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The Looking Forward Podcast Christmas Special – The IPA’s Great Books for The Summer Break Part 2

The Looking Forward Podcast Christmas Special – The IPA’s Great Books for The Summer Break Part 2

December 18, 2019

This week continues The Looking Forward Podcast’s Christmas Special! IPA staff discuss their favourite books of the year with Chris and Scott, giving the titles you cannot miss. Today’s podcast features Zachary Gorman and Renee Gorman as they discuss The American Counter Revolution (3:06-20:52) and The Madness of Crowds (20:52-33:02), followed by Gideon Rozner and Daniel Wild on Corkscrewed (33:41-44:22) and The Rise of Victimhood Culture (44:22-58:49). The episode then finishes with Scott Hargreaves and Chris Berg reviews of Escape from Rome (59:05-1:16:16) and Rebooting AI (1:16:16- 1:26:47). Chris Berg also recommends Understanding the Blockchain Economy (1:27:11-1:27:27) and Cryptodemocracy (1:27:27-1:27:40).

Books discussed:

The American Counter Revolution

https://www.amazon.com/American-Counter-Revolution-Favor-Liberty-Americans/dp/3030037320

The Madness of Crowds

https://www.amazon.com.au/Madness-Crowds-Gender-Race-Identity/dp/1472959973/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3098XX7VHW9JN&keywords=the+madness+of+crowds+douglas+murray&qid=1576476850&s=books&sprefix=the+madness%2Cstripbooks%2C340&sr=1-1

Corkscrewed

https://www.amazon.com.au/Corkscrewed/dp/1925642127

The Rise of Victimhood Culture

https://www.amazon.com.au/Rise-Victimhood-Culture-Microaggressions-Spaces/dp/3319703285/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+rise+of+victimhood+culture&qid=1576476871&s=books&sr=1-1

Escape from Rome

https://www.amazon.com.au/Escape-Rome-Failure-Empire-Prosperity/dp/0691172188/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=escape+from+rome&qid=1576476891&s=books&sr=1-1

Rebooting AI

https://www.amazon.com.au/Rebooting-AI-Building-Artificial-Intelligence-ebook/dp/B07MYLGQLB/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=rebooting+AI&qid=1576476918&s=books&sr=1-1

Understanding the Blockchain Economy

https://www.amazon.com.au/Understanding-Blockchain-Economy-Institutional-Cryptoeconomics/dp/1788974999/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=understanding+the+blockchain+economy&qid=1576476946&s=books&sr=1-1

Cryptodemocracy

https://www.amazon.com.au/Cryptodemocracy-Blockchain-Democratic-Polycentricity-Institutional-ebook/dp/B07W6XVYW5/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=cryptodemocracy&qid=1576476968&s=books&sr=1-1

Christmas Special - The IPA’s Great Books For The Summer Break Part 1

Christmas Special - The IPA’s Great Books For The Summer Break Part 1

December 12, 2019

It’s The Looking Forward Podcast’s Christmas special! For the next two weeks IPA staff will be sharing their must-read book recommendations of the year for your summer reading with Chris and Scott. Today’s podcast has Andrew Bushnell and Dr Bella d’Abrera discuss Madame Bovary and Serotonin (1:46-25:08), followed by James Bolt and Peter Gregory on Catch & Kill and 12 Rules For Life (25:08-44:48), and then Theodora Pantelich and Kurt Wallace finish with The House of Government and My Father Left Me Ireland (44:48-1:11:13). We apologise for the delay of this week’s episode as we fell victim to nationwide internet outages.

Books discussed:

Madame Bovary

https://www.amazon.com/Madame-Bovary-Classics-Gustave-Flaubert/dp/0553213415

Serotonin

https://www.amazon.com/Serotonin-Novel-Michel-Houellebecq/dp/0374261024

Catch & Kill

https://www.amazon.com/Catch-Kill-Conspiracy-Protect-Predators-ebook/dp/B07TD413RV

12 Rules For Life

https://www.amazon.com.au/12-Rules-Life-Antidote-Chaos/dp/0345816021

The House of Government

https://www.amazon.com/House-Government-Saga-Russian-Revolution/dp/0691176949

My Father Left Me Ireland

https://www.amazon.com/My-Father-Left-Me-Ireland/dp/0525538658

Ep 46: Are We Haunted By Turnbull’s Ghost?

Ep 46: Are We Haunted By Turnbull’s Ghost?

December 4, 2019

Why did Pauline Hanson sink the bill to crack down on unions, and what good would it have done? (1:48-15:29) Ten years on since Tony Abbott rolled Malcom Turnbull over climate change, are we still being haunted by his political ghost? (15:29-27:51) Do the worrying signs in our economy justify calls for stimulus, or is it time to get back to the basics of wealth creation? (27:51-44:03) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Director of Policy, Gideon Rozner and Research Fellow Kurt Wallace to answer these questions as well as dive into their culture picks including Ted Gioia’s Music: A Subversive History, Llewelllyn Rockwell’s Against the Left, the late Clive James’ collection of essays Cultural Amnesia and the right-wing self-help book You Are the Message (44:03-1:06:02).

 

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019

https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/billsdgs/7040245/upload_binary/7040245.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22legislation/billsdgs/7040245%22

Anatomy of a defeat: how a thaw between unions and One Nation doomed the 'integrity' bill; The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/30/anatomy-of-a-defeat-how-a-thaw-between-unions-and-one-nation-doomed-the-integrity-bill

Statement on the Conduct of Monetary Policy (1996)

https://www.rba.gov.au/monetary-policy/framework/stmt-conduct-mp-1-14081996.html

 

Culture Picks:

Music: A Subversive History; Ted Gioia

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43886050-music

Against the Left: A Rothbardian Libertarianism; Llewellyn H Rockwell Jr

https://www.amazon.com/Against-Left-Libertarianism-Llewellyn-Rockwell/dp/099046315X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1A4CLF0BIO2TT&keywords=against+the+left+lew+rockwell&qid=1575353266&sprefix=against+the+left+%2Caps%2C355&sr=8-1

Cultural Amnesia – Necessary Memories from History and the Arts; Clive James

https://www.amazon.com.au/Cultural-Amnesia-Necessary-Memories-History/dp/0393061167/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=clive+james+cultural+amnesia&qid=1575355472&sr=8-2

You Are the Message: Getting What You Want by Being Who You Are; Roger Ailes

https://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Message-Getting-Being/dp/0385265425

Ep 45: Westpac: Woke Capitalism and the Compliance State

Ep 45: Westpac: Woke Capitalism and the Compliance State

November 27, 2019

The Federal Attorney General has proposed we treat social media companies as publishers. Will this punish Silicon Valley lefties or silence Australia’s conservative voices for fear of our crazy defamation laws? (1:59-24:04) As the CEO of our wokest bank, Westpac, taps the mat, what should we make of its bruising encounter with regulator Austrac’s over money-laundering claims? (24:04-37:12) Political parties are declining as social institutions so what does this mean for our democracy? (37:12-48:57) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by IPA Research Fellow, Andrew Bushnell and National Manager of Generation Liberty, Renee Gorman to discuss these questions as well as divulge their culture picks including the new documentary Rise of Jordan Peterson, a new book on the sorry state of our Universities, Season 3 of The Crown and the movie that launched film director Michael Mann (48:57-1:05:21).

 

Show Notes:

Christian Porter's defamation reform would be a catastrophic mistake; Dr Chris Berg and Dr Aaron Lane, Sydney Morning Herald

https://www.smh.com.au/national/christian-porter-s-defamation-reform-would-be-a-catastrophic-mistake-20191123-p53dg4.html

The Woke Bank Asleep at The Wheel; John Roskam, IPA Executive Director

https://ipa.org.au/publications-ipa/the-woke-bank-asleep-at-the-wheel

Get out of your own way, Unleashing productivity; Deloitte

https://www2.deloitte.com/au/en/pages/building-lucky-country/articles/get-out-of-your-own-way.html

Regulatory Dark Matter; Kurt Wallace, IPA Research Fellow

https://ipa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/IPA-Report-Regulatory-Dark-Matter-How-Unaccountable-Regulators-Subvert-Democracy-by-Imposing-Red-Tape-without-Transparency.pdf

John Howard warns of 'existential challenges' for Liberals and Nationals; Sydney Morning Herald

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/john-howard-warns-of-existential-challenges-for-liberals-and-nationals-20191121-p53cyn.html

 

Culture Picks:

The Rise of Jordan Peterson; Patricia Marcoccia

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10469384/

Melbourne screening of the Rise of Jordan Peterson

https://ipapeterson.eventbrite.com.au/

CAMPUS MELTDOWN The Deepening Crisis in Australian Universities; William O. Coleman

https://www.connorcourtpublishing.com.au/CAMPUS-MELTDOWN-The-Deepening-Crisis-in-Australian-Universities--William-O-Coleman-editor_p_288.html

The Crown Season 3; Peter Morgan

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4786824/

Thief; Michael Mann

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083190/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_8

Ep 44: What’s Next As China Slams Door On Liberal MPs And Hong Kong Protestors?

Ep 44: What’s Next As China Slams Door On Liberal MPs And Hong Kong Protestors?

November 20, 2019

Are we in the West too focussed on trade to tackle China’s on human rights abuses in Hong Kong and with the Uighurs?  (00:01-21:00)  Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says our ageing population is an “economic time bomb”, but is he just softening boomers up for another tax and pension raid?  (21:00-33:00)  Boris Johnson is ahead in the polls, Boris’ deal a real Brexit and why did the Brexit Party give up?  (33:00-44:00).

Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Evan Mulholland and Daniel Wild to answer these questions and share their culture picks including H.P. Lovecraft’s 1936 classic sci-fi/horror novella, At the Mountains of Madness, a podcast by the Herald Sun about the 1999 Victorian state election between Jeff Kennett and Steve Bracks, and the Man in the High Castle, a sci-fi series on Amazon Prime which explores what the world would look like had the Axis powers won WWII (44.00-01.03.53).

SHOW NOTES

Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust, Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis

https://www.amazon.com/Rebooting-AI-Building-Artificial-Intelligence-ebook/dp/B07MYLGQLB

Ageing population is 'economic time bomb': Frydenberg, Australian Financial Review

https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/ageing-population-is-economic-time-bomb-frydenberg-20191118-p53bgi

Paul Keating's speech on Australia's China policy – full text, The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/18/paul-keatings-speech-on-australias-china-policy-full-text

The Economics of ZPG, Chris Berg & Jason Potts, Quadrant

https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2016/04/economics-zero-population-growth/

These Are the Brexit Battlegrounds That Will Decide the U.K. Election, Bloomberg

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2019-uk-election-primer/

How’s That? Daniel Wild, IPA Review

https://ipa.org.au/ipa-review-articles/hows-that

At the Mountains of Madness, H. P. Lovecraft

https://www.amazon.com/At-Mountains-Madness-Other-Terror/dp/0345329457

Face Off, Herald Sun (podcast)

https://open.spotify.com/show/0GO20vX5zmC7yUIhwCdey3?si=9t24ThwgQGm2lPudYpGXY

The Man in the High Castle (TV series)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740299/

Corporate Virtue Signalling: How to Stop Big Business from Meddling in Politics, Jeremy Sammut

https://www.connorcourtpublishing.com.au/CORPORATE-VIRTUE-SIGNALLING-HOW-TO-STOP-BIG-BUSINESS-FROM-MEDDLING-IN-POLITICS--Jeremy-Sammut_p_264.html

Ep 43: Is Tony Abbott Our Biggest National Security Threat?

Ep 43: Is Tony Abbott Our Biggest National Security Threat?

November 13, 2019

What on earth is the Government up to with its Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme and how did Tony Abbott become Australia’s biggest threat to national security? (2:33-18:09) Where exactly is the Australian Research Council sending its grants the Humanities? (18:09-33:40) What does the reaction to the IPA’s ‘Race has no Place’ video say about the debate on the voice to parliament? (33:40-43:11)

Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Morgan Begg and Dr Bella D’Abrera to answer these questions and dive into their culture picks which include Netflix’s take on the Legend of Henry V, James Scott’s Against the Grain, David Watkin’s classic Morality and Architecture and the new Netflix investigation into Bill Gates’s brain (43:11-1:04:38)

 

Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2018

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2018A00063

Bella d’Abrera, IPA, The Humanities in Crisis: An Audit of Taxpayer-Funded ARC Grants

https://ipa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/The-Humanities-in-Crisis-An-Audit-of-Taxpayer-funded-Arc-Grants.pdf

IPA Video: Race Has No Place in the Constitution

https://ipa.org.au/ipa-tv/race-has-no-place-in-the-australian-constitution

Anthony Dillon on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Peoples (2017)

https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2017/07/constitutional-recognition-indigenous-peoples/

 

Culture Picks:

The King; Netflix

https://www.netflix.com/au/title/80182016

Against the Grain; James C. Scott

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34324534-against-the-grain

Morality and Architecture; David Watkin

https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/1856886.Morality_and_Architecture_Revisited

Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates; Netflix

https://www.netflix.com/au/title/80184771

 

Ep 42: Fall Of The Berlin Wall - 30 Years On

Ep 42: Fall Of The Berlin Wall - 30 Years On

November 6, 2019

What led to the remarkable fall of the Berlin Wall nearly thirty years ago and the collapse of the Soviet Union just two years later? What is the legacy and threat of communism as an ideology and a geo-political force? (2:12-1:01:10) In anticipation of the anniversary on November 9th,  your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg along with historians Dr Richard Allsop and Dr Zac Gorman answer these questions as well as divulge their Berlin Wall themed culture picks including film Barbara set in East Germany, Stephane Courtois’ The Black Book of Communism, a documentary on the Pope’s role in overcoming communism and John Le Carre’s classic The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1:01:10-1:17:21).

 

Show Notes:

The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy: Mikhail Gorbachev and the Collapse of the USSR (The New Cold War History); Chris Miller

https://www.amazon.com/Struggle-Save-Soviet-Economy-Gorbachev/dp/1469630176

Culture Picks:

Barbara; Christian Petzold

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2178941/

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression; Stephane Courtois

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/106169.The_Black_Book_of_Communism

Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism; David Naglieri

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5461680/

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold; John Le Carre

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19494.The_Spy_Who_Came_In_from_the_Cold

Ep 41: Driving Economic Growth - Lessons From The USA And Canada

Ep 41: Driving Economic Growth - Lessons From The USA And Canada

October 30, 2019

Why is Australia’s economic growth grinding to a halt while the US is going gangbusters? Might it have something to do with cutting red tape and reducing taxes? This week your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Director of Research, Daniel Wild, and special guest Dr Patrick McLaughlin, Director of Policy Analytics at the Washington DC based Mercatus Center. They’ll be tackling everything from a new tool being adopted by US and Canadian Governments to tackle Red Tape (RegData), the impact Trump has made on restraining the US bureaucracy, and whether artificial intelligence means robots will displace humans (1:54-43:16) as well as diving into culture picks including the new Steven Soderbergh film The Laundromat, Ian Mclean’s Why Australia Prospered, Neal Stephenson’s sci-fi classic The Diamond Age and Tyler Cowen’s Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero.

RegData: Australia; Mercatus Center

https://www.mercatus.org/publications/regulation/regdata-australia

How much law do we have to obey? Chris Berg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wV5kUDVcT0

How British Columbia Defeated Red Tape – And How We Can Too; Gideon Rozner

https://ipa.org.au/ipa-tv/how-british-columbia-defeated-red-tape-and-how-we-can-too

IPA’s Red Tape Research Program

https://ipa.org.au/research-areas/red-tape

Culture Picks:

Chris: The laundromat (Netflix)

https://www.netflix.com/au/title/80994011

Dan: Why Australia Prospered; Ian Mclean

https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691154671/why-australia-prospered

Patrick: The Diamond Age; Neal Stephenson

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/827.The_Diamond_Age

Scott: Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero; Tyler Cowen

https://www.amazon.com/Big-Business-Letter-American-Anti-Hero/dp/1250110548

Ep 40: Whose Right to Know?

Ep 40: Whose Right to Know?

October 23, 2019

Right to Know is a great principle to get behind, but why should journalists be given special legal privileges? And wouldn’t they need be licensed?  (2:05-19:03) Who would get to distinguish truth from lies in election campaigns under proposed new election advertising? (Hint: not you) (19:03-34:14) This Nobel Prize season the welcome focus on African achievements gets us thinking: how best to secure economic growth in the developing world? (34:14-47:12) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Andrew Bushnell and the Young IPA Podcast’s Peter Gregory to answer these questions as well as talk about their culture picks including so called whistleblower Edward Snowden’s memoir Permanent Record, Harold Bloom’s national bestseller The Western Canon, classic action film To Live and Die in L.A. and Netflix’s latest season of its Brummie crime drama Peaky Blinders (47:12-1:06:09).

 

Show Notes:           

Army’s reports kept secret to avoid flak on social media; The Australian

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/defence/armys-reports-kept-secret-to-avoid-flak-on-social-media/news-story/92b4d6fb4470dd90d409aa283350c01c

Liberal MPs complain about GetUp at inquiry into 2019 election; The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/21/liberal-mps-complain-about-getup-at-inquiry-into-2019-election

AEC reveals candidate privacy breach, while MPs call for truth in advertising laws; The Age

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/aec-reveals-candidate-privacy-breach-while-mps-call-for-truth-in-advertising-laws-20191022-p532z0.html

Promoting peace and reconciliation

https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/2019/press-release/

Research to help the world’s poor

https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/economic-sciences/2019/press-release/

Can privatisation solve Ethiopia’s problems? Marginal Revolution

https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2018/06/can-privatization-solve-ethiopias-problems.html

The Atlas Network’s Doing Development Differently Project.

https://www.atlasnetwork.org/difference/

Book Review: The White Man’s Burden; The Institute of Public Affairs

https://ipa.org.au/ipa-review-articles/hargreaves-review-white-mans-burden

Culture Picks:

Permanent Record; Edward Snowden

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46223297-permanent-record

The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages; Harold Bloom

https://www.amazon.com/Western-Canon-Books-School-Ages/dp/1573225142

The Western Canon reviewed by Scott Hargreaves; 100 Great Books of Liberty

https://ipa.org.au/ipa-today/the-books-and-schools-of-the-ages

List of books recommended by Harold Bloom in the Western Canon; Adelaide University

https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/l/literature/bloom/complete.html

To Live and Die in L.A; William Friedkin

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090180/ 

Peaky Blinders, Netflix

https://www.netflix.com/au/title/80002479

Ep 39: Enter the Dragon’s Den

Ep 39: Enter the Dragon’s Den

October 16, 2019

Is Extinction Rebellion giving protest a bad name and do we need tougher laws to crack down on their disruptive antics? (1:26-15:25) Is there a cultural cringe at our universities and is that why they’re killing off Australian history? (15:25-28:32) Has ScoMo caught the inquiry disease and become a do-nothing PM? As he might say, we’ll look into it! (28:32-41:40) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s very own Gideon Rozner and Renee Gorman to tackle these questions as well as dive into their culture picks such the recent Nobel Prize in economics, Stephen King’s classic horror novel “Pet Sematary”, Annelise Nielson’s bank bashing book “Money Spinners” and Jeffrey M. Chwieroth and Andrew Walter’s new book “The Wealth Effect”. (41:40-59:42).

Show Notes:

Calls to review 'excessive' protest laws in wake of Extinction Rebellion arrests, The Sydney Morning Herald

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/calls-to-review-excessive-protest-laws-in-wake-of-extinction-rebellion-arrests-20191010-p52zhq.html

Call to promote Australian culture, The Australian

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/call-to-promote-australian-culture/news-story/11fbc6cf6f4f4cd71cdbc042ccf07e8f

‘Universities neglect Australian studies’, The Australian

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/universities-neglect-australian-studies/news-story/ad2c525507ce1bf3ae830e317ce38841

Leaders told to lead and stop passing the buck to bureaucrats, The Australian

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/leaders-told-to-lead-and-stop-passing-the-buck-to-bureaucrats/news-story/57ed5a56d286e5c9ab289a4bba92b5c5

Culture Picks:

Nobel Prizes in Economic Sciences

https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/lists/all-prizes-in-economic-sciences/

The Poverty Lab, The New Yorker

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/05/17/the-poverty-lab

Pet Sematary, Stephen King

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33124137-pet-sematary

Annelise Nielson, Money Spinners

https://www.penguin.com.au/books/money-spinners-9781760893170

The Wealth Effect: How the Great Expectations of the Middle Class Have Changed the Politics of Banking Crises; Jeffrey M. Chwieroth; Andrew Walter

https://www.amazon.com/Wealth-Effect-Expectations-Changed-Politics/dp/131660778X

Wealth anxiety and political populism in democracies, Andrew Walter

http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/s/1182/match/wide.aspx?sid=1182&gid=1&pgid=17885&cid=25514&ecid=25514