Feb 27, 2021 • 1HR 28M

The Unwearable Red Meat Hat

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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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Jonah joins us on a feature-length Relaxed Fit™ episode of the Ruminant in which he discusses his innate wish to continue speaking as a conservative without the sacrifice of genuinely-held principles. An important trait for a moment where that simply doesn’t happen often. In the first half, Jonah also addresses the “autoimmune problem” (both literal and figurative) of American youth as they continuously fail to prove themselves in tests of emotional fragility, and he makes a shocking claim about the Jaws sequels that must only be heard to be believed.

Show Notes:

-Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs, Koji and Gustav, stolen

-The Friday G-File

-Kevin Williamson and Jonah talk “doubling down on yeehaw”

-BIG IF TRUE: Jaws 2 is good???

-Michael Powell on the insanity at Smith College

-Oberlin student mistakes person in blanket for Klansman

-A landmine-filled G-File on language

-The intentionally meandering G-File from two Fridays ago

- “The Murphy Brown thing”

-What might a “red meat hat” even look like?

-Bill Kristol’s “trial balloon”

-“The Irony of Bill Kristol”