Jonah the Globetrotter has once again scattered to the four winds, temporarily leaving The Remnant once more in the capable hands of David French. Today, David speaks with his good friend Yascha Mounk, contributor to The Atlantic and founder of Persuasion. Mounk talks us through the current conditions within mainstream media outlets and how those institutions have the opportunity to lower the temperature of American discourse now that Trump is leaving office. David also talks about how a Biden administration might be expected to behave, and Yascha mentions that much of the conventional wisdom about the presidential election results are not only misguided, but that they often “underestimate the intelligence of the American people.”

 

Show Notes:

David’s newsletter, The French Press

Yascha’s new publication, Persuasion

David Shor’s 2020 postmortem

The earliest mention of “nutpicking” that the Remnant crew could find

Jonathan Haidt’s Heterodox Academy

“Beirut on the Charles”

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  1. TerryS Member
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    More Trump hatred from people who define themselves by their Trump hatred.

    French and Mounk discuss the possibility of Trump being prosecuted for terrible crimes (which are not identified), but are hesitant because such a prosecution might be seen as “political.”

    Just about spit up my coffee when French derided Trump backers as believing that because the polls were wrong about a blue wave, Biden stole the election. French & Jonah spent a significant number of podcast hours in October assuring their listeners that the polls were correct, and that there would be a “blue wave.”

    There really is nothing to be learned from this podcast. No new ideas are explored, no new arguments are presented.

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  2. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge
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    David also talks about how a Biden administration might be expected to behave

    Politely expanding abortion.

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  3. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Constant Sorrow Coolidge
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    TerryS (View Comment):

    There really is nothing to be learned from this podcast. No new ideas are explored, no new arguments are presented.

    This description applies so many podcasts. All these pundits are useless as tits on a bull. 

    But David French may be the worst of them all. I mean, Bill Kristol is terrible, but at least he doesn’t try to coat it in piety and use Christianity as a cudgel against the deplorables.

     

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  4. TerryS Member
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    @DrewInWisconsin

    I think that David French looks at Trump and thinks “That man is a bigger sinner than I am.”

    Maybe it is a Baptist thing.

     

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  5. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Constant Sorrow Coolidge
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    David French looks at all of us that way.

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  6. Bishop Wash Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):

    TerryS (View Comment):

    There really is nothing to be learned from this podcast. No new ideas are explored, no new arguments are presented.

    This description applies so many podcasts. All these pundits are useless as tits on a bull.

    They’re worse. Many years ago a friend took issue with that saying, we said boar though. He said male nipples contribute genetic information to female offspring so they do serve a purpose. I guess French and Goldberg might serve a purpose, a warning to conservatives. 

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  7. Bishop Wash Member
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    TerryS (View Comment):

    @drewinwisconsin

    I think that David French looks at Trump and thinks “That man is a bigger sinner than I am.”

    Maybe it is a Baptist thing.

     

    French lives out Luke 18:11 every day.

    The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. Luke 18:11 ESV https://my.bible.com/bible/59/LUK.18.11.ESV

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  8. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge
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    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    TerryS (View Comment):

    @drewinwisconsin

    I think that David French looks at Trump and thinks “That man is a bigger sinner than I am.”

    Maybe it is a Baptist thing.

     

    French lives out Luke 18:11 every day.

    The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. Luke 18:11 ESV https://my.bible.com/bible/59/LUK.18.11.ESV

    His most consistent criticism is that we don’t have the higher ground on cheating on one’s spouse like we did with Clinton. 

    To my knowledge Trump hasn’t cheated on Melania in the White House. But David did sleep with Bathsheba while still king

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  9. Andrew Member
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    TerryS (View Comment):

    @DrewInWisconsin

    I think that David French looks at Trump and thinks “That man is a bigger sinner than I am.”

    Maybe it is a Baptist thing.

     

    I am a Baptist (most accurately Reformed Baptist). It is not a Baptist thing.

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  10. Architectus Coolidge
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    Ricochet Audio Network: Mounk talks us through the current conditions within mainstream media outlets and how those institutions have the opportunity to lower the temperature of American discourse now that Trump is leaving office.

    Wait… The MSM doesn’t have the “opportunity” to “lower the temperature” while Trump is president? Did I miss the commandment that the MSM must act like screaming fools and traitors at all times during his presidency? Or maybe he means that they must act that way during all Republican presidencies, but can now relax having completed their destructive mission? What idiocy.

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