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On In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser I tackle all the uncomfortable topics that dominate public debate. With my reputation for fearless debate as a former World Masters Debate Champ, and a background in law and philosophy, you can expect debates on everything from whether or not it is racist for a non-black person to quote the N-word, to questions of how to tackle inequality, whether people are responsible for unconscious biases, the ethics of refusing to be vaccinated, the status of animals, debating books, and much more! The crucial differentiator of this podcast series compared to others is that it is fearless in its debate orientation, and no topic is off bounds! However, my motto is: "You are entitled to be treated with dignity .... but NOT to have your worldview affirmed!" So come with well-considered reasons for your viewpoints when you get YOUR chance to come on the platform to In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser

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On In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser I tackle all the uncomfortable topics that dominate public debate. With my reputation for fearless debate as a former World Masters Debate Champ, and a background in law and philosophy, you can expect debates on everything from whether or not it is racist for a non-black person to quote the N-word, to questions of how to tackle inequality, whether people are responsible for unconscious biases, the ethics of refusing to be vaccinated, the status of animals, debating books, and much more! The crucial differentiator of this podcast series compared to others is that it is fearless in its debate orientation, and no topic is off bounds! However, my motto is: "You are entitled to be treated with dignity .... but NOT to have your worldview affirmed!" So come with well-considered reasons for your viewpoints when you get YOUR chance to come on the platform to In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser

    Episode - TALKING BOOKS: Exploring Young Mungo

    Episode - TALKING BOOKS: Exploring Young Mungo

    I invited Daily Maverick's Mark Heywood (himself an author, and also a well-known activist who has spent decades fighting for justice) to join me to talk about Young Mungo, the second novel written by brilliant Douglas Stuart. Stuart won the Booker Prize for his stunning debut, Shuggie Bain.

    I couldn't ask for a better guest than Mark. He has a deep love of literature and of reading - he really remains a student of literature - and he found the evocative writing of Stuart in both of his novels to be moving, and a brilliant exposition of important structural realities and injustices in Great Britain that endure beyond the 1980s. 

    In this podcast episode, we delved into the major themes of these works (with a closer focus on Young Mungo). With Mark's intimate knowledge of the country where he spent time during his early years (he was schooled in Yorkshire), and of his beloved South Africa, he shone light on the many interesting layers beneath the shocking, dramatic and melancholic storylines of/in Young Mungo. The comparisons between Glasgow/Scotland, and our own community/communities here, are manifold. 

    [Enjoy the podcast. Buy the book. And remember to subscribe to In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser before you leave your preferred podcast platform. Kindly also rate the podcast on your app, and leave a comment.]

    Here, for your further interest, is my written review of the book too:

    https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times-daily/opinion-and-analysis/2022-05-19-book-review-the-quiet-violence-of-young-mungo/

    • 45 min
    Episode 93 - WHAT IF A PRO-BLACK ORGANISATION WANTED TO USE THE OLD SA FLAG TO CRITIQUE THE ANC?

    Episode 93 - WHAT IF A PRO-BLACK ORGANISATION WANTED TO USE THE OLD SA FLAG TO CRITIQUE THE ANC?

    The law only allows three exceptions to the use of symbols of hate such as the old SA flag. These exceptions include the usage of the symbol for purposes of bona fide artistic ends, academic endeavour or journalism. The gratuitous display of the old SA flag, for these reasons, has been declared as constituting hate speech.

    AfriForum is hoping to persuade the supreme court of appeal that general free speech rights are impermissibly restricted by such a declaration. The Nelson Mandela Foundation as well the Human Rights Commission argued that AfriForum's view, in turn, took inadequate account of the rights of dignity and equality which constrain the free speech rights AfriForum are asserting. The SCA now has to adjudicate the matter. 

    In this edition of In The Ring, advocate Ben Winks, who represented the NMF, joined me to discuss an aspect of the case that has been under the radar. What happens if a black person or a black-led and pro-black organisation used the old SA flag as part of their political speech rights such as, say, waving it publicly as a trenchant critique of the quality of the current ANC government? Would such usage also be deemed to be a celebration of white supremacy? Or ought we to distinguish such cases from the gratuitous display of the flag by right-wing organisations? How should the law handle this? Besides, such an instance would not be artistic, academic or journalistic? Should the law be expanded to include political usage of such symbols as another exemption from the hate speech laws? 

    We did not arrive at clear conclusions but framed the inherent legal, political and ethical complexities these questions occasion.

    • 21 min
    Episode 92 - (HOW) SHOULD WE DISRUPT REGULAR POLITICS?

    Episode 92 - (HOW) SHOULD WE DISRUPT REGULAR POLITICS?

    We often bitch and moan about the state of our politics. Justifiably so. There are glaring weaknesses in all of our main political parties- from the governing African National Congress to the two biggest opposition parties, Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters.
    Many smaller parties emerged in recent years, some doing well during the recent local government elections, but even they come with downsides such as populism and xenophobic sloganeering from their leaders. 
    This raises an obvious and very urgent set of questions: what's the alternative to our main political parties? Can we change the political landscape as civil society? Are there alternative pathways to a more just South Africa beyond formal party politics? Can we and should we reduce the power of politicians?
    I invited Mandla Isaacs to work through these issues with me. He is a political economist, public policy analyst and a Mason Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 
    Enjoy this latest episode of In The Ring and remember to subscribe to the podcast.

    • 36 min
    Episode 91 - ONLY RACISTS WANT TO WAVE THE OLD SOUTH AFRICAN FLAG GRATUITOUSLY

    Episode 91 - ONLY RACISTS WANT TO WAVE THE OLD SOUTH AFRICAN FLAG GRATUITOUSLY

    Afriforum is hiding behind free speech rights in order to justify their nostalgia for apartheid. In this episode of In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser I explain why the legal debate is less important than the political and moral debates.


    I explain why we should be concerned about anyone who desires to cling on to symbols of hate, symbols of trampling on black people's dignity. There are issues here that the law cannot settle. I frame these for public discussion. 


    The legal issues are less clear cut. In my view, Afriforum will probably lose the legal case but I do explain why, notwithstanding the legal brilliance and oratorical prowess of Adv Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, I think the legal issues are more complicated to make sense of than the political and moral dimensions. 

    • 25 min
    Episode 90 - SHOULD YOU BE ALLOWED TO TWEET WHAT YOU WANT?

    Episode 90 - SHOULD YOU BE ALLOWED TO TWEET WHAT YOU WANT?

    I asked University of Cape Town's Jacques Rousseau (lecturer in critical thinking and ethics) to help me puzzle through the latest instantiation of the free speech debate. It's been sparked by the news that Elon Musk, who describes himself as a free speech absolutist (whatever that means), is buying Twitter. 

    The difficulties are several: at a theoretical or principled level, what kinds of speech acts (if any) should be barred? And, related, how feasible is online policing of content anyway (assuming we can even make headway in defining what counts as 'harm', 'violence' etc.)

    There are a myriad complexities here. Dig in. Share the podcast. And debate it with your family, friends and colleagues. 

    For more of Jacques' work visit his blog which you can find at www.synapses.co.za

    • 26 min
    Episode 89 - HERE'S HOW YOU TACKLE RACISM AND OTHER FORMS OF OPPRESSION IN THE WORKPLACE

    Episode 89 - HERE'S HOW YOU TACKLE RACISM AND OTHER FORMS OF OPPRESSION IN THE WORKPLACE

    In this edition of In The Ring, I explain two ways in which you should NOT try to tackle racism, patriarchy and other forms of oppression in the workplace and elsewhere. There is a tendency to look for 'quick fixes', and I give examples of what these mistakes are. I outline, as an alternative, a different strategic pathway for companies to embark on, if they are genuinely committed to transforming the workplace - or any institution and any space - into a genuinely socially just environment that is safe for everyone, and conducive to productive behaviour, and entrenching norms such as fairness

    • 19 min

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