Punditry, By the Book

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This weekend’s Ruminant features Jonah running through a set of possible scenarios that might play out given President Trump’s COVID diagnosis – if we do say so ourselves, it’s a positively David French-like methodology given the approach to David’s new book (Out now!). Will Trump be able to do a Zoom debate? Will Mike Pence have the opportunity to do more than he currently does (which, as of now, seems to be standing completely still in a pensive silence like a sculpture of a Roman general)?

Then, Jonah discusses the current partisan tendency for “both the right and the left [to] weaponized norms,” chastising opponents for hypocrisy while refusing to adopt responsibility for their own flubs that damage the constitutional order. He explores the ways in which this manifests in both the nationalism debates as well as the current SCOTUS mess, and how the more intellectually serious proponents of nationalism can’t seem to decide whether they actually like to play by the rules or make things up as they go. All of this is followed up by a veritable potpourri of quick hits: Inside baseball on how syndicated column publishing works, how dumb the tax code is, steaks, dogma, and more.

Show Notes:

-30-day trial at The Dispatch

-This week’s G-File

-Just in case you were wondering about how the Swiss executive branch works, since it comes up here rather often

-Trump’s battleground state polls are… not great

-The Dispatch Podcast on the debate

-“Facts have a liberal bias”

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Episode 268 · 1 month ago

A Song of Two Generations


Co-founder of Echelon Insights, Golden Retriever companion, and professional Tea Leaf-Reader Kristen Soltis Anderson breaks a long hiatus from Remnant appearances by returning to the show today. As conventional wisdom on the right settles into the idea that “the polls were wrong in 2016,” Kristen gives us a bit of a reality check on why the conditions in 2020 aren’t that simple. She also talks about her newest research on the attitudes of young voters, with some surprising results. For one, young people aren’t nearly as pessimistic as you may have been led to believe: “Two-thirds of Gen Z and Millenials believe that they can achieve the American Dream … through their own actions.”

Show Notes:

-Sign up for The Dispatch’s “What’s Next” event

-Kristen’s latest research for the Walton Family Foundation

- KSA’s Twitter thread on how emotion continues to infiltrate election analysis

-FiveThirtyEight’s politics podcast

-Pew: Younger people remained far less likely to [view the Vietnam War as a mistake] than those age 50 and older.

-Grand New Party, by Reihan Salam and Ross Douthat

-Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/Dingo

-DonorsTrust.org/Dingo to receive a free copy of “6 Reasons to Use a Donor-Advised Fund”

Episode 267 · 1 month ago

Empathizing Past the Graveyard

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

Episode 266 · 1 month ago

Rutabaga Unicorn

Here we are, in the wreckage of another simply wonderful Supreme Court confirmation hearing; who better to discuss the aftermath, next steps, and what these hearings do to the court than Ilya Shapiro? As Jonah says, Ilya is likely “the guest most consistently asked to make a comeback - mostly by the guest himself,” but it’s easy to see why. In addition to giving the 411 on why these hearings have transformed into so much “senatorial bloviation,” he also can talk about the bigger picture as a result of the research he did for his incredibly timely new book on the politicization of SCOTUS. It has been a long time coming for this return - and much like Ulysses’ journey back from Troy, it was worth the wait.

Show Notes:

-Ilya’s book, Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America's Highest Court

- Ilya in USA Today: End confirmation hearings

-Telefon, mind control scene

-Pete Buttigieg’s 5-5-5 Plan

-Barrett: Roe is not a super-precedent

-Barrett’s article on precedent

-Ginsburg’s history with Roe

-The history of an internecine fight on the right about judicial activism

-Ilya Shapiro on “Team Liberty”

- Shapiro on Shapiro

-Lucy.co, promo code DINGO for 20% off all products

-Bradleyfdn.org/Liberty to hear Trent England on the Electoral College

Episode 265 · 1 month ago

Blue Pill or Red Pill

Today, we bring you Will Saletan of Slate – after having struggled mightily against the malevolent whims of technology in order to get it ready. Not since Episode 11 has an installment of The Remnant so risked the sanity – nay, the very essence – of all participants involved. Luckily, the conversation more than makes up for these struggles. Jonah asks Will what it’s like to be a genuinely liberal guy in an industry space that has moved largely past actual liberalism, and then Will turns the tables on Jonah and asks him what it’s like to be genuinely conservative in an era of dwindling conservatism. Afterwards, stick around for SCOTUS punditry and what could be described as a worrying amount of Hegel-talk (for awareness: a worrying amount of Hegel-talk is any Hegel-talk).

Show Notes:

-Will’s page at Slate

-New River Media

-Dallas retcons itself

-Candidate Trump reacts to the crowd while announcing travel ban

-“The 5-5-5 Plan”

-“What I Learned From Amy Coney Barrett,” by Laura Wolk

-Fukuyama’s piece on social capital

-LiquidIV.com, use promo code DINGO at checkout for 25% off anything you order

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