Apr 17, 2020 • 1HR 14M

The Oklahoman Empire

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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 vox populi has been heard, so we went with a listener-suggested guest on this episode of The Remnant. Kyle Harper is an incredibly knowledgeable historian of the Roman Empire who specializes in the origins of Christianity, but that doesn’t quite do him justice. As Jonah (or, Jonas Magnus) discovers, he’s effectively a polymath who knows about everything from the gnostics to the history of infectious disease - which is, uh, convenient? Watch out for his Oklahoma nationalism, though; he might be trying to annex the rest of the country.

Show Notes:

-The deep human history of respiratory viruses

-Kyle’s latest book, The Fate of Rome

-Hunter-gatherers as the “original affluent society”

-Romans were short

-Calvin Coolidge’s son

-Tacitus: “they make a desert and call it peace.”

-Michael Munger on EconTalk, speaking to the ideological history of slavery

-Jamelle Bouie’s argument about the Enlightenment and racism

-“Climate essentialism” in Hippocrates

-Let’s all move to Oklahoma

-DoorDash, promo code REMNANT for $5 off, and zero delivery fees for the first month

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