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.
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.