Going Native

  
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If there’s one group Jonah has less patience for than post-liberal Catholic integralists, it’s progressives who want to replace Madisonian democracy with a parliamentary system. On today’s ranty Ruminant, he explores why America’s system of government is exceptional, why the Electoral College should stand, and why the Germans don’t always do it better. There’s also a disquisition on historicism and relativism, obligatory kvetching about Democrats spending money they don’t have, and an aside about conservative intellectuals turning their backs on light. Tune in for nerdy references to Leo Strauss, but stick around to see if Jonah can actually make it to the end without mentioning Woodrow Wilson.

Show Notes:

- Wednesday’s “news”letter

- Ben Sasse’s rant at the Kavanaugh hearing

- George W. Plunkitt, no relation to Harry S. Plinkett

- Jonah defends the Electoral College

- The Morning Dispatch breaks down Germany’s election

- Biden can’t read the room

- The Remnant with Mike Duncan

- The Remnant with Scott Lincicome

- Leo Strauss’ critique of historicism

- “Hello lamppost, whatcha knowin’?”

- Hillbilly lunacy

- Robert Kagan: “Our Constitutional Crisis is Already Here”

- The latest Dispatch Podcast 

- Actually, it’s the common good