Feb 5, 2021 • 1HR 15M

Triple-Barreled Questions

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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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Given the state of… things (imagine us gesturing wildly as we say this) as they currently are, Jonah figured that this might be an apropos time to bring back a popular guest for his second showing:  Joseph Uscinski, a political scientist and professor at the University of Miami specializing in how conspiracy theories spread. Buckle up for the discussion of Jewish space lasers, QAnon, Frazzledrip, and much more. They also discuss why the conspiratorial tendency never seems to go away, thanks to its basis in personality type, as well as the fact that “politicians … use [them] as a cudgel to go around accusing their opponents of the worst things possible.” We’re sure you can imagine just what Joe is talking about with that one.

Show Notes:

-Joseph E Uscinski - University of Miami

-Our previous episode with Joseph

-Birtherism

-Every conspiracy theory promoted by Trump

-Conspiracy theories are for losers

-9/11 truthers

-70 percent of Republicans don’t think the election was free and fair

-Eric Voegelin and the roots of conspiracy theories

-The God of the gaps

-Conspiracy theories and evolutionary psychology

-The Koch brothers control everything

-Bernie and the rigged economy

-Alienated America by Tim Carney

-“Frazzledrip”???

-6 percent of Republicans and Democrats believe in QAnon

-NYT: Biden should appoint a “reality czar”