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.
On the final episode of The Renegade Report for 2016, the hosts are joined by the inimitable Gareth Cliff. In this safe space the media giant discusses his love affair with Barry Obama, as well as a level-headed approach to The Donald. Roman and Jonathan delve into Gareth’s views on the South African political landscape, his staunch belief and support for freedom of expression, and where his platform CliffCentral is headed in the future.
This week’s guest is policy analyst, radio commentator and IRR fellow Phumlani Majozi. The discussion meanders through various topics including the teflon man Jacob Zuma, the whichever way the wind blows figure of Julius Malema, and the obsession with identity politics holding us back. Phumlani tells of his journey to classically liberal and libertarian leanings and expands on his views with regards to the failure of socialism and Marxism. Roman probes the land question and Jonathan explores the guest’s views on the current American political landscape. Phumlani also details his policies for when his opportunity to become benevolent dictator will be realised. The conversation winds up with an assessment of ‘libertarian’ Mayor Herman Mashaba.
This episode of The Renegade Report has Jonathan and Roman sounding off about current affairs and whatever comes to mind. The hosts discuss the death of Fidel Castro and the predictable reaction of the left, the rise and fall of fake news sites like CNN and the Huffington Post, as well as a reasonable approach to living with Donald Trump and not freaking out. Roman points out the hypocrisy shown by one of his favourite philosophers in “2016” and Jonathan ponders the effect the DA are having on Johannesburg.
The guest this week is little-known Afrikaans singer and activist Steve Hofmeyr. Roman and Jonathan discuss the aftermath of the American election and its meaning for the mainstream media, the celebrity culture and the future of identity politics. Steve opens up about his views on race, culture and being “pro-generalisation”. The discussion covers a variety of topics from the language being taught at universities to the role of the State in guarding culture. There is plenty of debate between the hosts and Mr Hofmeyr around the functioning of Apartheid, about whether a ‘white genocide’ exists, and how the impingement of our free speech rights might lead to the apocalypse.
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.