Empathizing Past the Graveyard

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This weekend’s Ruminant sees Jonah starting off in some classic Remnant Bingo™, but peppered in with a healthy dose of interesting new information on those topics – in this case, anti-Enlightenment nationalism, and the establishment of fair rules under classically liberal societies. This comes along in addition to a rundown of the ham-fisted efforts by many outlets to pretend that “originalism” is actually something much more radical and antediluvian than it really is. Then, Jonah moves on to a topic that our culture could desperately use some clarification on: “Justice” and “social justice” are two different things – and “bending the will of every institution towards social justice … is how you end up with a kind of soft totalitarianism.” And, in this particularly relaxed-fit episode, we even get some rank punditry on the tail end on subjects like the censored New York Post story and much more.

Show Notes:

-Get your tickets now to The Dispatch’s “What’s Next” event

-The most recent G-File

-Against Empathy by Paul Bloom

-Mazie Hirono being weird

-Making fun of originalism to own the cons

-Rod Dreher’s new book, Live Not by Lies

-Rod responds to his Morning Joe appearance

-The Post story in question

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

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Episode 259 · 1 month ago

Intravenous Gin Drip

Join Jonah on today’s episode of The Remnant with our first-time guest: CBS’s John Dickerson. The subjects included in John’s latest book, The Hardest Job in the World, will allow you to get a fix of incredible nerdiness about presidential history in equal proportion to your daily recommended dosage of rank punditry. Why is it that we’ve made the presidency, in John’s words “essentially an impossible job”? Another shock: Many of the parts of presidential decorum that we consider par for the course are actually pretty ahistorical, and John makes the case that this weird, patristic view of the presidency in which the Executive has to appear in person at every important going-on throughout the country actually erodes some of the prudential, quiet, considered principles meant to undergird the job. Oh, and there’s some mutual Wilson-bashing in store as well, which is always a bonus.

Show Notes:

-John’s book, The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency

-Franklin’s final speech at the Constitutional Convention

-Theodore Roosevelt and “scientific management”

-FDR flying into Chicago to accept the nomination in person

-Bill Bennett’s Book of Virtues

-Ancestry.com/Remnant to discover your story

-Harrys.com/Dingo to receive your free trial offer today

Episode 258 · 1 month ago

Style, Substance, and The Stage

Jonah’s longtime friend Tevi Troy makes his second appearance on the program, this time to discuss not only the history of presidential debates, but also to share some info on how the sausage gets made from his time doing debate prep for George W. Bush. Beyond simply recounting some of the best zingers in the history of these debates (“The youth and inexperience of my opponent…” “You’re no Jack Kennedy.”), they discuss the degree to which these moments are actually staged, and how the pretzel-like overcomplicated logic of certain debate preppers actually contribute to their candidate looking pretty silly on national TV. Keeping this history in mind, Tevi also talks about what he’ll be looking for in the upcoming debates (both campaigns should be taking notes, honestly), and happily discovers that he has reached “Vin Cannato Equilibrium” in the canon of the REU (Remnant Extended Universe).

Show Notes:

-30-day free trial at The Dispatch

-Tevi’s latest book, Fight House

-George H. W. Bush looks at his watch

-“Conservatism as a Second Language”

-Intra-American migration due to COVID

-Quayle/Gore debate highlight

-Bush headchecks Gore

-Biden decides to be, uh, pugilistic towards Paul Ryan

Episode 257 · 1 month ago

Leeroy Jenkins at Fort Sumter

Fellow Dispatcher David French returns to the program on the publishing date of his new book, Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation. If you’ve looked around at American politics over the last few years, and you’ve started to view the coastal states and the middle of the country as a bickering couple – wondering, “Why don’t they just break up already? – David’s book is for you. Jonah asks David to outline some of the scenarios by which a fracturing of the republic could happen, and works through the ways that America’s spirit could be successfully restored – all while avoiding an Articles of Confederation-style mess in which the country’s regions become too individually weak to do anything. Join for this enlightening discussion, and stick around until the end for characteristic rankness on Tenet, Amazon’s The Boys, and the mighty Dune.

Show Notes:

-David’s book, Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation

-Don’t forget to take advantage of our 30 day free trial of The Dispatch

-Jonah’s piece on Supreme Court deal-making

-David’s piece on the same topic

-Cass Sunstein: “The Law of Group Polarization”

-Is Barack Obama the Messiah?

Episode 256 · 1 month ago

Deadheads, Fishfreaks, and Federalism

Just as there are different Enlightenments, there are different nationalisms, too. In both cases, it’s important to see what points they all converge on. On this edition of the Ruminant, Jonah walks through the ways in which we’ve seen this all before – even in spite of how strange this moment feels. Confucius says: “Enjoy your weekend!”

Show Notes:

-30-day free trial at The Dispatch

-The latest G-File

-Rectification of the Names

-David’s soon-to-be-out book, Divided We Fall

-HumanProgress.org

-Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You Will Find Interesting

-Brazil’s direct democracy

-Fichte’s Address to the German Nation