The Cheerful Pursuit

The incomparable George Will makes his long-awaited return to The Remnant to discuss his latest book, American Happiness and Discontents. As George writes in its introduction, “happiness has been elusive for this dyspeptic nation” in recent years. Together, he and Jonah examine why Americans have become so restless and what can be done to address the causes of their disaffection. They also discuss how populism should be understood, what it means to be a “faint-hearted originalist,” and how the degradation of America’s elite institutions can be reversed. Happy warriors and scowling primitives alike are encouraged to tune in.

Show Notes:

The Dispatch manifesto from two years ago

George’s previous Remnant appearance

George’s new book, American Happiness and Discontents

George’s previous book, The Conservative Sensibility

George debates Oren Cass on creative destruction

Jonah on status anxiety

Charles Murray’s Coming Apart

Walter Berns on democracy

Graeme Wood on our elite surplus

Graeme Wood on The Remnant

Schumpeter’s Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy

Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals

George on the “1619 Project”

George on public choice theory

George on judicial review

“Conservatism is soiled by scowling primitives”

Hayek: “Why I’m Not a Conservative”

George reflects on his career and philosophical evolution

Jonah and George discuss conservatism on C-SPAN

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