Jul 17, 2020 • 1HR 9M

Very Bad Philosophers

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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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A rental-car bound Jonah invites his research assistant Nick Pompella onto the show from the reclusive Zoom cave in which Nick usually resides — or in this case, the dankness of Jonah’s basement as Nick housesits. Topping the docket today is a discussion of “whiteness,” along with verbal distress over how to pronounce “Parler” and the chilling acknowledgment that the government is the only entity that can legally kill you.

Show Notes:

-Barton Fink

-Page about “Whiteness” from the NMAAHC

-Pew data on church attendance by race/ethnicity

-Michael Burleigh’s The Third Reich

-Fukuyama’s Origins of Political Order

-Slavoj Žižek

-David Skarbek on the Remnant

-The article Nick found about Slack channels as the new water coolers

-David French’s hosting of the Remnant earlier this week

-Wednesday’s G-File, written from Alaska

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