Bring Out the Butcher Paper

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Could Bigfoot Erotica influence the election? Fan-favorite Chris Stirewalt of Fox News says, “It’s a possibility.” (BIG IF TRUE) No, but really, Jonah wanted to have Chris back on The Remnant to cut through the vast amount of statistical noise being generated in the run-up to the election. With some polls suggesting a Biden landslide, other polls predicting a closer-than-expected outcome, and yet still more organizations suggesting a legion of silent-assassin-Republicans, waiting in the wings to shock the pollsters once again, Stirewalt clarifies these contradictory auguries with a brevity and hilarity rarely found in the mucky world of punditry. While the haruspicy might make for a very unhygienic office space, Stirewalt gets the job done, and that’s why we trust his expertise.

Show Notes:

-Get tickets to The Dispatch’s post-election event, “What’s Next: Election 2020 and Beyond”

-Follow Chris’s work at Fox News

-Vote SMOD 2020

-Muhlenberg College’s state polling for PA

-John Zogby

-Paul, proud octopus and FIFA Diviner

-Ron Johnson’s business background

-The Partisan Vote Index

-Perino & Stirewalt: I’ll Tell You What

-Harrys.com/DINGO to receive a Harry’s Trial Set

-TommyJohn.com/REMNANT to save 15% on your first order

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Episode 276 · 3 weeks ago

Conspiracies All the Way Down

On this weekend’s Ruminant, Jonah asks why we have to make American politics even more difficult than they already are. Why is it that, in an election that reveals Americans’ contested preferences so obviously, that we have to continue to turn up the heat by piling on additional conspiracy theories about the rigging of the election? Maybe, as Jonah thinks, this simply reveals a series of “deeply unpatriotic commitments” among our political and commentariat classes. He makes his way to greener pastures by talking about our glorious canine companions, and by addressing some of the supposedly highfalutin concerns of those on the right looking to out-think the market in our populist moment.

Show Notes:

-Get tickets to The Dispatch’s event, “What’s Next: Election 2020 and Beyond”

-Chris Stirewalt, rightfully serene as always

-Gingrich: "You Are Watching An Effort To Steal The Presidency Of The United States"

- The Remnant with Razib

-The Remnant with Jim Geraghty

-Hayek’s “The Use of Knowledge in Society”

Episode 275 · 3 weeks ago

Venting One’s Spleen

At a moment where punditry can feel relatively grim – mostly due to the feeling of instability resulting from this endless election – Jonah wanted to have on someone who was capable of a different variety of punditry. Who fits the bill better for a political commentary of “pluckish optimism” than National Review’s Jim Geraghty, who displayed his infinite humility by choosing not to wear his brand new “Remnant 10-Timer” Championship Belt on the Zoom call? Jim gives his analysis regarding many of the questions that will remain for conservatives after the election is decided: Whither goes the GOP? (A “multi-ethnic, working class, populist party?) What is the correct story to tell about Latino voters and Trump? (And why is the mainstream media adopting the most racist interpretation of this situation rather than the most accurate?) And, most importantly, is Mar-a-Lago Trump’s Elba, or his St. Helena?

Show Notes:

-Jim’s page at National Review

-Josh Hawley’s retweet of Adrian Vermeule

-“Two moon parties”

-Chris Arnade’s Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America

-William Rusher, who often said that politicians will always disappoint you

-Wednesday’s “news”letter

-McConnell and Biden are, like, basically friends, guys

Episode 274 · 3 weeks ago

Canine Update

On this momentous day, in which the very nature of American politics may be defined anew for the foreseeable future, Jonah wanted to have on Razib Khan, director of science at Insitome, to talk about the most relevant, up-to-the-minute, topical subject so that, in this consciousness-shifting moment, we may be able to hold on for dear life and come up with a coherent worldview amidst the chaos. That subject, you ask? Dog genetics. How did Man’s Best Friend become such a highly variegated species – some big, some small, some smart, others dumb, and on and on with countless other variables? Razib fills us in on the state of research into canine development over the last 10,000 years, why the regional variations between lineages of dog are so distinct, and how the new frontiers of this genetic research seek to address “how these animals became what they are, and how they evolved alongside humans in response to environmental pressures.” We also get to hear Razib voice what may be the most controversial statement of our political era: “Wolves are smarter than dogs.” Tune in to hear Razib defend this heretical stance.

Show Notes:

-Razib’s freshly-minted newsletter

-Get tickets for The Dispatch’s event, “What’s Next: Election 2020 and Beyond”

-Razib in Quillette: “The Evolutionary History of Man’s Best Friend”

-The Remnant with Cass Sunstein

-Eusocial animals

-The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove the Neanderthals to Extinction

-Przewalski’s Horse

-Origins and genetic legacy of prehistoric dogs

-NYT writeup of the Science magazine article

-Ancestry’s German-turned-Irish guy

-Border Collie intelligence

Episode 273 · 4 weeks ago

Fully Gruntled

Seeing that there’s literally one story in the news right now (AN ELECTION IS HAPPENING SOON), Jonah decided to use his time on this weekend’s Ruminant to touch on some topics adjacent to the election, but also to incorporate some more evergreen topics into the mix. For example, there’s a discussion of the eternal return of the “get money out of politics” argument – and why Jonah thinks the argument is pointless in a world where the biggest benefit a candidate can get is a hysterical cycle of earned media – an unpopular defense of the slow, ungraceful politics of Mitch McConnell, equally unpopular opinions (at least in some quarters of the right) on the Biden scandal, and most importantly, why “your meatloaf is, like, 5,000 years old.”

Show Notes:

-Get tickets to The Dispatch’s post-election event, “What’s Next: Election 2020 and Beyond”

-This week’s G-File

-The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

-Charles Cook: Don’t expect a contested election

-The Wednesday “news”letter from this week

-“I’m not a witch, I’m you!”

-McConnell’s 1998 opinion on campaign finance reform

-How Innovation Works, by Matt Ridley

-It’s a mistake for Republicans to leave cities out of their coalition

-A forum of Europeans talking about how their ghettos are in the suburbs

-Jonah’s column, inspired by Ten Global Trends

-ExpressVPN.com/Remnant to get 3 months free off a year-long plan

-Bradleyfdn.org/Liberty to listen to Andrew McCarthy on the latest episode of We the People