May 8, 2021 • 1HR 17M

Wake Up Little Hawley

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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 Ruminant returns to its usual format today after last week’s drive-time diversion, as Jonah is once again placed under the unsettling eyes of several silent spectators. After exploring the history of American censorship and the current state of free speech, Jonah dives headfirst into the ongoing Liz Cheney controversy and lingering nuttiness of Donald Trump within the GOP. Will Josh Hawley ever cease to irritate? Is morality hardwired into babies? And why do the women in Jonah’s life all have awkwardly positioned birthdays?

Show Notes:

- Jonah’s latest column

- Jonah on political religions

- Ross Douthat: “When Wokeness Becomes Weakness”

- Banned in Boston

- “The movie's over, it's four o'clock, and we're in trouble deep”

- Charlie Kirk, political genius

- Josh Hawley rants about free speech

- Just Babies, by Paul Bloom

- National Review: “Liz Cheney is Not the Problem”

- The Wednesday G-File

- The Paul Wolfowitz/Sam Tanenhaus controversy