The guest on the show this week is senior Cato Institute fellow Johan Norberg, author of the book ‘Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future’. Johan explains how the freedom of exploration, experimentation and exchange has allowed humanity to improve and constantly live better. Many of the systems or items we now take for granted, including sewerage disposal and synthetic fertilisers, have set the scene for our current day successes. Jonathan explores whether necessity really is the mother of invention and Roman probes the transformation of Johan’s home country, Sweden. The discussion ventures further into improvements in life expectancy, why the economy isn’t a zero sum game, and how the greatest threat to progress are those who simply won’t move out of its way.
It’s the one-year anniversary of The Renegade Report and the hosts take the hour to reflect on the year that was, and what lies ahead for the show.
On this episode of the podcast the hosts are joined by outspoken follower of Hotep, Ali Shakur. ‘Hotep Jesus’, as he likes to be known, explains the philosophy behind the Hotep lifestyle, the problems facing African Americans, and the solutions he believes need to be found within. Roman explores the real concerns facing minority groups versus the superficial narrative seen within social and other popular media, while Jonathan probes some of the collectivist ideas being put forward by the guest. Ali talks about why in his view traditional racism doesn’t exist, how the black community are their own worst enemy, and what the real history of slavery and integration has to do with the current socio-economic state of black people.
On this episode, consultant and Marxist Byron McFadden joins the hosts to discuss his views. Byron explains the errors of the Bolsheviks in implementing socialism in the 20th century, and points to other examples of these principles being used elsewhere in the world. Jonathan pushes back against the notion that Capitalism is a failed idea and Roman proposes that our current economic system has led humanity to its greatest prosperity. Byron pushes back through a Marxist lens and goes on to share his knowledge of African economics, opposition to perceived South African arrogance, and the role of China on the continent.
The guest this week is Spiked Online editor Brendan O’Neill. Brendan explains his roots as a Marxist and motivates his belief that Marx and Engels were in fact devoted to freedom and against the State. Jonathan proposes the idea that both the left and right can’t help but become elitist when in power and Roman attacks the concept of white privilege which leads to a fascinating insight into class dynamics. Brendan expounds on his views of why Brexit is the best thing to happen in Western politics in 25 years, how Trump is in no way comparable to Hitler, and what environmentalism is doing to prevent the progress of humanity.
On this episode of The Renegade Report Roman and Jonathan are joined by Canadian clinical psychologist and tenured professor at the University of Toronto, Jordan Peterson. Professor Peterson gives insight into the great ideological war between the theory of Marxism as contrasted to Western values. This leads into a discussion regarding the breakdown of freedoms on academic campuses and the very real danger that Postmodernists pose to our way of life. Jonathan questions the “power hierarchy” theory and Roman probes into Professor Peterson’s notion of what gives life meaning and why nihilism is a road to nowhere.
On this episode of the show the guest is economist, free market expert, and author Russell Lamberti. Russell tells us why Pravin Gordhan is steering us off a fiscal cliff with communist policy, and mulls the benefits and disadvantages of Brian Molefe as a Zuma puppet replacement. Roman explores whether a DA-directed Finance Ministry would lead to any improvement and Jonathan probes Russell on Trump – the hysteria, and the reality.
The guest on the this episode of The Renegade Report is podcaster and author Hunter Maats. The conversation focuses on culture and the effect it has on a combination of our thoughts and feelings. Hunter discusses the value to be found in strange ideologies like Scientology, the size of the tribes within which we all live, and the sheer awesomeness as well as necessity of cultural appropriation. Hunter expands on his disagreement with Richard Dawkins and his fascination with Kim Jong-Un’s toilet habits. Roman probes the issue of ideological fundamentalism and Jonathan explores the so-called “wisdom of crowds”.
Roman and Jonathan are joined by legal scholar, academic and writer, Professor Iain Benson. Professor Benson argues that religious and philosophical virtues need to be incorporated into our legal and political framework to give effect to the virtues of equality, fairness and transformation. The hosts and Professor Benson discuss human nature, the role of belief in a liberal society as well as why Marxism has insufficient virtues to promote pluralism. The conversation ends off with a novel approach to the abortion debate.
The Renegade Report is back with a vengeance, as cynical and nihilistic as ever. Roman and Jonathan are solo on this episode dedicated to the new year, which looks to triple down on the doubling down of 2016. They discuss the abysmal Matric results, our celebration of mediocrity, and why school is probably a waste of time anyway. Of course there’s a healthy amount of conversation around the latest from Eskom, the ANC’s drunk birthday party, the death of the fake news narrative, and Milo’s bestselling yet to be printed book. Finally the hosts reflect on the disastrous Obama presidency and look forward to even more catastrophe with the likes of Trump and Zuma in charge.