On today’s program, Jonah chats with an old friend who will definitely NOT polarize the Remnant audience whatsoever (If we wish hard enough then it has to come true, right?): National Review’s Kevin Williamson. Williamson is out with a new book, Big White Ghetto. Jonah sets up Kevin for a heaping helping of rank punditry to start things off before moving into some book-talk and some eggheadery. In addition to Jonah’s efforts to make Kevin explicate his self-described political ideology (“anarcho-capitalist Eisenhower libertarian”), the two also discuss the ways in which America’s titular big white ghetto actually, well, became a ghetto, and what the solutions might be for the people who feel trapped in struggling communities. In Kevin’s mind, part of the issue is that no one in politics is comfortable saying something that is obviously true: “Cities and towns disaggregate and disincorporate over time, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. But this is also why I’m not running for office.”

 

Show Notes:

Kevin’s new book, definitely in the running for “Greatest Subtitle Ever” – Big White Ghetto: Dead Broke, Stone-Cold Stupid, and High on Rage in the Dank Woolly Wilds of the “Real America”

Karl Rove: This election won’t be overturned

Gangsters don’t have a retirement plan

Conrad Black’s column

Dee Dee Myers appearing generally confused

Jonah’s piece on Republicans and cities

Kevin, reporting from Eastern Kentucky

The most recent Dispatch Podcast

Eisenhower’s response to the prospect of dropping nukes on Dien Bien Phu

The glories of Taco Villa

The Remnant with John McWhorter

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  1. kedavis Member
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    It becomes less and less tolerable to listen to two guys who sit around and read and write for a living, describe someone who might have 4 rallies in a single day as “lazy.”

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  2. kedavis Member
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    And Kevin Williamson asserts that Trump was only popular because of his persona/facade, and ideas or policies had nothing to do with it.

    Right.

    Like the left used to claim that Hillarycare or Obamacare would have sailed right through without opposition if either had been proposed by a white male.

    Where do these guys get their so-called “ideas?”

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  3. kedavis Member
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    Jonah may be right that first-generation immigrants/refugees from socialism/communism support more conservative ideals. But their children don’t seem to share that.

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