The Renegade Report plays host to South African Twitter royalty, journalist and writer Gus Silber. The discussion focuses on the media, their biases and their positioning within society. Gus emphasises the role of individual journalists versus the concept of a monolithic media, as well as the reality of these individuals having specific viewpoints despite their need to approach matters impartially. Jonathan and Roman explore the lack of trust in the media, the quality thereof, and the shutdown of feedback loops like comment sections. Gus advises on the importance of being a promiscuous consumer of media, makes a strong freedom of speech argument on the issue of satire, and rallies against the banning of things we dislike.
It’s an American Election Special for a very ‘special’ election. The guest is Ashor Sarupen, local and international campaign expert, who gives insightful analysis on Crooked Hillary and Grabby Trump. Jonathan and Roman explore the entire US election process from the primaries to the Congress, the Senate, and of course the Presidency. Ashor explains the working class support of Donald, the cultural issues entwined in the election, and the potential result of a Clinton victory on the Supreme Court.
Liberty advocate and repenting lawyer Cecelia Kok joins the hosts on this episode of The Renegade Report. Cecelia talks about her passion for all things freedom and the inspiration she takes from philosophers like John Stuart Mill. The discussion explores the role identity plays in the moral assessment of actions, the importance if any of “lived experience”, and polarising movements such as third wave feminism and men’s rights activists. Roman and Jonathan get Cecelia’s views on good ideas versus bad ones, how to make affirmative action equitable, and what can be done to improve our economy through liberal values.
The guest on the show this week is vegan anarchist Aragorn Eloff, who claims to disagree with almost all the hosts’ views. Aragorn explains the meaning of anarchism and how it fits in, or doesn’t fit in, with our current societal structures. Roman revels in having a fellow anarchist in the studio, although there is significant divergence in his position about the role of the market. Jonathan challenges the view that the anarchic world described can lead to fairness in an environment which values enforced equality over merit. Aragorn puts forward the case for the decolonisation of our universities, science and everything #FeesMustFall, and there’s even some discussion on why it is acceptable for vegans to eat screaming vegetables.
This episode plays host to self-declared curmudgeon David Bullard. The guest reflects back on the column which led to his firing from The Sunday Times and subsequently being labeled a “racist”, despite being one of the forerunners in the call for ‘decolonisation’. Jonathan and Roman probe David’s views on modern journalism, identity politics, and #FeesMustFall. There are honourable mentions of several regressive leftists and broad discussion of everything from white monopoly capital to genital-grabbing Trump.
Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister of Police, Zakhele Mbhele. Jonathan and Roman are keen to understand the policing of protests on university campuses and the ability of our police services to respond appropriately. The discussion also explores the failings of leadership in the SAPS, a potential libertarian approach to public safety, and how to make the police work better for the benefit of many rather than the elite few.
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.