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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The wrong impeachment!
1:44:22Gabriel tells Nick about why he thinks that Ramaphosa's impeachment case is the wrong one, and why it matters. Recommendations: Nick Century of Crisis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwXlr4_pGhM Gabriel: Supreme Court oral arguments https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/audio/2022/21-476
The tribe, the child, parole and the rule of law
2:12:04Nick and Gabriel chat about a U.S. supreme court case involving Native American children, the release of Chris Hani's killer, the ongoing Zuma legal battles and Ramaphosa's visit to the UK. Recommendations: Nick: Walking Streets of South Sudan https://youtu.be/sNSIhIzr3io Gabriel: The Soccer World Cup https://www.fifa.com/fifaplus/en/watch/1abAi3NllBGQ1Q92mXqDWq
The affirmative vote
2:34:03Nick and Gabriel discuss the U.S. Supreme Court case on Affirmative Action at Harvard. They then chat about the recent U.S. mid-terms and what they mean for the future of the Republican Party. Recommendations: Nick: BLOODYWOOD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iKjSCTxke8 Gabriel: Copenhagen https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0340057/
The terror of gerrymandering
2:11:31Nick and Gabriel chat about terror threats and the problem of gerrymandering. Recommendations: Nick: Pennsylvania Senate Race Full Debate 2022: Dr. Oz vs Fetterman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9wb0423dxs Gabriel: https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/audio/2022/21-1086
The Puritanical impulse
2:26:51Gabriel and Nick discuss the direction of the country and how it could be gravely threatened by the wrong kind of puritanical impulse. Recommendations: Nick: TikTok Parent ByteDance Planned To Use TikTok To Monitor The Physical Location Of Specific American Citizens: https://www.forbes.com/sites/emilybaker-white/2022/10/20/tiktok-bytedance-surveillance-american-user-data/?sh=140674c36c2d Gabriel: The Unbearable Peace https://granta.com/the-unbearable-peace/?ref=The+Browser-newsletter
Frames of reference, Truss and Prince
2:09:52Gabriel and Nick discuss the current messy state of British politics, and then head into a winding discussion of some of the cases before the U.S. supreme court, notably on the issue of copyright. Recommendations: Nick: WeBuyCars: https://www.webuycars.co.za/ BB King: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp0rRff7gWk Gabriel: Vanity Fair: PURPLE FAME https://archive.vanityfair.com/article/1984/11/purple-fame FT: Positive feedback: the science of criticism that actually works
A bad week for South Africa
2:01:39Gabriel and Nick chat about the difficult week for freedom and prosperity in SA with the retaking of Joburg by the ANC as well as the passage of the land courts and expropriation bill. Recommendations: Nick: The Dispatch https://thedispatch.com/ Gabriel: How Nickelback became the most hated band ever https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFC4OFWIPtw
Rounding out two big weeks
2:01:25Nick 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. Recommendations: 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