This episode of The Renegade Report deals with the often controversial topic of hunting. Roman and Jonathan chat to game farm owner and hunting expert Eardley Rudman. They dissect the economic impact of this popular activity as well as the role it has to play in the conservation of animals. Once again the menace of government interference rears its ugly but familiar head and then things just get worse when the discussion turns towards the mess that is CITES.
It’s a solo show with Roman and Jonathan. The guys talk about how to make South Africa great again, with excellent insights garnered from publications like The Daily Pox. The discussion takes a very thoughtful approach to the latest round of #FeesMustFall, a reflection on the Steven Anderson debacle, and the benevolent hosts even make time to answer some of your burning questions.
Zionist Benji Shulman explains the basic tenets of Zionism, the history of Israel and Palestine, and his analysis of the ongoing conflict in the region. The discussion explores student politics on university campuses and how different ideologies often prevent the resolution of real student issues.
This week’s guest is author and lover of wisdom, aka Philosopher, Jason Werbeloff. There’s a focus on ways to construct good arguments, the importance of defining terms, and arriving at conclusions based on truthful premises. Jason explains the content of his PhD thesis which deconstructs ideas around the existence of groups within society. Roman and Jonathan explore the concepts of straw manning, steel manning, circular arguments and rational thinking. There’s fascinating discussion around everything from ‘institutionalised racism’ to ethics and even colonising the Universe by purposefully destroying the Earth.
Jonathan and Roman host energy consultant Shaun Nel. Shaun gives an extensive explanation of the implementation failures which led to the electricity failures in 2008 and the instability of the network ever since. The decrease in demand for power is discussed in juxtaposition to the massive investment in new energy generation from projects like Medupi and Kusile. There’s plenty of insight into the functioning of NERSA, the role of independent power producers, the use of coal versus nuclear or renewable, and the future of energy in your home.
Independent terrorism analyst Isaac Cohen joins the show to explore the history of ISIS and the ideology of the group and its fighters. Isaac explains the foundational principles of Islamic fundamentalism, Wahhabism, Salafism as well as terms like jizya and takfiri. The discussion touches on the plight of Syrian refugees, the ongoing abuse of Saudi women through male guardianship, military action as a solution, and a pragmatic approach to the Israel/Palestine situation.
The guest on this episode is Chris Chameleon like you’ve never heard him before. Roman and Jonathan explore a multiplicity of topics with the music legend, including his new album Firmament, Afrikaans culture, religion and hunting. Chris shares his close affinity for nature and the influence this has on his life in general. The discussion is lively and intense with plenty of intriguing debate around language, intelligence, and the human condition.
On this episode Jonathan and Roman host author, lecturer and consultant, Professor Rabelani Dagada. Dagada recounts his personal trials which led to his liberal beliefs and free market views. The discussion focuses on the blesser government of the ANC, the outcome and potential coalitions of the local general elections, the perceived skills shortage in South Africa, and the guest’s affinity for the only democratic state in the Middle East.
Dr Ross Tucker is a world renowned sports scientist who is currently most active in international rugby. Ross has for many years been involved with and provided insightful commentary, as well as interesting didactic views, on athletics, cycling and other sporting codes. Roman and Jonathan probe Ross for his views on intersex athletes, doping in cycling, and the case for an open drug market in sports.
The guest on this episode is advocate and free thinker Mark Oppenheimer. Jonathan and Roman chat to Mark about his recent encounter at Think!Fest in Grahamstown, in which he was silenced and denied his freedom to speak because of his race and purported family background. This attack on free speech is highlighted further in discussion around the deplatforming of Flemming Rose at UCT, the furore over Zapiro cartoons, and the reaction to various paintings of political actors and their genitalia. Mark unpacks the specifics of speech protected by the Constitution and the interpretation thereof, especially in light of the concepts of hate speech versus hurtful speech.