The Looking Forward Podcast
Looking Forward Episode 70 “Double Déjà vu in Dan’s Victoria”

Looking Forward Episode 70 “Double Déjà vu in Dan’s Victoria”

July 8, 2020

It's a double case of  Déjà vu in Victoria as it enters Stage 3 lockdown once again, just as the State's finances look like they're headed for a crisis reminiscent of the 1990s, meaning the rest of Australia might once again have to bail it out.
The panel of Scott Hargreaves, Chris Berg and Daniel look at how the outbreak has derailed the national coronavirus containment strategy, and followed a series of failures by the State Government (2:25-22:19). They also analysed the electoral implications of Trump's landmark 4th July speech at Mt Rushmore, which drew the election battlelines with him the side of Western Civilisation versus cancel culture (22:19-39:42) and returning to Victoria the panel looks at IPA research showing the State's plunge into massive debt predated the COVID depression, driven by fantastically expensive transport projects.(39:42-53:45)
In the Books and Culture segment the panel reviews the forthcoming Friedman Conference, the release of the musical Hamilton on Disney streaming service, and demographer Joel Kotkin's book out of the USA on the middle class under pressure from what he calls "neo-feudalism".

 

Show Notes

 

Déjà vu in Dan Andrewstan; Daniel Wild

https://www.spectator.com.au/2020/07/deja-vu-in-dan-andrewstan/

 

Tunnel Vision; Scott Hargreaves and Daniel Wild

https://ipa.org.au/ipa-review-articles/tunnel-vision

 

Acting on Climate Change and Health in Victoria; Brett Sutton et al.

https://www.mja.com.au/system/files/issues/212_08/mja250527.pdf

 

Remarks by President Trump at South Dakota’s 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-south-dakotas-2020-mount-rushmore-fireworks-celebration-keystone-south-dakota/

 

Lin-Manuel Calls “Hamilton” Cancel Culture Criticisms “Valid”; Erika Marie

https://www.hotnewhiphop.com/lin-manuel-calls-hamilton-cancel-culture-criticisms-valid-news.113873.html

 

Culture Picks

 

Friedman Conference; Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance

https://www.alsfc.com.au/

 

The Coming of Neo-Feudalism; Joel Kotkin

https://www.amazon.com.au/Coming-Neo-Feudalism-Warning-Global-Middle-ebook/dp/B07VCG8RPF

 

Hamilton The Musical; Lin-Manuel Miranda

https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/hamilton/3uPmBHWlO6HJ

 

 

Looking Forward Episode 69 “Would You Like Fries With That?”

Looking Forward Episode 69 “Would You Like Fries With That?”

July 2, 2020

Will the increase in humanities course fees be effective driving job-ready graduates and incentivising academics to deliver meaningful degrees? (03:12-28:00). Modern day ‘witch hunts’ and cancel culture: what has our society come to when militant minorities can make your life hell? (28:01-43:49). The panel discusses the IPA’s new Podcast Five Favourite Books, kicking off with special guest Greg Sheridan as an exclusive to IPA members, and more generally the ideas and literature of our heritage. (47:01-53:19). Your co-hosts Scott Hargreaves and Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Bella d’Abrera to answer these questions as well as share their culture picks.

This week’s picks include The Room Where It Happened: A White House; John Bolton, The Spy and the Traitor; Ben Macintyre, and War for Eternity; Benjamin Teitelbaum. (55:46-1:15:05)

Show Notes

Special IPA Membership Offer: Five Favourite Book

https://ipa.org.au/bookoffer

Lead Headline and Sub-Header for The New York Times; Tyler Cowen https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2020/06/lead-headline-and-sub-header-for-the-new-york-times.html

Culture Picks

 The Room Where It Happened: A White House; John Bolton https://www.amazon.com/Room-Where-Happened-White-Memoir/dp/1982148039

The Spy and the Traitor; Ben Macintyre

https://www.amazon.com/Spy-Traitor-Greatest-Espionage-Story/dp/1101904194

War for Eternity; Benjamin Teitelbaum

https://www.penguin.com.au/books/war-for-eternity-9780241431078

Ep 68: Falling Statues & Falling Elites

Ep 68: Falling Statues & Falling Elites

June 17, 2020

The movement to tear down statues of historical figures and the past they represent has swept across continents. What do these statues represent and what is their place in the collective history of the nation? (1:57-25:24)

Former Minister, Adem Somyurek, resigned from the ALP after allegations of branch stacking. What light does this shed on the business model of political parties and what does it reveal about the nature of politics? (25:24-39:37)

The NRL has used the power of the people to fight to get out from under the COVID-19 government restrictions. Should other organisations follow suit and what does this tell us about how to get industries back up and running? (39:37-51:34)

Your co-hosts Scott Hargreaves and Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Zachary Gorman to answer these questions as well as share their culture picks. This week’s picks include Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionised American Music, Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and The Light as well as the popular YouTube channel PewdiePie. (51:34-1:06:16)

Ep 67: Policing Under Pressure

Ep 67: Policing Under Pressure

June 10, 2020

This week saw thousands of Australians breaking social distancing laws protesting racism. As more people vote with their feet and ignore lockdown laws, is the pandemic effectively over and what does this mean for lockdown laws? (2:15-16:29) The protestors in the United States are now advocating for the police force to be defunded. What is the place for the police in our society and what would reasonable reform entail? (16:29-30:45) At the New York Times a staff revolt forced an editor to resign just for publishing an opinion piece by a Republican Senator. Has campus woke culture taken over newspapers and is there still a place for legitimate debate in news outlets? (30:45-46:40) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Director of Policy, Gideon Rozner, to answer these questions as well as share their culture picks. This week’s picks include the Netflix series Space Force, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson’s Narrow Corridor and Ian Kershaw’s To Hell and Back. (46:40-1:02:41)

 

 

Show Notes

 

How Pandemics End; Gina Kolata

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/10/health/coronavirus-plague-pandemic-history.html

 

NSW Police Minister Says Protests Larger than 10 People will be Deemed Illegal; Lisa Visentin and Dana McCauley

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-police-minister-says-protests-larger-than-10-people-will-be-deemed-illegal-20200608-p550kr.html

 

Calls to Cut Funding for Police Grow in Wake of Protests; Eliza Collins

https://www.wsj.com/articles/calls-for-defunding-police-grow-in-wake-of-protests-11591663621?emailToken=4a15ee00fe662b2e33fb3cb14cc28622XAYX0AVtf0LjeZOVLBxGjGm8Jhg6o9i2JLxm42WdLJtzg4nn+t6M1Gpi2DoEKeGROWFeiUbm8vgwc8cq1oSk5VE99vuQfsWgpGzVplwEumg%3D&reflink=article_copyURL_share

 

Why Are the Police in Charge of Road Safety?; Alex Tabarrok

https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2020/06/why-are-the-police-in-charge-of-road-safety.html 

 

When Journalists Stop Believing in Debate; Damon Linker  

https://theweek.com/articles/918140/when-journalists-stop-believing-debate

 

 

 

Culture Picks

                                                                                                                                    

Space Force (TV Series)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Force_(TV_series)

 

The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty; Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

https://www.amazon.com.au/Narrow-Corridor-States-Societies-Liberty-ebook/dp/B07MCRLV2K

 

To Hell and Back: Europe 1914 - 1945; Ian Kershaw

https://www.amazon.com.au/Hell-Back-Europe-1914-1949/dp/0143109928

Ep 66: Where to Now?

Ep 66: Where to Now?

June 3, 2020

As protests and riots break out across America the important issues of policing and police immunities are getting lost, but will feature at election time. But when civil order is challenged by rioters, what options do Governments have but law and order? Is it Trump or the Democrat-controlled cities who have most to do? (2:12-40:02) The Federal Court made a landmark decision to hold a company liable for defamatory comments made by third parties on its Facebook page, putting the fear of god into all sorts of users of the platform? (40:02-46:54) The Liberal government has reached out to Big Business and Big Unions expecting industrial relations reform, but what hopes do we have when the process lacks both vision and involvement by the forgotten people? (46:54-56:24) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by IPA Adjunct Fellow Aaron Lane to answer these questions as well as share their culture picks. This week's picks include the movie The Leopard, the hit tv-series The Great and John Grisham's The Guardians. (56:24-1:05:57)

 

Show Notes

ACTU Rump in Morrison's Tent But Quiet Aussies Are Left Out; Daniel Wild

https://ipa.org.au/publications-ipa/opinion/actu-rump-in-morrisons-tent-but-quiet-aussies-are-left-out

Monopoly on Violence; Max Weber

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopoly_on_violence#Max_Weber's_theory

Our leaders have dithered and lied about the riots as the nation goes up in flames; Tucker Carlson

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-nation-flames-leaders-dithered

 

Culture Picks

The Great (TV Series); Tony McNamara

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_(miniseries)

The Leopard (Movie); Luchino Visconti

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057091/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

The Guardians; John Grisham

https://www.amazon.com.au/Guardians-John-Grisham/dp/0385544189

 

Ep 65: Liberalising Australia: Then and Now.

Ep 65: Liberalising Australia: Then and Now.

May 27, 2020

As Australia is once again faced with the desperate need to liberalise and our reinvigorate our economy post-lockdown, we're joined by an intellectual warrior of the last great era of reform in 80's and 90's, Professor Emeritus Wolfgang Kasper, to explore what's similar and what's different between then and now, and what are the eternal truths about how to mobilise labour, capital and entrepreneurship by cutting red and green tape and getting government out of the way.

Drawing on compelling case studies from post-war German, Spain, Malaysia and indeed Australia, liberalisation is shown to deliver great benefits. But there is a whole new challenge to be faced, and not just from left, as free market reformers grapple with an intellectual landscape convinced deregulation somehow failed and that Governments are best placed to mobilise capital, and the exposure of reliance on China for key supplies has changed everything. The best responses draw on the greats, on Locke and Smith, and also the simple realities of trade where it impossible to untangle supply chains. Wolfgang joins regular co-hosts Scott Hargreaves and Chris Berg and guest panelist Andrew Bushnell to discuss needed reforms, reflect on the Prime Minister's National Press Club address, and question whether the language of reform in the 80's will cut through in 2020s.

Ep 64: Can WHO Be Cured?

Ep 64: Can WHO Be Cured?

May 20, 2020

Just as Trump throws a grenade at the WHO it agrees to a bodged up review into the coronavirus pandemic. Is there a place for a global health organisation that has underperformed and who is possibly doing more harm than good? (2:20-16:10) Peter Ridd, featured on the IPA’s new Heretic Podcast, was sacked by James Cook University for speaking out against its climate change studies. The Heretic’s auteur Gideon Rozner tells how the Podcast came to be (16:10-30:56) The ACCC is drafting a code which will force technology giants to pay media companies for their news. Is this just evening up the bargaining power or a catastrophically dumb and outrageous example of government sanctioned theft (thanks Chris)? (30:56-50:40) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Gideon Rozner to answer these questions as well as share their culture picks. This week’s picks include the hit Australian TV series Lego Masters, Peter Coleman’s The Liberal Conspiracy and the Netflix film Have a Good Trip. (50:40-1:08:24)

 

Show Notes

The Heretic Membership Offer

https://ipa.org.au/hereticoffer

 

Donald Trump’s letter to Dr. Tedros of the World Health Organisation

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1262577580718395393

 

ACCC calls for consultation to set news bargain between Google, Facebook and media; Lilly Vitorovich and Leo Shanahan

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/accc-calls-for-consultation-to-set-new-bargain-between-google-facebook-and-media/news-story/c939c778bb7d72aa3dd2cb717c816b83

 

Lego Can Avoid Ai WeiWei, But It Can’t Avoid Politics; Chris Berg

https://chrisberg.org/2015/10/lego-can-avoid-ai-weiwei-but-it-cant-avoid-politics/

 

Did Lego Really Block Ai WeiWei?; Scott Hargreaves

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/did-lego-really-block-ai-weiwei-scott-hargreaves/

 

 

Culture Picks 

Lego Masters

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_Masters_(Australian_TV_series)

 

The Liberal Conspiracy: The Congress for Culture Freedom and the Struggle for the Mind of Postwar Europe; Peter Coleman

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/0029064813/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_9JZWEbGWJZ2QM

 

Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/have_a_good_trip_adventures_in_psychedelics

Ep 63: A Return To Freedom?

Ep 63: A Return To Freedom?

May 13, 2020

The government has introduced a three-stage plan to return Australians to some form of normalcy. What are these decisions based off and is the uncertainty over the consequences small enough? (2:07-20:30) Sweden has been the most prominent and controversial example of an alternative lockdown model. How does their response shape the debate between social vs medical outcomes of pandemics? (20:30-40:42) Finally, the panel reflects on the systematic thoughts of the late Sir Roger Scruton, asking what will conservatism look like post COVID-19? (40:42-59:59) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Andrew Bushnell to answer these questions as well as share their culture picks. This week's picks include three new TV series: Normal People, The Last Dance and The English Game. (59:59-1:18:12)

 

Show Notes

Consummate Conservative; Andrew Bushnell

https://ipa.org.au/ipa-review-articles/consummate-conservative

Lockdowns in SIR Models; Benjamin Moll

https://benjaminmoll.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/SIR_notes.pdf

We Know Everything – And Nothing – About Covid; Matt Ridley

http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/we-know-everything-and-nothing/

How Pandemics End; Gina Kolata

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/10/health/coronavirus-plague-pandemic-history.html

No return to the policy status quo: Albanese; Phillip Coorey

https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/no-return-to-the-policy-status-quo-albanese-20200510-p54rjj

 

Culture Picks

Normal People; TV series directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9059760/

The Last Dance; TV series directed by Jason Hehir

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8420184/

The English Game; TV series directed by Julian Fellowes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_English_Game

 

Ep 62: Let’s Get Back to Work

Ep 62: Let’s Get Back to Work

May 6, 2020

This week the Government focus is finally on getting Australians back to work. But with coronavirus panic still a factor, will the public take the PM’s lead or vote with leaden feet? (1:34-21:42) Daniel Andrews has self-isolated in refusing to reopen Victorian schools, but do health risks really out-weigh social and economic impacts? (21:42-34:54) With negotiations for a trans-Tasman travel bubble underway, what’s the next stage in the long history of Australia and New Zealand’s relationship? (34:54-48:09) Co-hosts Scott Hargreaves and Chris Berg are joined by IPA Research Fellow, Dara Macdonald, to answer these questions as well as share their culture picks. This week’s picks include The Great Influenza, Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis and Randolph Churchill’s Young Statesman. (48:09-1:08:54)

 

Show Notes

Have a COVID-19 Plan; National COVID-19 Coordination Commission

https://pmc.gov.au/nccc/have-covid-19-plan

COVID-19 information for workplaces; Safe Work Australia

https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces

This could be the start of a terrible friendship; Katrina Grace Kelly (Fair Work & JobsKeeper)

The Australian, May 2, 2020 ($)

Schools are reopening, so here’s a guide to the situation in each State and Territory; ABC

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-04/australian-schools-reopening-after-coronavirus-closures/12211526

COVID-19 in schools – the experience in NSW
ncirs.org.au

New Zealand and Australian Federation; Ged Martin

https://www.gedmartin.net/australia-new-zealand-and-federation-1883-1901-c

 

Culture Picks

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History; John M. Barry

https://www.amazon.com.au/Great-Influenza-Deadliest-Pandemic-History/dp/0143036491

De Profundis; Oscar Wilde

https://www.amazon.com/Profundis-Oscar-Wilde/dp/150582480X

Young Statesman: Winston S. Churchill 1901-1914; Randolph S. Churchill

https://www.amazon.com/Young-statesman-Winston-Churchill-1901/dp/B002KZQTG2

Ep 61: Download Or Else

Ep 61: Download Or Else

April 30, 2020

Over three million Australians have downloaded the COVIDSafe App but the Australian Government has a terrible record on digital security and privacy. Co-hosts Scott Hargreaves and Chris Berg are joined by IPA Adjunct Fellow Matthew Lesh - now Director of Research at the Adam Smith Institute in London - to discuss this plus the UK's own experience of coronavirus as the Tories struggle to implement Brexit and find a coherent agenda for growth when Big Government holds sway. Plus they look at the forces pushing for and against the survival of the European Union as Eurocrats centralise more power but the struggling Euro threatens to blow up the whole financial system.

Books and Culture picks include Albert Camus' The Plague
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Plague

The TV series Jack Ryan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Ryan_(TV_series), and

The essay on Nassim Nicholas Taleb by Allan Farrington at Medium, A Tale of Two Talebs
https://medium.com/@allenfarrington/a-tale-of-two-talebs-1775dff3302b

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