The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg
The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg
The Dispatch
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.
Remnant D’être
The days of the 2012 GOP “autopsy” are long behind us. Listen as Jonah ruminates on the struggles of protecting serious conservatism at a time of supreme unreflectiveness among many adherents of the movement as to how it has been led astray. Jonah also expresses his optimism at the revitalized raison d’être of The Dispatch in a post-Trump America. Additionally, Jonah even previews a forthcoming idea that could be of supreme interest to The Remnant’s nerdier factions: “I owe it to readers to do a deep dive… into what Liberal Fascism has to say” about the revanchist populism of the Trumpian right.   Show Notes: -     Take our podcast survey  -      This week’s G-File -      The minimum wage and eugenics -      Why are they calling all of Antifa “Biden voters”? -      Hunter Baker’s article -      Newt Gingrich, with another asinine thing -      “Not my president?” -      The Wednesday “news”letter -      The Remnant with Mo Elleithee See for privacy information.
Jan 23
1 hr 5 min
Jack Gets Back
Join Jonah and special guest Jack Butler, his former research assistant for the tricentennial episode. It’s the best of both worlds as the program recalls its greatest hits (conspiracies about the Soviets, Bigfoot Erotica, The Episode that Shall Not be Named, and, of course, Jokes at Jack’s expense) while also breaking into new territory. The guys talk about the conflict between college Republicans who got into politics just to be edgy versus the more thoughtful millenials and Zoomers who actually hold convictions, and about how “for the first time in more than four years, conservative politics do not have to flow through the person of Donald Trump.”   Show Notes:  -    Take our podcast survey -      Jack’s page at NR -      The Remnant with Joseph Uscinski (or, as Jack said in an interesting instance of spoonerism, “Douglas Urbanski”) -      Lost Cosmonauts -      Werner Herzog being vaguely horrified by Grizzly Man audio -      Bigfoot Erotica: Origin Stories -      “The Swamp: An affectionate farewell” -      The “Uncomfortable Learning” program at Williams College has a strange history -      Jack’s profound disappointment with Madison Cawthorn -      Jack ponders the possibilities of Amazon’s show in Middle-Earth -      Dan McLaughlin on what comes after Trump -      Zhou Enlai on the French Revolution: “Toon soon to tell” -      Community: Nick Cage, good or bad? See for privacy information.
Jan 22
1 hr 16 min
Mo Unity, Mo Problems
In an exercise of “dealing with liberalism’s best arguments,” Jonah plays host to returning guest Mo Elleithee, a Democratic political strategist. They talk about the first day of the Biden administration and many of the coming political realignments. Would Democrats relish the thought of a “Patriot Party” rising up in opposition to the GOP, or would they reel in horror? Are Americans cautiously optimistic about the incoming administration’s “unity” message, and if so, are they right to be? And in a shocking turn of events, every House Democrat must now bow before the Lord Regent of West Virginia, Joe Manchin.   Show Notes: -Take our podcast survey -Mo Elleithee - Georgetown University -George W. Bush’s first inaugural address -Trump’s “Patriot Party” -Liz Cheney vs. the House GOP -Chip Roy’s House speech on impeachment -NYT: “Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police” -The January 2021 Civility Poll See for privacy information.
Jan 21
1 hr 9 min
Scarcity of Lacrimosity
On this weekend’s Ruminant, Jonah discusses how the essence of conservatism in all its variety has been distilled down to a single oversimplistic metric: The more one likes Trump, and the more libs one owns, the more conservative one is assumed to be. “If you agree with Donald Trump, you’re a conservative, and if you defend Trump at all costs, you’re a good conservative.” Jonah then talks about how the larger panoply of conservative ideas is not only more interesting, but more practical for achieving realistic goals in our politics. There’s also a healthy smattering of theology, dog-talk, and Buckley stories throughout.   Show Notes: -      Take our podcast survey -      This week’s Remnant with Yuval -      This week’s G-File -      DeSantis puts his kid in a MAGA onesie -      Varieties of Conservatism in America -      Varieties of Progressivism in America -      Advisory Opinions talks about incitement standards -      Pew polls attitudes about election results -      This week’s Remnant with Keith Whittington -      Last weekend’s Ruminant -      Jonah combat’s J. V. Last’s dog-suspicion See for privacy information.
Jan 16
1 hr 1 min
Yuval Got Some Explaining to Do
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 See for privacy information.
Jan 15
1 hr 7 min
The Whittington Standard
What is to be made of the concerns – practical or philosophical – about a second impeachment of Donald Trump? Keith Whittington of Princeton returns to The Remnant to encourage us not to take such concerns too rigidly. Since, as we got used to hearing, impeachment is a political process and not a legal remedy, the ability to get through an impeachment quickly – say, before January 20 – is “purely a matter of political will.” In addition to digging into some founding-period legal nerdiness (the original Constitution of Virginia says what?), Jonah also asks Whittington about the standards of impeachment, what the process might look like given the specifics of what happened at the Capitol on the January 6, and also asks him to address concerns, such as the idea that an impeachment would be an infringement on Trump’s free speech rights: “There’s a difference between what a private citizen can say and what someone like the president of the United States should say.”   Show Notes: -      Take our podcast survey -      Keith’s most recent book -      Jonah’s Los Angeles Times column -      “Look at him, he’s wearing a belt!” -      Listen to Advisory Opinions, home of latches -      David French: The conservative legal movement is actually looking pretty good -      Byron York interviews Michael Luttig -      The original Virginia Constitution said, “The Governor, when he is out of office, … shall be impeachable by the House of Delegates.” -      Einstein’s friend finding a dictatorship loophole -      John Turturro as Bernie Bernbaum   See for privacy information.
Jan 12
1 hr 23 min
Ten-Foot Snowflakes
On today’s Ruminant, Jonah takes care to push through the natural inclination to simply, well, be appalled at this past Wednesday’s “events” on Capitol Hill, and manages to talk about both the lead-up to them and their ramifications. He talks about how the rioters display all of the soul-sickness that conservatives normally only talk about in regard to far-left activists, and that while conservatives are quick to point out the failures to establish genuine communities with positive outcomes in peoples’ lives within progressive politics, “we very rarely say that these are problems for conservatives too.” This week, Jonah also closes with a personal rumination on the most important little platoon of all: the family.   Show Notes: -This week’s G-File - Jonah and Brit’s disagreement -Josh Blackman: Can Trump be impeached for incitement? -Ramen Noodle Guy -The Ol’ Number Six -Tucker provides a useless panacea to listeners -Tim Carney: “Trump was something to believe in” -“When God is invisible behind the world, the contents of the world will become new gods” -Alienated America -Bubba McDonald See for privacy information.
Jan 9
1 hr 9 min
Murray, Madison, and the Moderate Middle
As The Remnant kicks back into gear, we figured it would be best to let Jonah make his trek back to D.C. and instead treat you to a secret artifact from a few days after the election. This is a conversation between Jonah and AEI emeritus scholar Charles Murray on the state of libertarianism and liberalism (both of the “small-l” variants) in the aftermath of November 2020. Murray explains why he’s pessimistic, while he and Jonah also extol the virtues of a Madisonian system, and upon reflection, they both relish in being on the right side of the debate that character is indeed destiny in the political realm: “The idea that the United States can continue to be … exceptional without character being a leading principle is ridiculous—it can’t happen.”   Show Notes: -Fusionism -John Adams: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” -Eric Voegelin on how lapses into fanaticism occur -Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 -Misreading Adam Smith -Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention See for privacy information.
Jan 5
57 min
Runza Of Unusual Size
What does Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse think about the results of the 2020 election? The answer might come as a surprise: Even though the Democrats took the White House, on balance, Ben thinks the election proves that “We are a center-right nation, and even if people don’t have a philosophical embrace of limited government, [that idea] has a broad, functional embrace.” During this talk—originally part of The Dispatch’s post-election program What’s Next: Election 2020 and Beyond – Jonah asks Ben about how responsible Americans might stop our national politics from being run by political addicts, as well as asking him what he thinks about the assertion that he went through a “quiet period” in his Trump criticism, and addressing his controversial connections to Big Runza (Nebraska’s finest delicacy™).   Show Notes: -“Straight-shooter” Ben Sasse wins re-election -The Hidden Tribes of America -Many Republicans are sure that the election was stolen -Kate McKinnon’s bizarrely accurate Rudy Giuliani -Jonah’s column on Trump loyalism -There’s a horse in the hospital -I Love Lucy’s ratings domination See for privacy information.
Dec 22, 2020
1 hr 2 min
Ruminating by Remote
As we close in on the end of the year, Jonah’s rumination proves to be a pretty sizable roundup of all the news that has been fit to print throughout the week. In addition to discussing attempts to relitigate the series of unfortunate events surrounding Jeffrey Toobin, the inaccuracy of our current Cold War metaphors in regards to China, and the ongoing conflict over wealth inequality, Jonah also finds the time to dip into several classically nerdy topics. Such subjects include the accidental genius of bad Kung Fu movies, how They Live isn’t nearly as Marxist as the academy would have you believe (and the fact that they try to prove that it is “just helps to prove how dumb Marxism is”), and how David French’s taste in films has made Jonah a nihilist.   Show Notes: -This week’s G-File -Fatman -Caddyshack … II? -The fight scene in They Live -Kurt Thomas in Gymkata -Jonah: Farce as Tragedy -Adorno: “Thus one no longer learns to close a door softly, discreetly and yet firmly. Those of autos and frigidaires have to be slammed.” -The origin of the “alien visitor” thought experiment -A chin-stroking (so to speak) piece on Jeffrey Toobin -Pleasantville -This week’s Remnant with Matt Continetti -Jonah’s “New Cold War” column -This week’s Remnant with Scott Winship -The success sequence -Remnant Episode 100 with Thomas Sowell See for privacy information.
Dec 19, 2020
1 hr 12 min
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