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.
Jonah’s had a long week, so grab an Irish whiskey (so long as it’s not Bushmills) and join him for some ruminating punditry on the tactical errors being made by conservative advocacy groups, “Cancel Rent” insanity, “Plandemic” insanity, and additional flavors of insanity. Also, Jameson, if you’re reading this, call us.
-The glories of Jameson Caskmates
-The most recent G-File
-The (underrated) Tyranny of Cliches
-Plandemic movie picking up speed
-Our episode on conspiracy theories, with Joe Uscinski
-Obama floats a falsehood about Rutherford B. Hayes
A.B. Stoddard is a refreshing presence on today’s podcast as she and Jonah delve into starkly rank punditry and a discussion of the eerie intentionality behind Trump’s coronavirus response. In fact, A.B.’s wise words—on Fauci, on Trump’s fantasies, on panicked Texans—leave only a singular major question remaining: will Jonah end up rocking a man bun?
-Steve’s piece on the canceling of Liz Cheney
-Jonah’s recent appearance on the Chuck Toddcast
-The Washington Post’s reporting of the Trump clan retweeting misleading doctor videos, that have since been deleted
-Trump’s weirdly made-up invitation to throw the first pitch for the Yankees?
-Jonah on NPR at the crack of dawn on July 28
-A.B.’s Bulwark piece on how the Republican Party can’t be reformed from within
A clean-shaven Michael Strain joins the perennially bearded Jonah to talk about the topic that always brings encouraging news: the economy. Lowering the national debt and the closing of movie theaters are two bullets in this chin-stroking chamber, complemented by banter about barbecue sauce and how to retrieve small children from the sewers.
-Michael Strain’s new book, The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It)
-Jonathan Chait’s book on Obama’s legacy (got awkward when Trump won)
-The Montreal Cognitive Assessment
-2001 anthrax attacks
-Ayanna Pressley’s wise words to cancel everything
-G-File in which Jonah talks about how the House Freedom Caucus is a bunch of hacks
-DonorsTrust.com/Dingo for your free resource, “6 Reasons to Use a Donor Advised Fund”
What do canned meats and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment have in common? Are there any real rebels in American culture? Why shouldn’t gerbils be allowed to eat beets? Join Jonah in the passenger seat of his car to have all of these pressing questions and more answered on this weekend’s Ruminant.
-The latest G-File
-The most horrifying term: Forcemeat
-The test Trump took, in case you want to test yourself
-Silliness in our law enforcement conversations
-The longstanding Marxist focus on heightening contradictions
-David’s controversy-causing newsletter
-David Brooks on nonconformity
The punditry is strong today as Jonah and Luke Thompson meet at the intersection of conservatism and the Constitution. Stopping briefly for some quick jabs at Rep. Mike Gallagher and some comments that will definitely be taken out of context, we hear deep insights about big-kid words like “impoundment” and “rescission.”
-Constitutionally Speaking, a podcast with Luke and Jay Cost
-The Wisdom of Conservatism by Peter Witonski
-Luke’s article in the Spectator about the veepstakes
Rank punditry and eggheadery dominate the docket today as Matt Continetti joins Jonah on a mournfully swampy day in D.C. From Biden huddling in his basement to William F. Buckley Jr. naming his boat “Splendid Isolation,” the guys go backward from politics today to politics yesterday in a convention of nerd-dom, spiced up by mentions of Klingon weddings and Dungeons and Dragons.
-Andy Kessler’s WSJ piece on June 1 being Trump’s official downfall date
-Nate Cohn on a tiny but influential portion of American voters
-A squirrel with bubonic plague in Colorado
-Chris Wallace interviews Trump (transcript)
-In which Jonah references Albert Jay Nock’s preference to living in Belgium over the United States
-Conor Friedersdorf’s list of conservatives to follow on Twitter, scroll for associated bashing and criticism
-Conservatism as an Ideology, by Samuel P. Huntington
-What is Conservatism?
-Bob Novak’s The Prince of Darkness
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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.
-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
-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
With Jonah traipsing about somewhere in the Alaskan wilderness, David French takes over the hosting duties to welcome David Bahnsen back on. David and David talk COVID, policy, and faith. After a jab at Jonah — will he really write a book on bigfoot erotica? — the Davids discuss team good vs. team lesser evil, noting that while Scripture anticipated the Assyrians, it didn’t predict Hillary Clinton. All hail King Dave!
-Jonah, off the grid in Alaska
-Bahnsen’s daily missal
-Tennessee COVID-19 response
-Crisis of Responsibility (with a foreword by your host!)
-The abandonment of Reagan’s 3-legged stool
-God’s warning for the people of Judah not to seek help from Egypt against the Assyrians
-“Jonah’s first book.”
-Advisory Opinions, with Official Jonah Impersonator David French
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On this episode, Jonah ruminates from his igloo (we hope - wouldn’t that be cool?) on some Alaska stories, the American founding, relativism in language, and why good manners are more important (and more complicated) than you might think.
-Alaskans plug in their cars
-The mighty Gavora Mall
-The members-only Wednesday “news”letter
-Remnant with John McWhorter
-Tony Montana … asserts his dominance? … by eating the lemon in the washing bowl
-Jonah’s dueling essay with Patrick Deneen
Andy Smarick, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins a sleep-deprived Jonah in a discussion of schools in the time of COVID — all 14,000 districts’ worth. After nerding out over Supreme Court cases, civics, and badly misremembering an episode of M*A*S*H, Andy ends on a note of optimism while Jonah (hopefully) goes to get some sleep somewhere in Alaska.
-Adrian Vermeule’s common-good constitutionalism
-Sohrab Ahmari vs. David French debates, because why not
-What is Conservatism? With a foreword by Jonah
-Bostock v. Clayton County, court opinion delivered by Gorsuch
-AEI survey about parents’ feelings with the approaching school year
-Smarick’s piece on how pundits ought to have governing experience
-Lyman Stone on The Remnant
-Thomas Sowell’s recent book on charter schools
-Andy: What the Espinoza Decision Means for Other Aspects of Religious Freedom
-Pierce v. Society of Sisters
-Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer
-CarShield.com, promo code “dingo” to save 10%
Jonah has long awaited the chance to have Columbia University linguist John McWhorter on the show, and now he’s finally here. In a particularly un-rank episode of The Remnant, Jonah asks John about the shifting nature of language, and if it’s really a good thing that usage shifts so rapidly (e.g. “literally”). Also, what grammar police campaigns have been successful in preserving grammatical order, and where have they failed?
-John’s many, many books
-John’s podcast, Lexicon Valley
-Jonah’s piece on Biden’s use of “literally”
-Once more, Paul Bloom’s Just Babies
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Jonah gratefully drags a harried Niall Ferguson onto the show, which begins with Angela Merkel and ends with “copious quantities of claret.” Listen to Jonah and Niall — mostly Niall, of the Mellifluous Voice — speak in tongues, lament the destruction of critical thinking in universities, and sneak in a jab at Woodrow Wilson [dun dun dun].
-Angela Merkel on “the toughest situation” in Europe’s history
-Communities of fate, coined by our grave German friends
-The New Republic’s contest for the most boring headline
-Rescuing the nation-state, commentary by Alan S. Milward
-Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire by Niall Ferguson
-That whom Niall is not
-The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations, by Paul Kennedy
-Too many educated men, by Boyle
-NBER paper on how more people actually stayed home during the protests
-Schumpeter’s Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy
-Civilization: The West and the Rest, by Niall Ferguson
-Piece by Niall and Eyck Freymann
-Faces At The Bottom Of The Well: The Permanence Of Racism, by Derrick Bell
-For fun, the Yale Course Catalog, which Jonah perused a few years ago
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On his second Remnant appearance, National Review’s Kevin Williamson travels down a series of tangent-friendly avenues with Jonah. What are statue-defacers actually accomplishing? Why are Americans “a bunch of maniacs” compared to our continental comrades? And what is Kevin’s obsession with Switzerland all about, anyway?
-Kevin’s upcoming book, Big White Ghetto
-Kevin’s smash-hit, The Smallest Minority
-Kevin’s aptly-titled Tuesday newsletter, “The Tuesday”
-Houston Rockets manager tweets in support of Hong Kong protests
-China is now sterilizing Uyghurs
-The genuine wackiness of Richard Delgado
-The Helvetica Type
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It’s the weekend, therefore it’s time for another Ruminant. This time, it’s a monologue in which Jonah truly realizes how Remnant-y he’s really become. In his own words, “the point of conservatism is not to get the Republican Party elected.” In short, this is a “down with majoritarianism, up with principles” kind of episode.
-This week's G-File
-Suicide of the West (now out in paperback!)
-The non-scandal of Tina Fey and Jimmy Kimmel
-Steve Teles (Robert Saldin): Never Trump: The Revolt of the Conservative Elites
-Patrick Deneen’s piece for American Compass
-Hofstadter’s book on social Darwinism
-Herbert Spencer and his infamous phrase
-“The Fourteenth Amendment does not enact Mr. Herbert Spencer’s Social Statics.”
-Leonard’s “Origins of the myths of social Darwinism”
-The Pilgrim’s Progress
Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, stops by to discuss his new book Countdown 1945, the state of American politics, and the intersection of technology and journalism.
-Chris' new book Countdown 1945
Remnant regular and Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt joins to discuss the newsiest events of the day: sausage varietals, Teddy Roosevelt’s legacy, and 1800s newspapers. In addition to nerding out on these rather specific topics, they do get around to some more modern rank punditry on everything from early voting to the future of cable news.
Why are politicians so reluctant to take responsibility for the history of their own ideas? Everything from the minimum wage to community policing has a sordid past if you just look back far enough, and Jonah thinks that putting on your partisan blinders only for the specific policies you happen to dislike leads to bad outcomes. In this particularly chaotic era of American politics, Jonah points out evidence of this sort of thing happening everywhere.
In the microcosm of right-of-center news, we have been blessed with two great writers by the name of Robert George. This podcast sees Jonah talking to one of them. No, not that one, the other one! They talk about what it’s like to work for two of the most spirited publications in New York (the Post and the Daily News), and take a trip down memory lane to their time as pundits in the last dominant years of live TV.
Escaping household chaos, a car-bound Jonah talks prisons with Brown University’s David Skarbek. Bolivian jails and Soviet gulags are just two choices in this long game of Where’d-You-Rather: Incarceration Edition. Skarbek takes us through the highlights of his upcoming book and touches on the delicate subject of policing.
What to make of the many news stories of the week - the resignation of James Bennet at The New York Times, the establishment of an autarkic city-state in Seattle, and more? On the Ruminant, Jonah sees some connecting threads between them all, such as the shrinking of large, trustworthy media institutions.
AEI scholar and China expert Oriana Skylar Mastro joins The Remnant to help us all understand the "Middle Kingdom" and its moves on the world stage. At a time like this, where the U.S. is retreating from its global responsibilities, how is China going to try to spin this into a positive outcome for themselves? Oriana has some ideas.
Tim Carney joins The Remnant, where he talks about some of the great shoe-leather reporting he’s been doing on the protests in the D.C. area. How many of the protesters are seriously out to cause trouble, and how many are there for good reasons? Also, what can be made of the “defund the police” movement, and where have our “little platoons” gone during the pandemic?
Jonah returns for the weekend Ruminant to address the growing unease he gets from the national protest movements. What’s going to be more damaging: the protests, or the massive overcorrection from the critics of the protests? With a little bit of perspective, it should be easy to see that everyone is manipulating data for their own ends - the epidemiologists, the protesters, and, of course, the Executive (to put it politely).
In this crazy time we’re living in, what’s the most accurate historical parallel? 1968? The 1420s? UMass Boston historian and all-around smart dude Vincent Cannato returns to the show for the second time to remind us of the scary-but-true reality: we are actually living in an unprecedented era. As the ancient faux-Chinese curse says, “May you live in interesting times.”
How does liberty die? According to Padmé, with thunderous applause. According to The New York Times, with an ill-timed op-ed ghostwritten by Putin. And according to John Pitney, professor of American politics at Claremont McKenna, maybe with Trump? John joins the show to play Remnant bingo, but also to make the case that Trump’s oft-praised abrasiveness isn’t actually very American — and that his behavior usually stifles liberty instead of promoting it.
Jonah ruminates on why we can't have nice things, darling. A journey that takes us from Julien Benda’s Treason of the Intellectuals to John Courtney Murray's The Return to Tribalism. From the cigar shop to the primitive Greek usage of the word "idiot."
Has the 1 percent really rigged the economy? Why do Argentinians believe the Vatican is hiding aliens? And finally, what’s the deal with Bigfoot (and the associated erotica therein)? University of Miami political scientist and conspiracy theory expert Joseph Uscinski joins Jonah to answer these questions, explain who believes such things, and why. We suggest you listen to this truly bizarre episode before the Lizard People take it off the air.
Last time Matt Ridley was on, Jonah was left with so many questions that he knew he had to get him on again in short order. So he’s here again to answer more questions on the themes of his new book, How Innovation Works. Matt talks about how bureaucracy gets in the way of innovation, not by saying no to innovators, but “by saying yes too slowly,” and presents the one bit of scientific wisdom he would pass on to a future civilization. Come for the enlightenment, stay for the LED lightbulb.
Everything has a price - except The Remnant, of course. That’s free. But regardless, Jonah flies solo once more and shares some advice he learned from his father about how to appraise the worth of any activity in life. On that theme, it turns out that he puts little worth in political eschatology, partisan psychological research, and the dichotomy implied by the terms ‘left-” and “right-wing.”
David French joins the Five-Timer’s Club on this edition of The Remnant. The conversation has just about the widest scope possible, including everything from end times prophecy, to Protestantism versus Restorationism, to methods for surviving the zombie apocalypse, to the blessed Snyder cut.
Amy Walter, national editor of The Cook Political Report, joins the show to talk about which polling numbers actually convey useful information during an election season. How can Trump’s job approval ratings remain relatively high, while lots of people still say they won’t vote for him? What do the parties actually need to do to keep their coalitions intact? And how strongly does Jonah feel about quality underwear? Tune in to find out.
Jonah’s back for another roundup of the week, where he takes on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, R. R. Reno, Napoleon - that’s right, Napoleon - and many more. In addition to addressing current events, he also discusses the necessity of the right to police its own side, and how old-school leftists ruined the word “ideology” for the rest of us.
Paul Matzko - a historian who has charted the legacy of talk radio and the conservative movement - joins The Remnant pantheon. While conservatives may be familiar with the lasting legacy of figures like Rush Limbaugh and Michael Medved, Paul shows that they follow a path established by religious conservatives stretching back to the 60s. Learn about the Kennedy administration’s checkered history with AM radio, and about the differing impacts of the radio populists versus the print-magazine intellectuals, such as Buckley at National Review.
Why do international institutions have scary-sounding names? Why do we fall for dolphin propaganda, every time? What form does the true Platonic Nacho take? Return guest Scott Lincicome joins The Remnant to answer these pressing questions. This episode explains more of this international man of mystery’s backstory, revealing not only what irks him about modern China-hawkishness, but also the cherished memory that reliably brings a tear to his eye.
It’s that time again: on this weekend Ruminant, Jonah finds himself dealing with more 2016 déjà vu, as once again the public conversation turns towards the “binary choice” between two men who have been accused of sexual assault. How did we get to a point where our standards stooped so low? Jonah has a few ideas about that, and they have to do with the cop-outs of the intellectual class and the erosion of social capital.
Libertarian guru, wisdom-dispenser, and Jonah’s good friend Ron Bailey, science correspondent for Reason magazine, joins us on The Remnant. Ron guides us through the myriad reasons that the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t justify expanding the government and federal bureaucracies to unprecedented levels, before spending the second half of the podcast enticing Jonah to join him in the strange exotic land of the libertarians. If anyone can pull that off, it’s Ron.
Steve Kornacki, national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, joins Jonah to breakdown the state of the 2020 election, and take a trip through the history of political tribalism. It helps that Steve wrote a whole book, The Red and the Blue, on the subject. Come for Steve's keen knowledge of all things politics, stay for the discussion on weak parties.
On this Ruminant, Jonah finds himself hearing the “binary choice” argument all over again, but this time about Trump vs. Biden. In his response, he also deals with the ways in which people are failing to take the Reade allegation seriously, how we have a political class of perpetual underdogs, and how dishonest arguments have snuck into our partisan debates.
Jonah and National Review’s Charles Cooke podcast with one another from the sunny paradise of Florida on this episode of The Remnant. Why is Florida so weird, really? What is to be made of GOP governors riding the Trump Train before promptly hopping back off? And what are people actually angry about regarding the Reade/Biden allegation? Tune in to witness a disagreement that sheds more light than heat.
Representative Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin makes a return appearance on this, the 200th episode of The Remnant. To celebrate, Jonah and Mike bring back the ever-popular theme of half-baked ideas, mixing many of their own ideas (that still need a bit more time in the oven) with some of our very own listener-submitted thoughts. They revisit their plan to (peacefully!) annex Greenland, Mike prolongs his beef with Rep. Dan Crenshaw, and our intrepid podcasters discover how to implement mortal combat into parliamentary procedure.
Jonah returns to ruminate on a smorgasbord of things this week: injecting bleach to cure COVID-19 (big if true!), an extended meditation on John Rawls’ "veil of ignorance," how the veil is nonsensical from the pro-life position, and the difference between “social justice” and a “just society.”
How does technological innovation actually happen? We were able to speak to Matt Ridley, who has literally written the (upcoming) book on this subject, How Innovation Works. Matt brings up fascinating points, such as whether or not innovation really relies on “great men” miraculously coming up with brilliant ideas, why we are often resistant to new technology, and how we can get out of our current innovation slump, a product of our cultural risk-aversion. And tune in to see where he places on the ranking of Most British People Ever (™).
This episode goes in The Remnant Hall of Fame for a few reasons: it’s both one of the longest episodes we’ve ever done, with one of the New Yorkiest guests we’ve ever had. Vincent Cannato, professor of history at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, proves his New York credentials not just with stories of mayors from years past, but with the most authentic pronunciation of “Giuliani” you’ll ever hear. Stick around for Jonah and Vin reminiscing about AEI, Irving Kristol, and the least impressive Honda Civic in human history.
Another weekend, another Ruminant - this time with Jonah talking about the intellectual backdrop of conservatism, and what early conservative (and progressive) ideologies might have to say about today’s coronavirus response. Join Jonah in a cloud of cigar smoke inside his own car to talk about the New Deal, Trump’s call to LIBERATE [INSERT STATE HERE], and more.
The vox populi has been heard, so we went with a listener-suggested guest on this episode of The Remnant. Kyle Harper is an incredibly knowledgeable historian of the Roman Empire who specializes in the origins of Christianity, but that doesn’t quite do him justice. As Jonah (or, Jonas Magnus) discovers, he’s effectively a polymath who knows about everything from the gnostics to the history of infectious disease - which is, uh, convenient? Watch out for his Oklahoma nationalism, though; he might be trying to annex the rest of the country.
On the new Remnant, Jonah talks with James Pethokoukis, a fellow at AEI, about how markets are reacting to coronavirus and what the recovery might look like. (V-shaped? U-shaped? Nike swoosh-shaped?) As a result of their isolation-based hallucinations, they also get particularly animated in the rank punditry and pop culture portions - so don’t miss out on their hottest Star Trek takes, or Jim’s shocking defense of the finales of Lost and Battlestar Galactica.
Welcome back to Jonah’s Fortress of Solitude on this latest solo episode of The Remnant. On the docket today are topics like subsidiarity in a crisis, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (which Jonah struggles to pronounce), and listener feedback from The Dispatch comments section.
Steven Teles, a professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, joins us on the heels of his newly released book, Never Trump. Stop sharpening your pitchforks, everyone! It’s an objective treatment of the Never Trump movement that doesn’t come down one way or the other on it. It also leads into some classic Remnant wonkery, with tangents into the problems with party strength, mediating institutions, and political history, and how these things relate to the tensions within modern conservatism.
Through the magic of the internet, AEI's Lyman Stone joins The Remnant all the way from Hong Kong to talk all things coronavirus: how we got here, the numbers, China's role in the outbreak, and where we go from here.
The Remnant returns to its quarantine schedule with long-awaited guest and (possibly) the most-ever cited legal scholar, Cass Sunstein. Cass and Jonah have a longstanding camaraderie that began with a shared love of dogs - a subject they may write a book about - but they also have an uncanny ability to discuss flaws and weaknesses in one another’s political priors that’s rare in modern debate. There’s dog talk, bonobo talk, and some rank nudgery on this episode, so it’s a great pick-me-up episode with a little bit of something for everyone.
In this episode, Jonah continues the great Remnant tradition of allowing senior National Review political correspondent Jim Geraghty to dispense genuinely unique and fascinating observations about current global issues. And what better time could there be for that than right now? During a moment in which even Americans’ feelings about a global health crisis break down along partisan lines rather than facts on the ground, Geraghty’s brand of succinct investigative reporting is a breath of fresh air.
In the words of Gene Wilder, “There’s no earthly way of knowing … in which direction we are going.” That’s the mood on the latest Remnant, which sees Jonah flying solo in a second - and more streamlined - attempt at an audio G-File. Some of this is an expansion on the topics in this week's G-File, but most of it consists of unique, free-flowing observations from Jonah’s mind. Huzzah for keeping sanity during quarantine! Let us know what you think of this format on the @JonahRemnant Twitter, through Jonah at @JonahDispatch, or by email at email@example.com - we want to know!
Shoshana Weissmann is a Renaissance woman, and only at age 27: she’s the head of digital media at R Street Institute, a policy fellow specializing in occupational licensing, and an institution unto herself on social media. She brings a blessed breath of brevity to this episode of The Remnant, on which there is no coronavirus talk! She and Jonah touch on some hilarious job licensing restrictions (fortune tellers?), talk a little memes, a little charismatic megafauna, a little Judaism, and even a little online dating. It’s a reminder of how life was before “The Event,” so it’s really a can’t-miss.
Kevin Williamson is a man of mystery: he’s an “Eisenhower libertarian,” he’s been accused of being a D.C. insider (he lives in Texas), and (most famously) he’s a former staff writer for The Atlantic even though they only gave him one byline before firing him. Life in Kevin’s Fortress of Solitude has stayed mostly the same - even in the midst of a pandemic. Lucky for us, that means he had time to talk to Jonah about his unique political perspective, the role of government in a crisis, and how his “libertoid” opinions help him solve those mysteries of his.
In order to give you all a break from the talk about the end of the world, this episode has Jonah speaking with psychologist Dr. Michele Gelfand about one of his pet-obsessions: “tight” and “loose” theories of culture. Why do places like Japan and Singapore seem to be in lockstep while the U.S. is so freewheeling? How should we tighten up, culturally, as a response to COVID? And why are Mexican teachers unions so weird? We ask the hard questions here on The Remnant, so don’t miss it.
Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt joins The Remnant to discuss coronavirus and its impact on the 2020 election. Where does Bernie Sanders go from here? Should Joe Biden run a front porch campaign? How do Obama/Trump voters vote this time?
New York Times columnist and resident French expert Ross Douthat returns once more to talk about his new book, The Decadent Society. He makes the case that decadence is more than just high-calorie desserts and rich Corinthian leather; the phenomenon is more about the space race, the birth dearth, our dumb Hollywood blockbusters, and our painful politics. Oh, and the coronavirus has turned him into a doomsday prepper. But Ross is a Bonhomme if you will, so we’re betting he survives his book tour unscathed.
Elizabeth Warren might be out of the running for the Democratic nomination, but that doesn’t mean that the most harmful parts of her agenda haven’t been assimilated into other Democrats’ platforms. David Bahnsen literally wrote the book on that bad agenda and asserts that the worst parts of it (i.e. an outright unconstitutional wealth tax) might still be coming down through a different nominee. David and Jonah also engage in some rank punditry, and they even ask the question that all the cool kids are asking: what’s the deal with Postmillennial Protestant eschatology?
Does our culture need to become more nationalistic? What about reorienting our society towards “the highest Good,” as defined by your religion of choice? Stephanie Slade, managing editor at Reason, doesn’t think so, but she brings a unique perspective that many other libertarians don’t: she’s also a practicing Catholic. In this episode, Stephanie explains how she balances these two commitments that, on the surface, seem at odds with one another. Jonah also picks a fight with her about drug ads on primetime television.
Is the American Dream dead? How are most Americans actually doing? Will the coronavirus kill us all? And most importantly, is Star Trek: Picard actually good? Repeat guest Michael Strain, author of The American Dream Is Not Dead, has all of these answers and more.
-Michael’s book, The American Dream Is Not Dead
-Marco Rubio’s father as an American success story
-Irving Kristol on the power of ideas
-The New York Times on the power of lawns
-Josh Hawley at King’s College
-Brink Lindsey on U.S. culture after the 50s
-The Success Sequence
-G7 Coronavirus statement
-Oren Cass’ Cost-of-Thriving Index
-Gordon Gekko’s brick phone
-Elaine on stuffed crust pizza
-Jeri Ryan is why we live in this timeline
Princeton Professor Keith Whittington is so sharp that he gives you paper cuts when you shake his hand. That’s why we had him on - to walk all of us mere mortals through the complex history of judicial review as outlined in his book, Repugnant Laws. Keith brought a mix of history, current events, rank punditry and more to this podcast!
-Keith’s book, Repugnant Laws
-The history of the “8 glasses of water a day” myth
-Keith’s last book, Speak Freely
-Oliver Wendell Holmes’ opinion for Buck V. Bell
-The scary reality of self-censorship at universities
-Temperance-era protests at Berkeley over family serving beer to firefighters, God forbid
-Remnant 146 with Adam White
-Keith’s WaPo piece on Dershowitz’s impeachment argument
-Remnant 174 with Josh Kraushaar
Delicate ears beware - Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng got explicit with us to talk about the inner workings of the Trump administration staff, which is the topic of their new book called Sinking in the Swamp. How much favor do Trump-positive talking heads really get from the White House? Are Trump’s numerous ex-staffers now effectively lobbyists? And can we pronounce Asawin’s name correctly?
-Buy Sinking in the Swamp!
-Bannon’s use of the “Island of Misfit Toys” phrase
-Stephen Miller’s strange history
-The “Singularity of Asininity”
-James Adomian’s Gorka impression
-Lachlan’s article on Gorka’s park-job
In a return to normal Remnant-y quirkiness, we have on “the oldest young person” that Jonah knows, Andrew Egger. There’s rank punditry, far-afield movie references, and an unnerving amount of Midwest-bashing; it has everything!
-Huey Long: “Enough money to burn a wet mule”
-Andrew’s piece on Bloomberg
-NYT accent identifier
-Wag the Dog
-Suicide of the West, now in paperback
-Bernie supporting Castro, Sandinistas in 1985
-Andrew’s piece on the wall
-Roger Stone gets 40 months
-The Dispatch Podcast
-UnTuckIt.com promo code dingo
Tevi Troy stops by The Remnant to break the first rule of Fight House and talk about Fight House his new book about rivalries in the White House. Jonah and Tevi then take a trip down memory lane at their time together at AEI in the early 1990s.
-Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump
-Camelot created the modern presidency
-Devaluing the Think Tank
-DrinkHydrant.com promo code dingo
National Journal politics editor Josh Kraushaar stops by for a special Valentine's Day edition of The Remnant full of rank punditry on all things 2020.
-Josh’s podcast, Against the Grain
-Josh’s column, also called Against the Grain
-The history of The Hotline
-The unwokeness of most Democrats - precisely in point #6
-Steve Inskeep asking Warren what states she thinks she can win
-Biden yelling in town halls
-Jonah explaining Seth Masket’s argument at length
-The Party Decides, a book that’s less and less true by the day
-John Rauch’s suggestions re: primaries
-Bernie calling open borders a Koch conspiracy
-Ron DeSantis politicizing his kids
-The chaos of second terms
-Romney’s note to Senate colleagues
AEI resident scholar Derek Scissors joins The Remnant to discuss all things China including the trade agreement with the U.S., Huawei, and coronavirus.
-China’s global investment
-U.S.-China trade agreement
-China's 2019 economic summary
-DoorDash code: Remnant
For part one of their crossover podcast event Jonah talks with Bridget Phetasy about meeting on Twitter, culture wars, drug legalization, writing for Playboy, and #MeToo.
-Walk-Ins Welcome with Bridget Phetasy
-Dumpster Fire with Bridget Phetasy
Steve Hayes, editor of The Dispatch, walks over from his desk to talk with Jonah about the best steak in Iowa, the end of the impeachment trial, and an update on their new media company The Dispatch.
-The Dispatch in Iowa
-Jonah on Hugh Hewitt
-Joe Biden fact check
-The Atlantic profile of The Dispatch
For podcast sidekick Jack Butler's last appearance on the Remnant as such, he turns the tables by asking Jonah the questions that he's been meaning to ask for a long time: about drugs and alcohol, punching homeless people, getting punched by Irishmen, and more.
-The (second) Mike Gallagher episode
-Nick Gillespie episode
-Buy Suicide of the West (now out in paperback!)
-Are dogs good?
-The first Megan McArdle episode
-The Jake Tapper episode
-Jack's podcast, Young Americans
AEI's Yuval Levin drops by The Remnant to discuss his new book "A Time to Build" and lays out his argument for why America's real problems stem from the failure of our institutions and why they need to be rebuilt or built anew.
-Yuval Levin (AEI, National Affairs)
-A Time To Build
-Inside Trump's stunning tirade against generals
Jonah visits with Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier to discuss how Special Report comes together, Twitter and the news cycle, the Democratic primary, and going to college with Steve Hayes.
-Three Days at the Brink
-Three Days in Moscow
-Three Days in January
New York Times Op-Ed columnist David Brooks stops by The Remnant to discuss tribalism v. community, nationalism, whether the word conservative is salvageable, and the story of the "Kosher Killer."
-The Second Mountain
-Michael Lind essay
-Goldberg: Americans are more partisan than ever
-Brooks: The Two Moons
-George Will v. Josh Hawley part one
-George Will v. Josh Hawley part two
-Capitalism v. socialism debate with Arthur Brooks
-Marco Rubio's common-good capitalism
-Michael Oakeshott's Rationalism in Politics
-DoorDash promo code: Remnant
New York Times columnist Ross Douthat joins the Remnant to discuss religion: new religions, religions fighting among themselves, hokey religions that are no match for a good blaster at your side, etc. Shownotes –The Dispatch -Ross Douthat: NYT (The Argument), NRO, AEI –The Gary Schmitt episode –The Ross Douthat religion panel –Social Creature – Tara Isabella … Continue reading Episode 165: Ross, Do That →
Jonah visits fellow Gen Xer Jake Tapper’s shrine to political losers to talk about the 1990s, The Six Million Dollar Man, Joe McCarthy, and Donald Trump. Show Notes: –Jake Tapper –Rep. Dick Swett –Jake Tapper’s office of presidential losers –The Hellfire Club
Jonah lets the team at The Dispatch hijack The Remnant to debut their new podcast “The Dispatch Podcast.” Today Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David take a look at the situation between the U.S. and Iran, the latest with impeachment, and the president’s proposed tariffs on European wine.
Through the magic of Skype, Jonah talks from Spain with Jack about life in Spain (and Iberian pork), the killing of Soleimani, Star Wars, and more. Shownotes –The Dispatch –The most recent Morning Dispatch –Graeme Wood on Soleimani –Randolph Bourne –The EU’s fatal flaw –The most recent GLoP –The Nick Gillespie Remnant –Reason’s Star Wars … Continue reading Episode 163: Iberian Pork Overdose →
Washington Examiner Executive Editor and author of Fear Your Future Phil Klein joins the Remnant to discuss his new book on how Baby Boomers have screwed over the Millennials. Shownotes –The Dispatch –nas.org/DINGO –Phil Klein of the Washington Examiner –Fear Your Future – Phil Klein –Paul Krugman against Monetary Monetary Theory –Calvinball –Lyman Stone’s AEI work on … Continue reading Episode 162: Millennials Are Screwed →
Jonah invites AEI scholar and impeachment expert Gary Schmitt to discuss what impeachment actually is, what it’s for, and how to use it properly. Shownotes –Gary Schmitt –The Dispatch –“How the Framers thought about impeachment” – Gary Schmitt –“What does ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ mean?” – Joseph Bessette and Gary Schmitt –Federalist No. 65 –National … Continue reading Episode 161: The Gary Schmitt Impeachment Primer →
National Review senior political correspondent Jim Geraghty makes yet another return to the Remnant to discuss the Democratic primary, impeachment, Star Wars, and more. Shownotes –MeetCircle.com/DINGO, enter DINGO at checkout –Mrs.Fields.com, PROMO code DINGO –NAS.org/DINGO –The Dispatch –National Review Jim Geraghty –National Review Editors’ Podcast –The Democrats’ diversity panic –Jim Geraghty on why Booker et al … Continue reading Episode 160: Pre-Christmas Geraghty →
Jonah is joined by The Dispatch reporter Declan Garvey to discuss his trip to President Trump’s rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania, reporting on Capitol Hill, the state of the Democratic primary, and their mutual love of The Mandalorian. Show Notes –The Dispatch –Declan Garvey –Battleground state polls –ZipRecruiter.com/dingo
Dispatch staffers David French and Sarah Isgur hijack the Remnant feed to debut their new podcast, Advisory Opinions, today focusing on the release of the Department of Justice Inspector General report.
Jonah’s former National Review colleague and current AEI colleague Ramesh Ponnuru joins the Remnant to suss out what in the impeachment morass and the conservative internecine wars he does and doesn’t find highly illogical. Plus, the accent contest gets a surprise late entry. Shownotes –The Dispatch –How you can now subscribe to The Dispatch -Door … Continue reading Episode 158: Blessed By Ramesh →
Jonah turns the tables on Reason magazine’s Nick Gillespie, interviewing him about the states of conservatism, libertarianism, and the Republican Party. Shownotes –The Dispatch –mrsfields.com/DINGO –Part one of this podcast –“Rocket Man” as interpreted by William Shatner –“Star Trekkin'” – The Firm –Nick Gillespie on the freedom of cities –“Stuck” – Ron Bailey –Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy – … Continue reading Episode 157: Making Gillespie Dizzy →
Dispatch staff writer Sarah Isgur joins the Remnant to discuss cookies, the Deep State, Peloton, and more. Shownotes –The Dispatch –mrsfields.com/DINGO –Sarah Isgur –Molly Jong-Fast in the Daily Beast –The Jessica Gavora episode –The Dan Crenshaw episode –Destiny of the Republic – Candice Millard –Is Administrative Law Unlawful – Charles Murray –By The People – Charles Murray
AEI scholar and National Affairs editor Yuval Levin joins Jonah for an extended, Thanksgiving-appropriate discussion of gratitude and community. Shownotes –Donorstrust.org/DINGO –The Dispatch –Yuval Levin –The first Yuval Levin episode, and second-ever episode –Chesterton on gratitude –Suicide of the West – Jonah Goldberg –On Thanksgiving –National Affairs – Daniel Burns –The Daniel Burns episode –The End … Continue reading Episode 155: A Very Yuval Thanksgiving →
Jonah brings national security guru Eli Lake onto the Remnant to spit hot fire on the rise of China, the Ukraine mess, Russian meddling, the “Deep State,” and more. Plus, the winner of the accent contest is revealed. Shownotes –The Dispatch –Sleepnumber.com/DINGO –Eli Lake –On NPR Monday morning –Wired on Crowdstrike –Liberal Fascism – Jonah Goldberg … Continue reading Episode 154: Eli Lake of Fire →
R Street Institute scholar Andy Smarick joins the Remnant to discuss Hayek, subsidiarity, post-liberalism, and more. And in the post-interview show, the Remnant Anglosphere accent contest enters a new stage. Shownotes –The Dispatch –meetcircle.com/DINGO, enter promo code DINGO –OTATrade.com/DINGO –Andy Smarick –Jean Yarbough’s review of the strikingly Teddy Rooseveltian book by a young Josh Hawley … Continue reading Episode 153: The Wild, the Innocent & the R Street Shuffle →
With the help of Daniel Burns of the University of Dallas, Jonah takes a break from punditry and tries to understand the ins and outs of the post-liberalism debate. Shownotes –The Dispatch –Ziprecruiter.org/DINGO –Earnest.com/DINGO -Door Dash app, promo code REMNANT –Daniel Burns –Daniel Burns in National Affairs –G-File on Daniel Burns –Suicide of the West – … Continue reading Episode 152: Among the Post-Liberals →
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, once a Navy Seal, joins the Remnant for a discussion of conservatism, persuasion, and how to move forward in this political moment. (This is a recording of a live event at Texas A&M.) Shownotes –The Dispatch –MrsFields.com/DINGO –Dan Crenshaw –The most recent Continetti episode –Suicide of the West – Jonah Goldberg –Dan Crenshaw … Continue reading Episode 151: Jawing with Crenshaw →
Now-AEI Fellow Matt Continetti returns to The Remnant for some high-minded philosophical discussion of conservatism and some low-minded chatting of the rank-punditry variety. Shownotes –The Dispatch –EthosLife.com/DINGO –OTATrade.com/DINGO –Matt Continetti’s first Remnant appearance –Sean Trende on the 2010s and the 1870s (and Niall Ferguson and Matt Continetti) –The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 – … Continue reading Episode 150: The Continetti Continuum →
Fox News Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt joins the show as our emergency salami for punditry about the 2019 off-year elections and the impeachment debacle. Shownotes –The Dispatch -Download the Door Dash app, use promo code REMNANT –OTATrade.com/DINGO –Chris Stirewalt –Jonah’s books
National Review editor Rich Lowry rejoins the Remnant to discuss–and debate–the virtues of nationalism, the subject of his new book, The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free. Shownotes –DonorsTrust.org/DINGO –The Case for Nationalism – Rich Lowry –National Review: Editors podcast –The last time Rich and Jonah debated nationalism –The Yoram Hazony … Continue reading Episode 148: Rich Lowry’s Case for Nationalism →
On a special Halloween episode, Jonah speculates on the deepest fears of some of the most prominent people in public life. Shownotes –The Dispatch –Ziprecruiter.com/DINGO –On Albert Jay Nock –Nock on himself –LA Times column from earlier this week –Washington Post fact-check on Joe Biden’s military history –The most recent David French episode –The gender-swapped … Continue reading Episode 147: Fear Is the Mind Killer →
AEI law-talker guy Adam White returns to the Remnant to try to make sense of Democrats’ attempt to impeach President Trump. Shownotes –The Dispatch –Adam White –Adam White’s last episode –Adam White and Stuart Taylor on presidential oversight –Adam White on House oversight at the beginning of the year –Adam White on the collision of … Continue reading Episode 146: Impeachy Keen Democrats →
Cato Institute ‘prosperity expert’ Marian Tupy joins the Remnant for a much-needed dose of economic optimism, enumerating the ways in which we are indisputably better off materially nowadays. He and Jonah also attempt to figure out why a sort of social malaise persists in the world despite this. Shownotes –The Dispatch –OTATrade.com/DINGO –Marian Tupy of … Continue reading Episode 145: Don’t Worry, Be Happy →
Now Senior Editor for The Dispatch, the (in)famous David French joins the Remnant to discuss the French-Ahmari wars, Trump’s impeachment, the Deep State, the flaws of Elizabeth Warren, Joker, and more. Shownotes –The Dispatch –Earnest.com/DINGO –David French responds to Sohrab Ahmari –The melee at CUA –Charles Kesler, David French, Sohrab Ahmari –What Is Conservatism? –Federalist … Continue reading Episode 144: The David French Experience →
AEI Middle East expert Ken Pollack rejoins the Remnant to attempt to make sense of Trump’s decision with the Kurds and other aspects of U.S. policy of late. Shownotes –Go to The Dispatch –The last Ken Pollack episode –Ken Pollack –LA Times column on Trump winging it –On the Trump cult of personality –Unthinkable – Ken … Continue reading Episode 143: How Trump Demurred on the Kurds →
A discursive Remnant sees Jonah muse on both the serious (Syria, impeachment), the whimsical (threats from aliens and kaiju, the inadequacy of Conan’s workout on the Wheel of Pain), and much in between, with the help of sidekick Jack. Shownotes – LA Times column on Syria –John Quincy Adams on (not) going abroad in search … Continue reading Episode 142: Searching For Monsters →
Jonah brings Mo Eleithee, the founding Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service and a former high-ranking employee for the Democratic National Committee, for a productive (!) and civil (!!) conversation between two reasonably disagreeing adults about politics (!!!). They discuss the 2020 Democratic primary, Trump’s re-election prospects, and how the … Continue reading Episode 141: The Big Mo →
Jonah invites Steve Hayes back onto the Remnant to unveil The Dispatch, their long-teased new venture, of which Jonah is the editor-in-chief and Steve is the CEO. They also discuss the unfolding Ukraine drama and the recent news about the Kurds. Shownotes –Behold, The Dispatch! –More about The Dispatch in Axios –The Simpsons on brunch –More … Continue reading Episode 140: Dispatched! →
Recovering from a cold and a madcap schedule, Jonah does a little punditry and a lot of storytelling. Shownotes –Untuckit.com, promo code DINGO –Earnest.com/DINGO –Winston Churchill has nothing to hide –Jonah’s Ukraine rant –The Silurian Hypothesis –How Biden’s connection to the Trump-Ukraine scandal could help him –The most recent Ben Sasse episode –The Mike Gallagher … Continue reading Episode 139: Story Time with Jonah →
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Green Bay Packers) returns to The Remnant for its longest ever one-part episode (we think), dedicated (almost) entirely to “half-baked” ideas, such as buying Greenland (which Gallagher proposed to Jonah last year, making him a Greenland hipster), nuking non-threatening asteroids for practice and deterrence, instituting congressional barracks, and more. Shownotes –Ziprecruiter.com/DINGO –The … Continue reading Episode 138: Greenland Hipsters →
Jonah attempts to outrace the news cycle by getting in his thoughts about the Ukraine-Trump-Biden-Whistleblower brouhaha, even as developments later in the day outpace a podcast recorded in the morning. Shownotes LA Times column on Trump and Ukraine Mocking Joe Biden, as early as 20011 Trump pressures Ukraine eight times – WSJ Ethoslife.com/DINGO The Ben … Continue reading Episode 137: Ukraine! →
Long-absent, and now foul-mouthed, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) returns to the Remnant to explain why Trump endorsed him, why he voted how he did on the wall, and why our media habits are destroying us. With a little bit of Corn Pop thrown in for good measure. Shownotes –Ben Sasse’s last appearance on the Remnant … Continue reading Episode 136: Censor the Senator →
Woman of many talents Mary Eberstadt joins the Remnant to discuss Primal Screams, her latest book, which advances a theory about the connection between family breakdown and the rise of modern identity politics. Shownotes -Download the Door Dash app, use promo code “REMNANT” –Suicide of the West – Jonah Goldberg –Primal Screams – Mary Eberstadt –Mary Eberstadt previews … Continue reading Episode 135: Primal Screams →
AEI adjunct fellow Lyman Stone returns to the Remnant, and to America, to discuss family formation, fertility, climate change, and more. Shownotes –The first Lyman Stone episode –The first Ilya Shapiro episode, followed by another appearance three weeks later –Lyman Stone at AEI -Lyman Stone’s congressional testimony –The Birth Dearth – Ben Wattenberg -Giving the game … Continue reading Episode 134: Like a Lyman Stone →
Commentary magazine senior writer Christine Rosen rejoins the Remnant to discuss Varsity Blues (the scandal), Big Tech, and more. Shownotes -Commentary podcast -Christine Rosen -Christine Rosen on the Meritocracy Blues -Christine Rosen on Felicity Huffman –The Noah Rothman episode –Preaching Eugenics – Christine Rosen -The first Bahnsen episode -The changing mores of the young -Biden should … Continue reading Episode 133: Christine Rosen Revival →
Ben Howe, author of The Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power Over Christian Values (and himself an Evangelical Christian), joins the Remnant to discuss his book, the Evangelical reaction to Trump, the past, present, and future of conservatism, and more. Shownotes –Ben Howe -And on Twitter, @BenHowe –The Immoral Majority – Ben Howe -Lance Wallnau on … Continue reading Episode 132: Trump and the Evangelicals →
National Review Online editor Charles Cooke rejoins the Remnant to discuss The Beatles, roller coasters, Brexit, the Second Amendment, and more. Shownotes -Charles Cooke -The previous Charles Cooke episodes (here, here, and here) –Florida man throws alligator through drive-through window -Charles Cooke on roller coasters -Charles Cooke on the Beatles (here and here) -The Niall … Continue reading Episode 131: A Political Roller Coaster →
Back in D.C., Jonah invites Iowan, AEI Fellow, and constitutional law expert Adam White to the Remnant to discuss originalism, separation of powers, and the Constitution (and to break a certain other constitutional law expert’s legal monopoly on the show). Shownotes -The Niall Ferguson episode -Adam White -Ilya Shapiro’s Remnant appearances: here, here, and here … Continue reading Episode 130: Iowa Law →
From sunny California, Jonah brings Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Niall Ferguson onto the Remnant to discuss how the West grew rich, the problems with contemporary historical scholarship, and other weighty issues. Shownotes -Sign up for the G-File -Niall Ferguson, Hoover Institution –A Farewell to Alms – Greg Clarke –Empire – Niall Ferguson –Suicide of the West – Jonah … Continue reading Episode 129: Basement History →
With Jonah off the grid, Jack takes over the show, with an assist from National Review senior political correspondent Jim Geraghty (or is it?), to discuss Trump primary challengers, the Democratic primary, the old people dominating our politics, the problem of mass shootings, and more. Shownotes Sign up for the G-File Follow us on Twitter … Continue reading Episode 128: Punditry with Geraghty →
In a special Remnant/GLoP almost crossover, Commentary magazine editor John Podhoretz rejoins the Remnant to discuss the Fredo controversy, Epstein’s suicide*, and more. Shownotes -John Podhoretz, today’s guest -This week’s first Remnant -What is a schmendrick? -Gilbert Gottfried’s podcast -Beware Lashon hara! -Conan O’Brien’s podcast -Bill Hader/Tom Cruise Deepfake -Radiolab on deepfakes -Download the DoorDash … Continue reading Episode 127: Who’s Fredo? →
With Jonah on the road, he and Jack discuss the Fredo contretemps, Epstein’s suicide* and the age of conspiracy theories, defend the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and more. -Download the DoorDash app, promo code REMNANT (not DINGO) -Ziprecruiter.com/Dingo –Government by Gunplay – Sidney Blumenthal -LA Times column about Jeffrey Epstein -Follow @jonahremnant on Twitter -Jonah and Rich Lowry’s … Continue reading Episode 126: Jeffrey Epstein and the Era of Conspiracy Theories →
AEI and Institute for Family Studies fellow Lyman Stone joins the Remnant to help make the case for expanding the House of Representatives, to discuss the self-identification of population groups, and to ponder Hong Kong’s future. Shownotes Get the G-File Lyman Stone Lyman Stone on Twitter On expanding the House Sean Trende on expanding the … Continue reading Episode 125: Expand the House of Representatives! →
Vox Senior Politics Reporter Jane Coaston joins the Remnant for a discussion of racism, conservatism, liberalism, and America. Shownotes Sign up for the G-File The G-File on “Racism and the Right” “A question for conservatives: what if the left was right about race?” – Jane Coaston “What if there really is no such thing as … Continue reading Episode 124: How To Think About Racism →
Steve Hayes, now officially Jonah’s business partner, returns from a yearlong residence in Spain to discuss what he’s been up to, what he and Jonah are working on, and why, exactly, the Democratic presidential candidates have (mostly) gone so far to the left. Shownotes Sign up for the G-File at Reagan35X.com Cheney – Steve Hayes The … Continue reading Episode 123: The Return of Steve Hayes →
Remnant regular and Cato Institute trade expert Scott Lincicome returns to the show for his periodic trade update, and to discuss whether the “national conservatism” assessment of trade is correct. Sign up for the G-File Remnant Episode 10: Afraid of Trade? – Scott Lincicome Remnant Episode 33: The Nacho Situation – Scott Lincicome Remnant Episode … Continue reading Episode 122: The Lincicome Ultimatum →
Manhattan Institute budget wonk Brian Riedl joins the Remnant for a long, wonky discussion of debt, deficits, taxation, and spending…all while trying to keep the amount of truly intimidating math at a minimum. Shownotes Sign up for the G-File “New Budget Deal Puts Final Nail in the Tea-Party Coffin” by Brian Riedl The Remnant episode … Continue reading Episode 121: Math! →
Politico chief political correspondent Tim Alberta joins the Remnant to discuss the behind-the-scenes machinations and the long-term implications of Trump’s securing the Republican presidential nomination–and then the presidency itself–in 2016, the subjects of his new book: American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump. Shownotes American … Continue reading Episode 120: American Carnage →
In the thrilling conclusion to the epic two-parter with historian David Pietrusza, Jonah and David confront the legacy of Woodrow Wilson, and engage in some Wilson-bashing. Shownotes Illiberal Reformers by Thomas Leonard Davis-Bacon Act Wilson’s 1911 sterilization law The Conservative Sensibility by George Will Leaders of Men by Woodrow Wilson “The New Freedom,” Woodrow Wilson … Continue reading Episode 119: Pietrusza Potpourri, Part Two: Wilson-Bashing →
Historian David Pietrusza, author of 1920: The Year of Six Presidents, joins the Remnant for part one of an epic tour through 20th century American history. This first episode focuses on the six(!?) presidents of 1920, and on related contemporary national and international history. All the while, a sinister figure lurks in the background, to be … Continue reading Episode 118: Pietrusza Potpourri, Part One: The Podcast of Six Presidents →
A.B. Stoddard, Real Clear Politics associate editor and columnist (and fellow Fox News panelist), joins the Remnant for an episode that manages to discuss the ins and outs of Congress and politics (without mentioning Paul Ryan because his return to the news cycle came after this podcast’s recording). Shownotes The Long Game podcast featuring A.B. … Continue reading Episode 117: The ABCs of Politics with A.B. →
Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle returns to the Remnant to discuss the controversy over women’s soccer, the stupidities of the modern Internet, and the virtues of owning a dog. Shownotes “Why the debate about equal pay for U.S. women’s soccer isn’t that clear cut” – Megan McArdle Forbes: The richest people in the world 2019 … Continue reading Episode 116: Megan McArdle vs. the Argle-Bargle →
Bahnsen Group founder and Crisis of Responsibility author David Bahnsen returns to the Remnant for a wide-ranging conversation on religion, finance, politics, and more. Shownotes The Bahnsen Group Crisis of Responsibility – David Bahnsen The last David Bahnsen episode Sign up for the new G-File Theonomy in Christian Ethics – Greg Bahnsen The 50th anniversary edition of … Continue reading Episode 115: The Bahnsen Barnburner →
The Remnant tries a new experiment that may be the beginning of a new era or a quickly-forgotten one-off: an audio recording of this week’s Goldberg File, the (in)famous weekly newsletter (in case you didn’t know). Shownotes -My latest column -Cultural appropriation is great –Kapotasana -America is getting less racist -A terrible person -Sign up … Continue reading Episode 114: The G-File? →
Cato Institute Constitutional Studies Director Ilya Shapiro–and dual U.S.-Canadian citizen–joins the Remnant for the second year of what we are hoping will become his annual Supreme Court end-of-term roundup. And he gets in some celebrations of Canada for an episode recorded on Canada Day. Shownotes Remnant Episode 44 with Ilya Shapiro Remnant Episode 47 with … Continue reading Episode 113: Straddling the 49th Parallel →
Thriller author Brad Thor joins the Remnant to discuss Backlash, his latest nailbiter, and to examine his creative process and engage in some trademark Remnant rank punditry. Shownotes Backlash by Brad Thor Congressman Riggleman and Bigfoot erotica Brad Thor’s inspiration for his first book James Foley and Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell The original cliffhanger Lone Survivor … Continue reading Episode 112: Thor’s Wrath →
Unstuck in time, Jonah and Jack resort to that most desperate measure of a beleaguered podcast: an AMA Q&A. Shownotes Jonah Goldberg C-SPAN interview with George Will BringFido.com Milton Himmelfarb Quote Kirsten Gillibrand on Abortion Deadwood Spoiler alert: not the dogs! “Revelations” –er, “Revelation” Tweet Papal Ninjas? Jonathan Last on “Frenchism” The Simpsons: Marge’s “Monkees” … Continue reading Episode 111: Unstuck in Time →
National Review senior writer Jim Geraghty earns the honor of being Jonah’s first former National Review colleague to join the Remnant, coming onto the show to discuss Between Two Scorpions, his new thriller, and for some slightly-less-rank punditry. Shownotes: Between Two Scorpions: A Dangerous Clique Novel, by Jim Geraghty The Weed Agency by Jim Geraghty … Continue reading Episode 110: Between Two Podcasts →
Jonah invites George Will, author of The Conservative Sensibility, onto the Remnant to discuss the book and how George Will helped make him into a pundit in the first place. Shownotes: On Albert Jay Nock Memoirs of a Superfluous Man – Albert Jay Nock Our Enemy, the State – Albert Jay Nock “Isaiah’s Job” – Albert … Continue reading Episode 109: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way →
Is everything the Boomers’ fault? Are Millennials actually the victims? Is Gen X the best generation? Jonah brings Wall Street Journal editorial board member and author of 'Theft of a Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole the Millennials’ Economic Future' Joe Sternberg onto The Remnant to answer these and other questions.
What happened to Illinois? Why is Chicago so corrupt? Who is Michael Madigan, and why do the answers to both questions involve him? Live from Chicago itself, Jonah attempts to answer these questions with the help of John Tillman, CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute.
Jonah and his majordomo go guestless for the first time in a while for some rank punditry on Bill Barr and the Democratic field, and for some pop culture punditry on Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones.
Do politicians write their own books? What was it like to play basketball against Sarah Palin? How much of a slob is Jonah Goldberg? Jessica Gavora, noted D.C.-area writer (and wife of Jonah Goldberg) appears on the 101st (?) episode of The Remnant to answer these and other pressing questions.
For the 100th (?) episode of The Remnant, Thomas Sowell, who needs no introduction, joins Jonah for a long conversation on discrimination, inequality, the uses and misuses of economics (all subjects covered in the new edition of Discrimination and Disparities, out now), and more.
What is “nationalism”? Does it need to be benign? Is there a conservative case for the Austro-Hungarian Empire? The latest episode of The Remnant is actually audio of a conversation between Jonah, Rich Lowry, and Jim Geraghty at the 2019 National Review Ideas Summit.
George Mason University economics professor Tyler Cowen rejoins The Remnant for a wide-ranging conversation on big business, liberty, capitalism, and more, inspired by his new book, 'Big Business: A Love Letter To An American Anti-Hero.'
Remnant sidekick Jack Butler executes a coup, taking over the show from Jonah to host an episode interviewing Cornell University classical historian Barry Strauss about ancient Rome, which he covers in his new book, Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine.
Should we worry about income inequality? Is life better for most people today or 100 years ago? Is Bruce Springsteen’s music any good? AEI economics scholar Michael Strain returns to The Remnant to answer these and other questions.
Outgoing AEI president Arthur Brooks steps out of legend and into The Remnant to discuss how to heal our politically divided nation, the subject of his new book, 'Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt.'
What’s this? A piece of Remnant apocrypha, long thought lost, has been recovered! Indeed: A conversation last November between Jonah and Rob Long on the last National Review cruise now sees the light of day.
What do Chevy Chase, Maryland and Oostburg, Wisconsin have in common? Why should you start a T-Ball team? Can dying towns come back to life? Washington Examiner commentary editor Tim Carney rejoins The Remnant to answer these and other questions raised by his new book: 'Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse.'
Miffed by losing his British accent monopoly on The Remnant, NationalReview.com editor Charles C.W. Cooke returns to the show to discuss Trump’s declaration of emergency, our decaying constitutional framework, accents, and more.
Was Karl Marx an anti-Semite? Are Jews money-worshippers? Does anyone even remember that Marx wrote an essay “On The Jewish Question”? Jonah is interviewed by Jonathan Silver of the Tikvah Fund for an episode of the Tikvah Podcast that we have cross-posted here.
Will Venezuela collapse? Will Maduro be overthrown? Is God Emperor of Dune the key to understanding American politics in 2019? Venezuela expert and AEI scholar Roger Noriega comes onto The Remnant to answer the first two questions, leaving Jonah and his Sancho Paza to attempt to answer the third by themselves.
Will Brexit actually happen? Why is England so weird? Why does America rock? Member of European Parliament (for now) and leading Brexiteer Daniel Hannan joins The Remnant to break Charles Cooke's British accent monopoly on the show and to answer these and other questions.
Noah Rothman, associate editor of Commentary, joins The Remnant for some light punditry and some heavy nerdery on the misuses of social justice, apropos his new book, 'Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America.'
Will Howard Schultz be president? Is Gen Z worse than Millennials? Who will win the 2020 Democratic nomination? Noted augur Kristen Soltis Anderson returns to The Remnant to answer these and other questions.
Jonah invites Washington Post editorial writer Charles Lane onto The Remnant to discuss how he defeated Darth Vader, why journalism is so terrible right now, what the 2020 Democratic field looks like, and more.
Can the working class be saved? Should we fight China’s trade war depredations? Will Jonah survive jet lag? Oren Cass, Manhattan Institute scholar and author of The Once and Future Worker, joins 2019’s first Remnant to answer these and other questions.
For the last Remnant of the year, Jonah makes a special trip to the offices of the Rosslyn Free Beacon for a little light rank punditry with Free Beacon editor-in-chief Matt Continetti, and some heavier pop culture discussion with Free Beacon executive editor Sonny Bunch.
Why is Jurassic Park unrealistic? Why was Woodrow Wilson so bad? Does it help Trump to appease his base and alienate everyone else? Jonah answers these questions, or at least attempts to, on the penultimate episode of The Remnant this year.
What is a Crusonia plant? Where did prosperity come from? Can Jonah get a laconic libertarian to digress? Tyler Cowen, George Mason University economics professor and author of 'Stubborn Attachments,' joins the Remnant to answer these and other questions.
Can Congress be fixed? Is Breaking Bad the greatest TV show of all time? Can we fix this nation’s problems by installing pull-up bars in every airport? Representative Mike Gallagher (R., Cheese) joins The Remnant to answer these and other pressing questions.
Is George Soros pure evil? Is nationalism? Why can’t Yale students use the term “master” anymore? Brookings Institution scholar and author of 'The End of Europe' James Kirchick stops by The Remnant just before Thanksgiving to answer these and other pressing questions.
In a bit of a change of pace for The Remnant, Jonah invites Manhattan Institute senior fellow and homelessness policy expert Stephen Eide onto the show to discuss what to do about the plight of the homeless.
Did Beto blow it? Will the Republican party survive Trump? Is Jonah dyspeptic? The 69th Remnant, with National Review senior political correspondent Jim Geraghty, attempts to answer these and other pressing questions.
For the last Remnant before the midterms, Jonah invites Senator Ben Sasse (R-Corn) back to the Remnant to discuss 'Them,' his new book about giant ants. Jonah also does some particularly pungent rank punditry.
Jonah invites National Review executive editor and author of the newly-released Melting Pot or Civil War onto The Remnant to discuss immigration, nationalism, solidarity, and his latent Bismarckian tendencies
Is nationalism good? Are nations better than empires? Is John Locke bad? In conversation with Yoram Hazony, author of 'The Virtue of Nationalism,' Jonah attempts to answer these and other questions on the latest Remnant.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of The Remnant, Jonah invites Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff on to discuss 'The Coddling of the American Mind.' And, in a Remnant first, there is a flashback to an earlier episode.
With Jonah still on the road, he has time only for some brief commentary on the Kavanaugh debacle. This episode is otherwise a recording of a conversation between Jonah and Charles Murray, author of 'Coming Apart,' on their respective oeuvres.
This week, Jonah Goldberg and Rob Long cross the streams between their co-hosted GLoP podcast (John Podhoretz is off this week) and The Remnant. They talk about Rob’s career in Hollywood, WhatAbout-ism, cross country traveling, and sure, a bit of monkeying around.
Does Trump have good character? Are digital assistants evil? Will Pippa ever get tired? In the midst of a journey across the country, Jonah takes time to answer these and other questions on the latest Remnant.
If you’ve ever wanted to publish a book, this Remnant is for you. If not, well . . . please still listen. This episode’s guest is Jonah’s literary agent Jay Mandel, of WME Entertainment, who divulges as many of the secrets of book publishing success as the podcast length and format allows.
With the dog days of summer emptying D.C., Jonah drags Matt Continetti, editor-in-chief of the Washington Free Beacon, back onto the Remnant for some rank punditry, some Trumpsplaining, and some conservative nerdery.
Is Saruman a Randian superman? Should Alex Jones be banned? Has Jonah ever made love in the back of a Model-T? New York Times columnist and National Review film critic Ross Douthat returns to The Remnant to answer (or ask!) these and other pressing questions (yes, really).
This week's episode avoids rank punditry and unapologetic eggheadery in pursuit of unadulterated nerdiness and pop culture thumbsuckery. For such a task, there's no better guest than the co-host of the Weekly Substandard podcast and executive editor of the Washington Free Beacon, Sonny Bunch. It's the crossover to end all crossovers. He and Jonah discuss Star Wars revisionism, the “Golden Age” of (too much) TV, Marvel vs. DC, and more.
Are Millenarians the worst? Is China poised to dominate the world? Was the 2008 financial crisis only the fault of Wall Street? David Bahnsen, author of 'Crisis of Responsibility' and National Review Institute trustee, joins The Remnant to answer these and other questions.
England-born newly-minted American citizen Charlie Cooke, editor of NationalReview.com, joins Jonah for the 50th episode of the Remnant. They have a merry time discussing why Charlie loves America, why he’s a conservatarian, what he thinks of Brexit, and whether it’s necessary to pledge fealty to President Trump. Jonah also forces him to read some words that Brits can’t pronounce correctly.
No one joins Jonah for the latest Remnant, which he compensates for by being extra discursive and dyspeptic about the news (Supreme Court, Democrat overreaction) and pop culture (Ocean’s 8, Incredibles 2) of the day.
Jonah invites Cato Institute legal scholar Ilya Shapiro back on to The Remnant for some rank legal punditry: a rundown of the cases the Supreme Court decided this term and speculation about what happens to the Court now that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring.
Political strategist, erstwhile academic, and friend of NR Luke Thompson joins The Remnant for a discursive discussion of the fine art of campaign consulting, the ins and outs of U.S. history, and the future of the Republican Party.
This week’s Remnant reunites Jonah with his fellow goatee-sporting journalist Steve Hayes, the editor-in-chief of the Weekly Standard. Jonah tries to keep the chicken wings and cheese curds away from Steve long enough for them to talk about the state of the Republican Party, Charles Krauthammer, and . . . fraternity pledging?
Can the president pardon himself? Are cakes free speech? What is the tonnage clause? Jonah invites Ilya Shapiro, Cato Institute senior fellow in constitutional studies, onto the Remnant to answer these and other legal questions.
Enjoying a brief respite from his book tour, Jonah takes time to memorialize his larger-than-life father-in-law, address critics of Suicide of the West (buy now!), and engage in some rank punditry on Mueller, China, and North Korea.
The second half of Jonah’s conversation with Hoover Institution Fellow and Econtalk podcast host Russ Roberts moves away from the abstract and the philosophical and more into the contemporary and the political. Jonah and Russ also search for something on which they might disagree.
When is a podcast too long? Should we hate pragmatism? Are economists a guild? Jonah invites Russ Roberts, Hoover Institution fellow and host of the Econtalk podcast, to attempt to answer these and other questions, in the first part of their conversation.
Can liberals understand conservatives? Is civil society decaying? Is staging a fake assassination attempt on yourself a good way to win reelection? Washington Examiner commentary editor Tim Carney rejoins the Remnant to answer these and other questions.
With a lot of drama unfolding these days in the Korea peninsula, Jonah invites AEI scholar and North Korea expert Nicholas Eberstadt to help make sense of North Korea, the Kim family, President Trump’s new approach to the problem, and more.
Jonah finds time in the midst of his whirlwind book tour for a special New York episode of the Remnant with National Review senior contributor Michael Brendan Dougherty. They have a wide-ranging discussion on ethnic pride, nationalism and patriotism, Ireland, and more.
In the latest Remnant, Washington Examiner commentary editor Tim Carney joins Jonah to discuss the headlines of the day (the Cohen raid, Syria, the 2018 midterms) and to do a deeper dive on the nature of crony capitalism.
The latest Remnant invites New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, author of the newly-released To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism, to discuss Pope Francis and state of the Catholic Church.
Returning from exile, and just back from a trip abroad, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) rejoins The Remnant for a wildly discursive episode on cybersecurity, congressional dysfunction, populism, and cryptozoology.
Because the Rothschilds prevented a high-minded podcast with Ross Douthat (rescheduled) Jonah ventures back into rankest of rank punditry with National Review senior political correspondent Jim Geraghty. The tastefully dressed Geraghty helps navigate the tricky terrain of Cambridge Analytica, Stormy Daniels, the 2018 midterms, and more.
Past Remnant guests Charles Murray and Steve Hayward join Jonah for an unprecedented recording of the Remnant with a live studio audience. They discuss their own lives and take questions from an audience of young people seeking direction about their futures.
In another trial run at a special All Rank Punditry edition of the Remnant, Jonah and his Sancho Panza tackle the Windmills in the news this week, from Hillary’s gaffe, Tillerson’s defenestration and the augurs of PA-18.
* Childhood’s End, the book mentioned as describing a child’s psychic exploration of the universe.
* An explanation of the Kwisatz Haderach, a prophesied child in the Dune universe.
* My latest anti-Hillary rant in response to Hillary’s latest anti-voter rant.
* The New Yorker story mentioned about the two Russian brothers who tried to calculate the digits of Pi.
* The Human Progress data on the percentage of people in nations around the world who are willing to live next to neighbors of a different race.
* The Andy McCarthy episode
* My latest appearance on Fox News.
* My first article on Bill Clinton, published three months before Jack was born (go to page 6).
In the latest Remnant, Weekly Standard managing editor Christine Rosen lends her varied expertise to a far-ranging discussion on eugenics, Hollywood, the “Me Too” movement, the future of capitalism, and more.