We’ve made it to 600, and in spite of the seemingly never-ending buffet of bad news that got our hosts talking in the first place, we manage to have a good time. Our first guest is Noah Rothman, whose latest book, The Rise of the New Puritans: Fighting Back Against Progressives’ War on Fun, takes a deep dive into the fanatics out to break up our good time.

Then Toby Young (host of Ricochet’s very own London Calling podcast) jumps on to talk about the fall of his old friend Boris Johnson. Was it his personality or his policies that drove him out of 10 Downing? And what’s next for Britain’s Conservative party?

Of course the guys talk about podcast’s latest milestone, but they also talk inflation, plus cheeseburgers and French fries!

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  1. DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) Coolidge
    DonG (CAGW is a Hoax)
    @DonG

    Ricochet Audio Network: takes a deep dive into the fanatics out to break up our good time.

    It is not about anti-fun, these Leftists are in a Maoist cult.   They must enthusiastically scold all those not in the cult.  They were masks to prove their adherence to the cult. 

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  2. Bishop Wash Member
    Bishop Wash
    @BishopWash

    Peter asks how the country could elect Biden. 

    They didn’t but both parties were okay with getting rid of Trump so it wasn’t fought. The truth is coming out but we’re told to stop dwelling on the past. Time to accept the next Bush Republican. 

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  3. Richard O'Shea Coolidge
    Richard O'Shea
    @RichardOShea

    600? No party? C’mon man…..

    This should have been live somewhere……

     

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  4. Bishop Wash Member
    Bishop Wash
    @BishopWash

    Richard O'Shea (View Comment):

    600? No party? C’mon man…..

    This should have been live somewhere……

     

    I think there was a plan but the Lefty’s lawfare ate into the party funds. 

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  5. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    We didn’t even get cover art on this episode.  We’ll just have to pull one out from the archive.

    Or maybe this one.

    Oh heck, let’s go for three.

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  6. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    No, you didn’t get art. I am dropping off the boy at the USMMA.

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  7. Nick Plosser Coolidge
    Nick Plosser
    @NickP

    Congrats on #600 gents! 

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  8. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49
    @RushBabe49

    I watched the whole thing.  Did anyone else?  And I saw something I have never before seen on any Zoom meeting.

    One of the guests vaping on camera.  Personally, I think that was in extremely bad taste.

    I could listen to Lileks all day long.  And I totally empathize with the weather in Minneapolis.  99 degrees and 99% humidity is no fun.  It’s especially bad if you live on the second floor of an old house with no air conditioning, like I did in 1972 and 1973 in grad school.

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  9. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):
    One of the guests vaping on camera.  Personally, I think that was in extremely bad taste.

    I cannot possibly exaggerate how much I can’t relate to this.

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  10. db25db Lincoln
    db25db
    @db25db

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    I watched the whole thing. Did anyone else? And I saw something I have never before seen on any Zoom meeting.

    One of the guests vaping on camera. Personally, I think that was in extremely bad taste.

    I could listen to Lileks all day long. And I totally empathize with the weather in Minneapolis. 99 degrees and 99% humidity is no fun. It’s especially bad if you live on the second floor of an old house with no air conditioning, like I did in 1972 and 1973 in grad school.

    There’s no set of pipes that compare to James.  Combined with his Thesaurus of a mind listening to him is like drinking a milkshake at the end of a hot summer day

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  11. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    James is clearly in the wrong state, in Arizona I could eat-in at Arby’s and other places even before I moved away, 2 years ago.

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  12. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    James, why did you insist on continuing to say “a” hamburger, instead of “one” hamburger?

    Or maybe “uno” would have worked…

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  13. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Sam Neill, not O’Neill.

    He was pretty weird in “Event Horizon.”

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  14. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    “Lemon curry?”

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  15. Bishop Wash Member
    Bishop Wash
    @BishopWash

    kedavis (View Comment):

    James, why did you insist on continuing to say “a” hamburger, instead of “one” hamburger?

    Or maybe “uno” would have worked…

    Or ‘uh’ instead of ‘eh’.

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  16. Cosmik Phred Member
    Cosmik Phred
    @CosmikPhred

    kedavis (View Comment):

    James, why did you insist on continuing to say “a” hamburger, instead of “one” hamburger?

    Or maybe “uno” would have worked…

    I used to delight in seeing restaurant workers turn into Star Trek’s Norman from “I,Mudd” when my dad would order “a couple” of anything.

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  17. James Lileks Contributor
    James Lileks
    @jameslileks

    kedavis (View Comment):

    “Lemon curry?”

    Exactly.

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  18. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    Act 5 Rob? Have your read the play? Caeser does not die in act 5.

     

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  19. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    Peter, real college football fills stadiums. 

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  20. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    “Lemon curry?”

    Exactly.

    And he did that longer bit too, found in the episode “Blood, Devastation, Death, War, And Horror” starting at about 23:45.  (But of course it’s best to watch it all from the start.)

     

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  21. Jay Tuck Coolidge
    Jay Tuck
    @JayTuck

    The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment was scoffed at early on. It’s a fantastic book.

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  22. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    db25db (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    I watched the whole thing. Did anyone else? And I saw something I have never before seen on any Zoom meeting.

    One of the guests vaping on camera. Personally, I think that was in extremely bad taste.

    I could listen to Lileks all day long. And I totally empathize with the weather in Minneapolis. 99 degrees and 99% humidity is no fun. It’s especially bad if you live on the second floor of an old house with no air conditioning, like I did in 1972 and 1973 in grad school.

    There’s no set of pipes that compare to James. Combined with his Thesaurus of a mind listening to him is like drinking a milkshake at the end of a hot summer day

    You should have dinner with him.  We did one night on a National Review cruise.  The man is a genius, and knows more things than you can imagine.  We were blown away . . .

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  23. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    Boris Johnson didn’t govern as a conservative?

    Maybe he faced the same problem as House Speaker Paul Ryan in 2018, trying to hold on to marginal (read:  not very conservative) districts.

    True, Johnson did not need to face the voters every two years, but I’m sure he felt the Conservative supermajority in Parliament was a feather in his cap.

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  24. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    There’s no use having an 80-seat majority in the House if you’re not going to govern like you have it. 

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  25. Charlotte Member
    Charlotte
    @Charlotte

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    I watched the whole thing.  Did anyone else?  And I saw something I have never before seen on any Zoom meeting.

    One of the guests vaping on camera.  Personally, I think that was in extremely bad taste.

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  26. Fresch Fisch Member
    Fresch Fisch
    @FreschFisch

    James, you only need to go to the other side of the river and go to The Nook or Shamrocks in St Paul.  They are owned by the same company. They were one of the top burgers on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.

    They cut their potatoes the night before, then soak them in a water/vinegar solution over night. These are 100% the best French Fries ever. Do die for. 

    @jameslileks

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  27. Richard O'Shea Coolidge
    Richard O'Shea
    @RichardOShea

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):
    One of the guests vaping on camera.  Personally, I think that was in extremely bad taste

    If it was that bubblegum flavor, you are correct. 

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  28. Andrew Inactive
    Andrew
    @user_478927

    Noah’s thesis is a mess. He’s an effete cosmopolitan pundit with the presuppositions of a coastal elitist (elitist, not elite). “Puritans are bad, mmkay.” Other than founding the country, what have they done for us lately?! 

    Also, Noah is attacking the Left for attacking many of the legitimate pathologies of our society. What’s the position of our dear Ricochet hosts? Are they supportive of the status quo of sexual mores the new radical Left is attacking? Is binge drinking and hook up culture good? Was the sexual Revolution good? If not, stop throwing the baby out with the bath water.

    My point is: conservative Christian theology is both good and a necessary prerequisite for a free society. “Smearing” the new Left as “Puritans” is both factually inaccurate and politically stupid. It’s a short sighted ploy to make the Left unpopular by paying into the notion that Puritans are bad. Of course, I would expect nothing less from Noah, who seems to believe American history began in 1945.

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