Jan 15, 2021 • 1HR 8M

Yuval Got Some Explaining to Do

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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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Today, AEI’s Yuval Levin returns, and Jonah asks him something more important than “What happens next?” Rather, they try to think about “What should we do next?” They talk about what Congress’ institutional responsibility is in regards to impeachment. They also discuss the 10 Republican representatives who voted for impeachment (“Look, I’m Jewish: 10 is better than zero.”), and their hopes to move past the historically anomalous character of right wing discourse throughout the Trump years. “This period has just been devoid of policy conversations. … Keeping the left from crushing you is an important goal, but it’s not what matters most.”

Show Notes:

- Yuval’s most recent book, A Time to Build

- Yuval’s quarterly publication, National Affairs

- Rich Lowry: “The Crash of the Flight 93 Presidency”

- The Good Fight with Yascha Mounk

- William James and Charles Peirce’s “Cash value of an idea”

- “’Coequal’ is my trigger word”

- Federalist No. 10, where Madison discusses democracy vs. republicanism

- Robert Putnam, The Upswing

- “A Nation of Cowards,” by Jeffrey Snyder

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