First-Degree Wonkery

Only those in the wonky 1 percent should subject themselves to today’s nerdtastic Remnant, in which Jonah is joined for a third time by the Manhattan Institute’s Andy Smarick. The pair use Andy’s recent Dispatch piece on the folly of never-ending school closures to launch a wide-ranging discussion of the pandemic culture war and divisions among conservatives. Should you be friends with politicians? Why are some Americans desperate for normalcy to never return? And is it wise for so many right-wing whippersnappers to reject the so-called “dead consensus”? Unsurprisingly, Jonah thinks Hayek has the answer to at least one of those questions.

Show Notes:

Andy Smarick – the Manhattan Institute

Jim Geraghty on opening with the 10th step of a 10-step argument

Last week’s Remnant with Dan Crenshaw

Jonah: “Giuliani’s Sorry Path from Law-and-Order Mayor to Villainous Clown”

Giuliani: “My attitude to my legacy is …”

Andy: “What the Narrative on School Reopenings Has Missed”

Randi Weingarten calls American Jews “part of the ownership class”

The View of the World from 9th Avenue

Joy Reid is too scared to enjoy life after she’s vaccinated

Steven Petrow: “I’m Vaccinated, but I’m Not Really Ready to Leave My Pandemic Cocoon”

Hadley Arkes and peers argue for a “better” originalism

Catholics v. libertarians in the 1960s

Marco Rubio: “Amazon Should Face Unionization Drive Without Republican Support”

Mitt Romney’s child allowance proposal

Jonah is flattered by R.R. Reno’s gushing review of Suicide of the West

YouGov’s recent survey of 2020 Trump voters

Hayek’s “The Use of Knowledge in Society”

David French on nutpicking

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