2 Crickets In A Thorn Tree

SA INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS  |  Podcast , ±1 hr 18 min episodes every 1 week, 2 days  | 
Nicholas Lorimer and Gabriel Crouse provide their unique take on everything and anything going on in South Africa and the world at large, with a focus on history, philosophy and current affairs.

Getting away with murder in South Africa, Russian oligarchs, American elections and geopolitical strategy all feature in this unconventional podcast.

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Rounding out two big weeks

Nick and Gabriel discuss the latest threats to property rights in SA, the abortion debate, their thoughts on the upcoming U.S. midterms and the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.


Nick: "The weakness of Xi Jinping" https://www.foreignaffairs.com/china/xi-jinping-china-weakness-hubris-paranoia-threaten-future

Gabriel:The Antislavery Activist That Time Forgot: Historian Walter Stahr on Salmon P. Chase https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yJAJarVmU0&ab_channel=HooverInstitution

What is incitement anyway?

Gabriel and Nick chat about the EFF-Afriforum hate speech court case and some of the principles of free speech. They also chat about the Trump-FBI raid.


Nick: https://dailyfriend.co.za/2022/08/26/sorcery-in-samlesbury/

Gabriel: https://youtu.be/pAeoJVXrZo4

The power of theater

Nick and Gabriel take a meander through the place of Bloemfontein in SA today, the Zuma medical parole trial, the speech Gabriel gave at UNISA, the power of theater and Republican Party Reptiles.


Nick: Inda and Pakistan https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/partition-wasn-t-inevitable

Gabriel: The danger of one thingism https://dailyfriend.co.za/2022/08/18/against-the-silver-bullet-or-one-thing-ism/

The Conservative Iceberg: SA Edition

Gabriel and Nick chat about the life of John Kane-Berman and then about the powerful and undiscussed conservative soul of South Africa which is rising to the surface with the collapse of the ANC.


Gabriel: Lord Sumption: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YleLkFnwqK0

Nick: Fusionism: https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/07/why-both-types-of-conservative-fusionism-still-matter/

Zuma's 2 steps to freedom

Gabriel and Nick chat about the IRR's legal arguments for why Jacob Zuma should not have been released from jail at the direction of Arthur Fraser and what Zuma can do to turn around his reputation and the country.


Nick: Heilung https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVbc_Fwbt50

Gabriel: Sibelius Theme and Variations for Solo Cello (1887) https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ-BIEutAWc&feature=share

What even is the Middle East?

Nick and Gabriel ask the question, What is the Middle East? They also discuss the plans for an Eskom 2, South Africa's wild west past and Biden's trip to the Middle East.


Nick: Tolkien Lore https://www.youtube.com/c/TolkienLorePodcast/videos

Gabriel: The Churchill factor https://www.amazon.com/Churchill-Factor-How-Made-History/dp/1594633983

Philip Glass - Violin Concerto & Company Complete https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsX5gldmmFE

The passing of a PM and the resignation of a PM

Gabriel and Nick chatt about the shocking murder of Shinzo Abe and Abe's legacy they also discuss Boris Johnson and his final defeat lastly they mention Bheki Cele and his racist tirade.


Nick: Goodbye, Boris https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/07/goodbye-boris/

Gabriel: https://twitter.com/TheKiffness/status/1545002632913342464

Maybe we should try convincing people?

Nick and Gabriel discuss recent rulings by the United States supreme court, the arguments that underpin them and the politics involved. Specifically the lies about the repeal of Roe v Wade, the underpinning of the administrative state and the opportunity for Democrats to win big.


Nick: The Absurd 2nd Century Space Opera You'll Never Read https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBpDdlirzH0

Pentagon finds concerning vulnerabilities on blockchain https://www.techrepublic.com/article/pentagon-finds-concerning-vulnerabilities-on-blockchain/

Stop Lying about Abortion Laws and Ectopic Pregnancies https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/stop-lying-about-abortion-laws-and-ectopic-pregnancies/

MacG and Chill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9JuV4UVRrE&list=PLUU1IGHNoNrv0sKgXhrLbuxRTELs8ei7l

Talking about difficult things

Gabriel and Nick chat about how not talking about the difficult things can very quickly backfire on you.


Nick: Saudi Arabia and the U.S. https://thedispatch.com/p/saudi-arabia-welcomes-a-likely-reset

Gabriel: The right thing to do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBdfcR-8hEY

Supreme court ruling https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/19-1392_6j37.pdf

There is a disturbance in the force

Nick and Gabriel chat about urban decay the end of ANC dominance and the cynicism of American politics.


Nick: https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/06/birthplace-saudi-state-becomes-tool-new-nationalism

Gabriel: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/15/opinion/bimbo-tiktok-feminism.html

Just deserts

The internet assures me that the title's spelling is the correct one.

Nick and Gabriel chat about a recent spate of firings, or more accurately a suspension, a firing and two election losses.


Gabriel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1oeJwF5tG4

Nick: https://dailyfriend.co.za/2022/06/10/the-amritsar-crisis/

Changes are in the air

Gabriel and Nick discuss a little more about the Depp and Heard trial, and then move on to talk about the recent by-elections and how they suggest the age of the ANC is drawing to an end. They also discuss the criminal accusations made about President Cyril Ramaphosa and what these might mean for the country.


Nick: Pirates of the Caribbean curse of the Black Pearl

Gabriel: Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra

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