Tag: Jonah Goldberg

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In Jonah Goldberg’s latest G-File, he continues his dispute with Rich Lowry over comments made by Mr Lowry, Charles Cooke, Ian Tuttle, and Michael Dougherty in “The Editor’s” podcast (other installments of the discussion can be found here, here, here, and here). I won’t rehash all the back-and-forth, but the core question under discussion is […]

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Mollie Hemingway and Jonah Goldberg on Special Report

 

The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway and National Review’s Jonah Goldberg, both friends of Ricochet, disagreed last night on Special Report over President Trump’s tweets. They discussed Trump’s May 12 tweet, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Mollie said, “James Comey had already been leaking to the New York Times, and he’d been presenting stories as if he was some hero of the conversations he had with Trump. That tweet actually got James Comey to admit that he did three times tell Donald Trump that he wasn’t under investigation. It got him to admit he had said Mike Flynn was a good guy when he was asked about it by the president. And it did get him to also admit that he had pledged his honest loyalty to Donald Trump, which was contrary to what he had said to the New York Times the day before that tweet.”

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The “Calexit” referendum campaign has died in infancy after its leader decided to become a Russian citizen. The terminology is confusing. This proposed 2018 state ballot referendum, which Nigel Farage supported, would divide California along cultural lines into two smaller states. There is a separate campaign for California to leave the U.S. altogether called Yes […]

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I don’t read or listen to Jonah Goldberg podcasts, but I heard him on the radio this morning. He was on “Morning Edition” (yes, I listen to NPR). He was on an “analysis” segment about the story of Russian Hackers and the way they “hacked” our presidential election to help Donald J. Trump win the […]

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This trilogy of posts began because of a comment made by Jonah Goldberg, who said that choosing between the leading canidates was like choosing between Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger. It did seem rather parsimonious to limit ourselves to those two candidates, so I decided to add other monsters and killers to the mix. The […]

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I was tiring of Hannity long before he became a 24/7 tool for Trump. My eyes uncontrollably roll every time he claims he’s conservative and his overuse of “literally,” his faux attempt at “jes’ bein’ oneah USE guys,” is more than I can stomach. Anyhow, Hannity decided to do some mad yipping in Jonah Goldberg (aka […]

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I’ve written on the politics of science recently, starting from one of Feynman’s letters, which includes an appeal to humanism against democratic crassness. He identifies the Renaissance as the origin of humanism & points out that since then, the most enduring popular speeches–poetry–have been either the enemy of science or at best indifferent to science, even […]

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Jonah Goldberg: Big in Iran!

 

IMG_3045During my recent trips to Iran, I bought some books, because they’re the very best kind of souvenir. My favorite one, by far, is The Encyclopedia of Jews and Zionism, which I found at Tehran’s museum of torture. As you can see from the middle foldout, it features a list of powerful Jews (since lists of Jews always lead to good things). It’s fascinating to see, first, who made the cut (the Renegade Jew is among them), and second, that they have no idea what shabbos goy means, but still feel confident enough to throw that term around.

Oh, and yes: Sometimes, when they suspect someone might be gay, they just slap the word “homo” across his face.

Obviously, this is a gem, but I would suggest Mr. Goldberg send an updated picture to the regime of the Islamic Republic, as this one does not do him justice:

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Before NeoCon became a slur meaning war-mongering Jew it referred to a group of classic liberals. Most of them were Jews, and they were anti-Totalitarians who thought NeoMarxists had taken over the Democratic party. They became Republicans, and never looked back. Until now. The leftist caricature of the Republican party is now the nominee. Mr. Trump is the embodiment of unapologetic toxic-masculinity. […]

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A Response to Jonah Goldberg on His Mistaken Claim of My Pauline Conversions on the Road to a Trump Presidency

 

TrumpMy friend Jonah Goldberg has written a column entitled “Conservative Purists Are Capitulating with Support of Trump.” In this piece, Jonah goes after me and Stephen Moore for allegedly giving up our free-market principles for what he calls “purely consequentialist reasons.” I am not sure of the full meaning of this phrase, but it sounds like we’ve changed our beliefs because Trump is the leading candidate in the GOP presidential race.

Jonah is an old and valued friend, and I respect and admire him enormously. In fact, I wish I could write as well as he does — even when he comes after me. But I want to set the record straight on a number of points where I think Jonah gets it wrong.

First, Steve Moore and I continue to oppose Donald Trump’s trade policies. Even if his 45 percent tariff threat on China is simply a negotiating card, as Trump told me in recent interviews, we still think that’s the wrong way to go.

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Do you have fifteen minutes? Listen to this interview: This is what it takes to make me speak up for as opposed to against Mr. Jonah Goldberg, until recently a star in the intellectual firmament of recent American conservatism. He lays out his case against talk-radio-at-its-best for its connivance in the rise of Mr. Trump. Mr. Bennett, I believe, […]

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The other day, I started publishing some notes on the way to think about fascism. You have there an insistence on the theoretical origins & orientation of radical politics that you might not often see. At any rate, I offer it as a corrective of the kind of scholarship that has led people to say things like, […]

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Save or Kill – Ricochet Edition

 

save or killThis past weekend, I did a pop-culture post based on a game Collider uses on its website called “Save or Kill.” The premise is that you are presented with two icons, both threatened with being wiped from existence forever, and must choose which of the two to save; you cannot save both. The game works best when you really love both icons, so it becomes a real Sophie’s Choice.

That first post didn’t get as many responses as I’d hoped — though my thanks to those who did participate, and there’s still time to jump in! — so I’m tailoring the game in this post with options better-suited to the interests of the Ricochetti.

So, read the list of the choices below and — in the comments — post which of the two icons you’d save for each of the ten choices. There’s no obligation to explain your reasoning, but I think it’ll be more fun with it. The criteria you use for judging is entirely up to you: you can do this based exclusively on personal preference, or on which option you feel is more important to society. Also, if you’re not familiar with both options in a scenario, feel free to abstain from that particular scenario.

The Heart of Trump

 

Trump CarI’ve resisted writing about the Donald. The sheer absurdity of the man seems to make commentary pointless. Even Jonah Goldberg, who mixed it up with Trump last week over “pants-gate“, has a sort of weary regret in dealing with his badly coiffed arch-nemesis. The absurdity is heightened when you consider the quality of the Republican field in 2016. The GOP has some remarkable bench strength, a sharp contrast to the warmed-over leftovers being passed off by the Democrats.

Compare 2016 with any election cycle in recent memory and you’re spoiled for choice: Jindal, Walker, Perry, Rubio, Cruz and Bush are all very plausible candidates for the presidency. You may have your favorite — I have a certain fondness for Senator Rubio — but each are basically conservatives candidates that the party can rally around. Jeb Bush does have the establishment smell about him, to say nothing of that family name, but see him in a clear and unobstructed light and yes, he would make a decent Commander-in-Chief.

Now enter the Trump. Granted he has put immigration on the table, divorced of even a hint of political correctness, but there are ways of raising awkward subjects without being excessively offensive. We understand that cousin Fred has a drinking problem; throwing it out there in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner between the turkey and coleslaw isn’t really going to help matters. If Trump doesn’t get bored with pretending to run for President – I give it until September – then the Dems are going to have an awesome gaffe reel to play against the eventual Republican nominee next summer.

Lileks, Long, and Goldberg — Live in D.C.

 

shutterstock_111340814Longtime readers may remember that James Lileks, Rob Long, and Jonah Goldberg were among the group that assembled in Washington last fall to discuss their contributions to the (hilarious) book The Seven Deadly Virtues at the American Enterprise Institute. 

Well, they’re doing it again! At 6 PM on Monday, May 11, James, Rob, and Jonah will join Tucker Carlson, Steve Hayes, Jonathan Last, and P.J. O’Rourke at AEI to discuss their pieces in the follow-up volume, The Dadly Virtues: Adventures from the Worst Job You’ll Ever Love. It’s a witty and smart collection of observations on fatherhood, delivered just in time for Father’s Day. For more information on the event, visit here. We hope you’ll join us in D.C.

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Jonah Goldberg once wrote that he was invited by a group of geeks who had been plotting on how to hold out in a zombie invasion for years to join their group, that he told them, “I don’t mean to overly mock the role-playing game community, these are my people. But when the zombies come, I’d […]

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