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Renegade Inc.

Renegade Inc. is a new kind of talk show for people who think differently. We interview thinkers, writers, leaders and creators in search of new ideas. No soundbites. No shouting. No hype. Just great guests and entertaining conversation for people who want to question the conventional wisdom of modern life. Renegade Inc is hosted by award winning independent filmmaker and broadcaster Ross Ashcroft. It’s the show for the renegade spirit in everyone.

Oct 14, 2019 08:24

Do you want more drums of war?

It was the respected US Army general George S Patton Jr. who famously said “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” His extensive experience of war gives gravity to his insight.

Today, when we speak about reasons to go to war, it seems that there must be total public compliance. It’s now apparently unpatriotic to ever question official narratives so all dissenting voices must be totally crushed.

But where does this absolutism logically lead? And how do we resist a militarised herd mentality that will lead to bigger geopolitical conflicts?

Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by co-director of the Organisation for Propaganda Studies, Dr Piers Robinson and lecturer in international politics at the University of Leicester, Tara McCormack, to discuss war, propaganda, and crushing dissent.

Oct 7, 2019 06:36

Reheating the Cold War

Watch any news bulletin and you’ll see how Western political leaders have demonstrated their total inability to deliver on pretty much anything.

Western triumphalism has bred a certain complacency that’s starting to bite as the elites continue to turn on their own people.

Yet, the new world is quietly emerging with a shared purpose.

So, is this continual talk of the ‘new cold war’ legitimate? Or could Western politicians be peddling an old idea so to distract their citizens from thinking about their increasingly limited freedoms and diminishing standards of living?

Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by philosopher, author, and filmmaker André Vltchek to discuss the rapid, ongoing geopolitical shift.

Sep 30, 2019 06:26

License to be bad

Warren Buffet’s sidekick Charlie Munger once said: “Show me the incentives and I’ll show you the results.” His logic is simple, when the incentives are misaligned, so too are the outcomes.

Banking is a sector that proves his point with many people rewarded for exploiting society.

How have our overall economic incentives become so skewed?

Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by Dr Jonathan Aldred, fellow and director of studies in economics at Cambridge, to discuss why economics has evolved to now punish those who want to do what’s right and reward those who do wrong.

Sep 23, 2019 06:50

Rising tides: Ego v eco

You only have to experience the futility of a climate breakdown debate to understand how disconnected human beings have become from nature.

When it comes to the natural world, our human superiority complex prevents us from really connecting with the very things that sustain us. Like the Amazon – the irony burns.

So, we need a rethink. A good place to start would be to get back to natural law, so we can have an opportunity to rewrite the social contract and, as importantly, restructure the deal that we have with the planet we call home.

Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by director of Replenish Earth, Dr Tia Kansara, and the author and campaigner Rory Spowers to discuss how we can rediscover natural law and our sense of self.

Sep 16, 2019 11:09

Sunset on the West?

The rise of China and other emerging economies isn’t a new phenomenon, nor is the rhetoric around the sun setting on the US Empire.

But is this analysis of a new world order too simplistic?

As the tectonic plates of trade shift and global economic power twists and turns, what does the transition from a unipolar Western hegemony to an interconnected multipolar world really look like?

Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by Dr Lee Jones, reader in international politics at Queen Mary University of London, and Mitch Feierstein, hedge fund manager and author of Planet Ponzi, to discuss the emergence of a multipolar world and what it really means for us.

Sep 9, 2019 07:21

Renegade think

Psychedelic drugs are illegal in most parts of the world, but trials are being done in the US and Europe to see how they can be used to treat mental health issues like depression and PTSD.

A growing number of people are thinking differently about psychedelics – one of them being comedian Shane Mauss. He turned away from a traditional stand-up career to follow his passion for science communication and the advocacy of psychedelics in mental health treatment.

Host Ross Ashcroft caught up with him to find out what he thinks about this new era of psychedelic-assisted therapies and if they can play a role in addressing the escalating mental health issues in our increasingly neurotic world…