Authoritarian Mental Gestures

On today’s Ruminant, Jonah aims to set the record straight on a matter of international significance: Despite what the producers of American Crime Story would have you believe, he has never owned an oversized poster of Atlas Shrugged. Thankfully, this misunderstanding gives him an excuse to indulge in a nerdtastic exploration of the differences between objectivism and conservatism, the significance of religion to conservative belief, and the differences between conservatives and “men of the right.” There’s also a disquisition on social anxiety and Theodor Adorno’s idea of the “authoritarian personality,” as well as a rant on those who continue to minimize January 6. Plus, as a special treat for The Dispatch’s two-year anniversary, tune in to learn the intimate details of Jonah and Steve Hayes’ late night telephone conversations.

Show Notes:

The Dispatch manifesto from two years ago

Today’s underwhelming job numbers

Whittaker Chambers’ review of Atlas Shrugged

The Remnant with George Will

George criticizes Whittaker Chambers

Al Felzenberg on George’s opposition to Spiro Agnew

Jonah ruminates on Richard Hofstadter

The Age of Reform, Hofstatder’s book on status anxiety

Hofstadter’s Social Darwinism in American Thought

The (underrated) Tyranny of Clichés

Theodor Adorno’s The Authoritarian Personality

Sally Satel: “The Experts Have Overlooked Authoritarians on the Left”

Karen Stenner’s The Authoritarian Dynamic

The Remnant with Joe Uscinski

Bring the villain forward

Jonah’s latest Special Report appearance

The January 6 subpoena saga

Dinesh D’Souza’s evil tweet

Jonah and Hugh Hewitt debate the alt-right in 2016

Jonah: “This Was Always the Plan”

Revelations from Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

The Remnant with Scott Gottlieb

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