After describing the inner workings of a longstanding lunch among his friends that has become an institution unto itself and envisioning what his ideal “no rules” podcast might be like, Jonah asks the fundamental political question of our moment: What’s the matter with Texas? Jonah talks about how the state’s election lawsuit has released another swathe of intellectual dishonesty among right-wing tastemakers, as well as the “Kraken Caucus” (or is it the Kraken Kaukus?) more generally, and how the Constitution endorses trial by combat for picking elector slates (well, kind of). This is followed by a rumination on “corruption” in both its classical and modern sense, the updated Hunter Biden story (and the reaction to it), and how imprecise language mars our debates about censorship: “We use ‘censorship’ to mean both a government action as well as the exercise of editorial judgment that we don’t like.”

 

Show Notes:

GLoP: Origin Stories

This week’s Remnant with Reihan Salam

Martin Shkreli, DBOY

This week’s G-File

The Duke brothers

“One in quadrillion”

Burke’s “Speech to the Electors of Bristol”

The Five Thousand Year Leap

Happy Safe Harbor Day

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  1. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    Texas didnt sue the other states to change their election laws. Texas sued to make the states run their election in accordance with the laws that already exist. Clearly they did not. IF Texas does not have standing to sue, who does?

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  2. DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone Coolidge
    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone
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    Ricochet Audio Network: This week’s G-File

    . . . is a load of garbage. 

    “Fish don’t know they’re wet, and people who soak in media that just tells them what they want to hear don’t know they’re being duped.”

    The ironic thing is that Jonah doesn’t realize he’s the fish.

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  3. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge
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    This might be the perfect “Things that annoy me about Jonah” podcast unfortunately

    1. Purity test Jonah- yes, everyone in media and politics is not as conservatively pure as Jonah, Ben Sasse and David French.
    2. “Even when I’m wrong, I’m right” Jonah- I mean, sure the media buried the Hunter Biden story, and Jonah scolded us for wanting someone to cover it, but he never said it wasn’t true, just that he didn’t trust Bannon and Giuliani and that Bobuluski “strained credulity” and has earlier said there’s no proof of shady dealings between Hunter and the Ukraine. But he never doubted the story he just asked if we *REALLY* believed it. Not to be confused with “It was still a good idea” Jonah about not confirming ACB until after the election, when he would have then told us we didn’t have the right to confirm her
    3.  “Here’s a great idea that only works in a think tank” Jonah: Yes, Jonah, conservatives should not give up on cities that are decades of one party rule mostly due to public sector unions that you can’t touch who have gotten wealthy off of one party rule and vice versa. Yes Kevin Williamson who lives in west podunk Texas and hates people says we should be doing more in the cities. Yes, Jonah Goldberg who hates political tribalism and doesn’t care about our pithy elections wants other people to do the work while he gets paid for his thoughts being subsidized by venture capital. As a conservative who lives in Los Angeles, I chalk this argument up with “needing more conservatives in the arts” as if a bunch haven’t tried and get weeded out if they ever out themselves. 

    I should stop listening but I think I’ve fallen in love with the Frank Grimes routine and I really like his guests.

     

     

     

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  4. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    I thought that it was a great podcast. Also, at the very beginning, Jonah gave fair notice that he would be venting his spleen about Trump and the Texas Trash Lawsuit, so if you stayed on, that’s on you.

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  5. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge
    Jeff Hawkins
    @JeffHawkins

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I thought that it was a great podcast. Also, at the very beginning, Jonah gave fair notice that he would be venting his spleen about Trump and the Texas Trash Lawsuit, so if you stayed on, that’s on you.

    And yet, none of those 3 things I brought up had anything to do with those.

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  6. DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone Coolidge
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    Another fish heard from.

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  7. kedavis Member
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    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone (View Comment):

    Ricochet Audio Network: This week’s G-File

    . . . is a load of garbage.

    “Fish don’t know they’re wet, and people who soak in media that just tells them what they want to hear don’t know they’re being duped.”

    The ironic thing is that Jonah doesn’t realize he’s the fish.

    That does seem to be the essence of Jonah’s situation these days. And of course, part of being the fish is not realizing that you’re the fish!

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  8. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Ricochet Audio Network: Jonah asks the fundamental political question of our moment: What’s the matter with Texas?

    That one is easy. As far as Jonah is concerned, the problem with Texas is that Texas doesn’t agree with Jonah. Such insolence, eh Jonah?

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  9. kedavis Member
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    @kedavis

    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone (View Comment):

    Another fish heard from.

    Zing!

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