On his second Remnant appearance, National Review’s Kevin Williamson travels down a series of tangent-friendly avenues with Jonah. What are statue-defacers actually accomplishing? Why are Americans “a bunch of maniacs” compared to our continental comrades? And what is Kevin’s obsession with Switzerland all about, anyway?

Show Notes:

Kevin’s upcoming book, Big White Ghetto

Kevin’s smash-hit, The Smallest Minority

Kevin’s aptly-titled Tuesday newsletter, “The Tuesday”

Houston Rockets manager tweets in support of Hong Kong protests

China is now sterilizing Uyghurs

U. Topia

The genuine wackiness of Richard Delgado

The Helvetica Type

Stein’s Law

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  1. Franz Drumlin Member

    Okay, I realize I am revealing my pop culture ignorance but from where does the opening “Can you dig it?” credit come? Movie? TV show?

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  2. WilliamDean Coolidge

    Franz Drumlin (View Comment):

    Okay, I realize I am revealing my pop culture ignorance but from where does the opening “Can you dig it?” credit come? Movie? TV show?

    “The Warriors,” a cult film from 1979 filmed about gangs in a near-future dystopian NYC.

    It’s loosely based on Anabasis by Xenophon, with a protagonist gang framed for the death of the city’s most powerful and charismatic gang leader, who was attempting to ally all the gangs into one force that could challenge the existing authority in the city. Starting in the North Bronx, the gang must make their way back to safety on their home turf in Coney Island, hunted all the way by the other gangs.

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  3. Franz Drumlin Member

    WilliamDean (View Comment):

    “The Warriors,” a cult film from 1979 filmed about gangs in a near-future dystopian NYC.

    Hmm . . . wonder why Mr. Goldberg chose that clip to start his podcast . . .

     

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    • July 1, 2020, at 5:08 AM PDT
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  4. Kephalithos Member

    Ohio is great, Kevin — much better than the modernist hellhole swamp which is Florida.

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    • July 1, 2020, at 12:50 PM PDT
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  5. dicentra Member
    dicentra Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    No wonder Kevin finds the statue-destruction boring: he’s detached from the fate of this country, having written it off while he decamps to Switzerland.

    SYMBOLISM MATTERS. The Jefferson Memorial enshrines not the man but the Declaration of Independence. The Lincoln Memorial enshrines not the man but the Emancipation Proclamation. 

    The project of the Left is to decouple us from our past because the past constrains their power. They want the Constitution and the Bill of Rights gone, gone, gone. If you tear down Jefferson statues because he owned slaves, you’re setting the predicate for denouncing his words. The whole point of the 1619 project is to say that the entirety of the Founding is wicked, and so it must be torn out root and branch, so that a Marxist utopia can be installed in its place.

    Our youth have been primed to cheer the removal of the Founding. They believe they’re extirpating racism, when really they’re extirpating liberty.

    We just lost Hong Kong. Let’s not go down that same path.

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    • July 1, 2020, at 4:07 PM PDT
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  6. Bishop Wash Member

    Franz Drumlin (View Comment):

    WilliamDean (View Comment):

    “The Warriors,” a cult film from 1979 filmed about gangs in a near-future dystopian NYC.

    Hmm . . . wonder why Mr. Goldberg chose that clip to start his podcast . . .

     

    “The Warriors” is probably in Mr. Goldberg’s list of top five favorite movies. He references it quite a bit so I’m sure it came to mind as he worked on a new introduction.

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    • July 2, 2020, at 7:54 AM PDT
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  7. kylez Member
    kylez Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    What did Kevin say Ohio is filled with?

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    • July 2, 2020, at 10:41 PM PDT
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  8. kedavis Member

    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    Franz Drumlin (View Comment):

    WilliamDean (View Comment):

    “The Warriors,” a cult film from 1979 filmed about gangs in a near-future dystopian NYC.

    Hmm . . . wonder why Mr. Goldberg chose that clip to start his podcast . . .

     

    “The Warriors” is probably in Mr. Goldberg’s list of top five favorite movies. He references it quite a bit so I’m sure it came to mind as he worked on a new introduction.

    If people sometimes imagine that their favorite movie somehow tells the story of how they imagine their own life, I can easily believe Jonah sees himself as the star of some kind of “The Warriors” in his own head.

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    • July 3, 2020, at 12:48 AM PDT
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