Empathizing Past the Graveyard

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

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 247 · 2 months ago

It’s Kinda Feudal

While it may be the middle of the week, there’s no law against Jonah recording Ruminant-style (i.e. alone) – at least not yet. He discusses the RNC – and invents the fun tongue-twister, “Ceaușescu-esque,” while doing so – the “Biden is a vessel for radicals” theory, and the economically confused obsession with Jeff Bezos.

Show Notes:

-Kimberly Guilfoyle’s speech is pretty meme-y 

-Jonah’s spat with Erielle Davidson 

-Remnant veteran Jim Pethokoukis talking about why Jeff Bezos is unironically great 

-China’s post-Soviet “Princelings” 

-Milton Friedman explains why you shouldn’t get to take inherited money away from children 

-Jonah on Marx’s antisemitism 

-Why Nations Fail 

-Bradleyfdn.org/Liberty for weekly new episodes 

-DrinkHydrant.org/Dingo for 25% off your first order 

Episode 246 · 2 months ago

Back in the Saddle

Jonah makes a triumphant return to the Remnant on this episode, where he finally has a stable enough connection to record after a saga of perambulations around America’s western half. Jonah and Nick - his fearful amanuensis - discuss Alaska, the awkwardness of America’s largest political party holding a Zoom convention, and the potential for two actual crazy people to become elected officials within the GOP.

Show Notes:

-Jonah’s glacial ice chunk 

-“The Green Room,” within Hell’s Canyon 

-Row Adventures, for the brave vacationers among the audience 

-CarShield.com, use promo code Dingo to save 10% 

-Bradleyfdn.org/Liberty to watch Conceived in Liberty with Mitch Daniels 

-ExpressVPN.com/Remnant for an extra 3 months 

Episode 245 · 2 months ago

The Evening Jolt

Remnant Hall-of-Famer Jim Geraghty joins the show with the continually-put-upon David French, who is heroically guest-hosting as Jonah continues to galavant around in the land of [REDACTED]. On COVID, Jim gets to reminisce a little about the early weeks of reporting on the pandemic while also updating us. The guys then move on to the election, the “convention” (if you can call it that), and Best Spanish Language Heist Show of 2020 - a category with shockingly little competition.

Show Notes:

-Jim’s Morning Jolt 

-California vs. New York in the pandemic times 

-Alan Grayson is a strange man 

-Why are so many people dying of COVID in Belgium? 

-The treason of epidemiologists 

-The Postmaster General’s statement 

-Does Trump want to lose? 

-Money Heist 

-ExpressVPN.com/Remnant for 3 months free off a year plan 

-Keeps.com/Dingo to receive your first month of treatment for free 

Episode 244 · 2 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”