Conspiracies All the Way Down

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

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”

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Episode 244 · 5 months ago

Twirling Towards Freedom

Have no fear, dear listener: while Jonah is still radio silent as he swan-dives in slow-mo off of waterfalls (or something), The Remnant hasn’t forgotten you. David French returns to guest host this episode with return favorite Ramesh Ponnuru from National Review and AEI. There’s the requisite Kamala Harris talk, but also deeper questions about ideology and the “Burn It Down” debates.

Show Notes:

-Ramesh’s page at NR 

-Henry Olsen: Kamala changes nothing 

-Kevin Williamson summarizes the “Burn It Down” debates 

-The inside baseball of Trump’s teleprompter troubles 

-Ramesh on why the Republicans need to keep working-class voters 

-“Always twirling towards freedom” 

Episode 243 · 5 months ago

Talking Left, Walking Right

Throwing recent rank punditry onto the back burner, Jonah speaks with his AEI colleague and UVA Professor Brad Wilcox, whose memory for statistics crashed over us in a refreshing wave of sheer competency. Tune in for a discussion of marriage, the concept of “family diversity,” and the three things Brad would do if he suddenly became Czar of America.

Show Notes:

-Brad’s page at AEI 

-Nicholas Christakis’ most recent book 

-Kevin E. Stuart on his baseball studies 

-Most NBA players grew up in a two-parent household 

-Brad Wilcox on elites not preaching what they practice 

-Ross Douthat on, among other things, liberalism’s method of undercutting the married-parent household 

-Some of Brad’s work on marriage vs. cohabitation 

-The Disparate Effects of Family Structure 

Episode 242 · 5 months ago

Mellifluous and Euphonious Ramblings

Jonah stops to ruminate on the pathway between two menacingly-named locales—Snake River and Death Canyon (no Cliffs of Insanity, though). The topics today: why the mainstreaming of “white” identity is a genuinely awful idea, why being pro-Israel might cause you to get punched at synagogue, how progressives have adopted some of the worst parts of the European right, and much more.

Show Notes:

-How to punch a shark 

-Virginia Dare, and the disappearance of the Roanoke colonists 

-The Omni-Americans by Albert Murray 

-Joseph de Maistre’s feelings on “man” 

-Jerry Falwell Jr.’s, uh, “Fall” 

-President Reagan, Mastermind 

-Jonah’s heresiarchal opinion on chicken thighs 

-Buckley’s line, “Cancel your own [G-D-] subscription” 

Episode 241 · 5 months ago

Jane Galt and Me Part II

Today, we present the second part of Jonah’s conversation with Washington Post opinion columnist Megan McArdle. The punditry was just too rank, so their conversation became a two-episode-long saga. In addition to some COVID punditry, some women’s issues, and some libertoid-speak, they also reminisce on their shared old stomping ground, New York City, and how it has changed.

Show Notes:

-Susan Hennessey calling out people who say Kamala Harris is too ambitious 

-Megan on Stephanie Cutter for the Daily Beast 

-Truly terrifying GDP numbers 

-Vin Cannato’s book, which Megan loves 

-Gabi.com/Remnant to see how much you can save on your insurance 

-Bradleyfdn.org/Liberty to watch Conceived in Liberty weekly