Nov 11, 2021 • 1HR 18M

The Talented Mr. Madison

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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Historian and AEI fellow Jay Cost is back on The Remnant to discuss his new biography of James Madison, which focuses on the political theory of Jonah’s favorite Founding Father. Jay and Jonah fuse rank punditry with historical nerdery to explore how a little Madisonian wisdom could go a long way toward solving our most pressing institutional challenges. What are the greatest misconceptions about Madison and the founding? How should the Declaration of Independence be understood? And could American politics use more smoke-filled rooms?

Show Notes:

-Jay’s page at AEI

-Jay’s previous Remnant appearance

-Jonah and Jay on AEI’s Viewpoint

-James Madison: America’s First Politician

-Jay previews the book in the Wall Street Journal

-Jay’s previous book, The Price of Greatness

-Federalist 10

-Polybius (the historian, not the mythical video game)

-Jefferson and Madison on Malthus

-Why Nations Fail

-Inventing Freedom, by Daniel Hannan

-The Remnant with Steve Teles

-Jonah: “That Shor Sounds Good”

-The Remnant with Mike Duncan

-The Webster-Hayne debate