching about partisan craziness and misunderstood aspects of intellectual history as you’d expect. Jonah begins by discussing the latest Trump tax scandal, the root cause of Tucker Carlson’s apparent insanity, and the GOP brouhaha over the Janury 6 commission. He then reflects on Donald Rumsfeld’s time in the White House. The show concludes with a mini-commercial for Suicide of the West, gratuitous shots at Rousseau and Marx, and reflections on the Fourth of July. It’s a veritable Goldbergian greatest hits.

Show Notes:

- Andy McCarthy on Manhattan’s Ahab

- Scott Gottleib’s new book, Uncontrolled Spread

- Encouraging job news

- Kevin McCarthy’s response to the January 6 commission

- Paul Gosar and Nick Fuentes, BFFs

- Thursday’s Twitter-bashing Remnant with Mo Elleithee

- Somebody’s (still) watching me…

- Tucker blames the FBI for the Capitol riot

- Donald Rumsfeld and (gasp!) Leo Strauss

- Ezra Klein’s recent podcast on how good we used to have it