Going Native

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

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