This week on the Renegade Report popular YouTuber Mouthy Buddha joins the show. Mouthy explains why the alt-right and the left need each other to survive, how Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson view the world in completely different ways, and what impact the free market of ideas has had on his thinking. Roman argues that gender fluidity might exist, but its importance is inflated, while Jonathan espouses a more traditional approach in line with biologically determined gender. Mouthy recalls a recent interview which he conducted with a proponent of the white genocide narrative in South Africa, and probes the hosts for their views on this controversial topic.
The Renegade Report is joined by Western Cape Premier and former DA leader, Helen Zille. The discussion revolves around Ms Zille's recent tweet controversy, freedom of speech, and liberal values. Jonathan probes the DA's ability to maintain its principles as a party attempting to gain power, and Roman questions the Premier's opinion of Mmusi Maimane. Helen provides an idea of what her Presidency might have looked like, and where she will spend her time after 2019.
Economist Chris Becker joins the Renegade Report team this week. Chris expands on the differences between the divergent economic schools of thought, why Keynesian economics is most useful to State technocrats, and how Government's incompetence has been good for the private sector. Roman explains why the poorest people in the world use private school and Jonathan reveals how private healthcare is flourishing in South Africa. The conversation closes with a frank discussion on cypto-currencies and how they may disrupt the status quo of State-controlled currency markets in the not too distant future.
The Renegade Report continues to grow in stature and listenership. Roman and Jonathan take time out from the usual guest schedule to answer questions posed to them on the show's Facebook group. From their evolution towards classical liberalism to their real views on climate change, there's something for everyone in this candid episode of everyone's favourite weekly podcast.
In an exclusive hour-long discussion, author and journalist Rian Malan sits down with the Renegade Report. Rian explains his reasons for going into exile during Apartheid, what influenced his return to the country, and the complex political landscape he discovered thereafter. The conversation touches on Rian's transition from socialism in his youth to a more conservative outlook today. Jonathan probes Rian on his experiences in Coligny and Roman harshly questions the subsequent criticism he has received for his writings thereof. Towards the end of the discussion the tables are turned on the hosts and Mr Malan asks them to expand on their views around black leadership in South Africa, as well as the Trump presidency.
This instalment of the Renegade Report hosts outspoken communications expert Sindile Vabaza. Sindile explains why a successful South Africa rests on the growth of the black middle class, while highlighting the flaws of the prevailing strategy and politics to achieve this goal. Roman digs into our guest's views on why he believes Johannesburg to be the most integrated city, and Jonathan proposes an apocalyptic future and asks how it might be avoided or dealt with.
This episode plays host to ANN7 reporter, Jacob Zuma supporter, and self-described anarcho-communist Chelsea Lotz. Chelsea explains why she views both socialism and communism as models which should be followed to ensure a fair society. Jonathan questions the notion of equality given innate human differences, and Roman probes the guest on the suffering associated with political regimes which have a Marxist bent. Ms Lotz also expands on her views in relation to the President and his grace, Islam as a positive theocracy, and Vladimir Putin the anti-colonialist.
This week's episode features ecologist and Greenpeace co-founder, Dr Patrick Moore. Patrick explains how he became involved in founding a multi-national environmental organisation which fought for the end of nuclear bomb testing and whale hunting, before being hijacked by non-scientific interests intent on banning everything from chlorine to PVC. Jonathan opens up discussion on the climate change the Earth has experienced over several billions of years, and Roman queries the role carbon dioxide is playing in this process. Dr Moore discusses the so-called 97% consensus on climate change, the Paris agreement, and the politicisation of the green movement.
This episode of the Renegade Report sees the return of Advocate and free speech doyen Mark Oppenheimer. Mark reflects on the important work of Ayanda Mabulu, the selective reporting on so-called racist speech, and the torrid Huffington Post / Shelley Garland affair. Roman explores the limiting of the individual's ability to respond to hate speech and Jonathan questions the threshold of such speech. Mark explains the proposed PEPUDA act and what it might mean for our society, challenges media companies to be honest about their bias, and suggests that Marx be removed from all university curricula to begin the process of "decolonisation".
The guest on this episode of the Renegade Report is the Academic Director of private "university" Akademia, Piet le Roux. The conversation dovetails around the nature of privately funded, community-based tertiary education schemes in contrast to that of State funded universities. Piet offers a strong defence of community-based initiatives while Jonathan questions the reason for Government involvement in educational institutions. Roman get comfortable with another anarchist in the studio, which leads to a rather deep and metaphorical defence of anarchy.
The guest on this instalment of the Renegade Report is Afriforum Deputy CEO, Ernst Roets. Ernst explains the role of civil rights organisations within a democracy, and the importance of protecting minorities in our society. Emphasis is placed on self reliance over state dependence within a corrupt environment. Jonathan questions the role and potential failings of the Constitution in protecting rights, and Roman laments the ongoing notion of race as a real problem - despite evidence otherwise. Ernst gives his view of race merchants and their trade, speaks about Karl Popper's paradox of democracy in how it relates to the South African context, and shares Afriforum's position on the issue of farm murders. There's also discussion about the current political and economic situation in the country and whether the future may lead to a more federalist approach to governance.
Roman goes solo with Catholic priest, Father Chris Townsend. Roman and Chris discuss the purpose of religion in a pluralistic, liberal democracy. Chris argues that religion gives meaning to people and that the church should create dialogue to heal existential and psychological wounds. Roman investigates whether religion really does give people meaning, and what the future of religion might be. The conversation ends with a discussion around the repercussions the sex scandals have had on the church.