America celebrated their Independence Day over the weekend, a day that marked their split from the kingdom of the oppressor of the day, King George III of Great Britain. Since we’re revising history left, right and centre (but mostly left) I thought it might be useful to remind ourselves of what was going on back then and why it matters as much today…

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What is individual freedom and can governments legislate for this? Is the prohibition of cigarettes infringing on the freedoms of not only individual rights, but the rights of legal tobacco traders who make way for illegal smugglers? Outside of the estimated R200 million cost to the tax coffers, what are the societal effects of cutting smokers off from cigarettes with no warning or alternative? Can there be freedom if the government doesn’t engage its citizens and business stakeholders before implementing policy?

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With the world currently in unpredictable times, Gareth reaches out to hear from multimedia communicator Tat Wolfen to interrogate ideas and structures brought on by the spread of the coronavirus. Given the political climate the world over, the two also discuss a myriad of ramifications brought on by the government-instituted lockdowns like ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’, the battling economy, and the World Health Organisation, which was dubbed “China’s PR company” in this conversation.

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30.04.20 Pt 1 – Which Zuma is worse… one is going to jail, and it feels like the other one is keeping us in jail? Is banning smoking madness, or good for the masses? Just so you know, Stockholm is two things – a place and a syndrome. Plus, Adrian Campos joins us to discuss his take on Cuban doctors entering South Africa.

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