The Looking Forward Podcast
Ep 30: The Centre-Right Is Alive And Well

Ep 30: The Centre-Right Is Alive And Well

August 14, 2019

Is the Keneally-fuelled success of the inaugural CPAC Australia conference a one-off or another sign of a vibrant centre-right movement?  (01:40-14:20).  What is it with Greta Thunberg and her alarmist followers; and does the elite encouragement reveal the deeper agenda of expanding State control? (14:20-25:10).  How does the case of Comcare v Banerji, in which a public servant used an anonymous Twitter account to criticise the government’s immigration policy, differ from the Israel Folau case? (25:10-27:30).  Scott Hargreaves is joined by Dr Richard Allsop, Evan Mulholland and Gideon Rozner to discuss these questions and share their culture picks, including Nikki Sava’s latest book on the downfall of Malcolm Turnbull, John Ruddick’s argument for more democracy in the Liberal Party, a dark (if not nihilist) comedy on HBO/Foxtel starring former SNL actor Bill Hader as a hit man who wants to be an actor, and Anne Henderson’s new book on 19th century free trade Labor politician, Paddy Glynn (34:10-56:00).

 

Show notes:

 

German meat tax proposal a risk to consumption, Fitch says

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/economics/german-meat-tax-proposal-a-risk-to-consumption-fitch-says/news-story/170869b035582cfc6d91a46ebb07f8a1

In praise of the bands that said no to Greta Thunberg

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/08/in-praise-of-the-bands-that-said-no-to-greta-thunberg/

Outrage culture is killing free speech, Andrew Bushnell

https://www.spectator.com.au/2019/08/outrage-culture-is-killing-free-speech/

The Road to Ruin, Niki Savva

https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-road-to-ruin-niki-savva/prod9781925322729.html

On Mutiny, David Speers

https://www.booktopia.com.au/on-mutiny-david-speers/prod9780522875065.html

 

Culture picks:

Plots and Prayers: Malcolm Turnbull's demise and Scott Morrison's ascension, Niki Savva

https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/plots-and-prayers-malcolm-turnbulls-demise-and-scott-morrisons-ascension-by-niki-savva-9781925849189

Make the Liberal Party Great Again, John Ruddick

https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/make-the-liberal-party-great-again-by-john-ruddick-9781925642568

Barry, HBO

https://www.hbo.com/barry

Federation’s Man of Letters – Patrick McMahon Glynn, Anne Henderson

https://www.connorcourtpublishing.com.au/FEDERATION’S-MAN-OF-LETTERS-PATRICK-McMAHON-GLYNN--Anne-Henderson_p_278.html

Ep 29: Conceptual Engineering And The Death Of The English Language

Ep 29: Conceptual Engineering And The Death Of The English Language

August 7, 2019

Does Noel Pearson’s argument that ‘the Voice’ is based on indigeneity and not race stand up? (01:30-17:00) What are the options for conservatives seeking to combat internet mobs and academic packs bent on defaming (or downright destroying) an individual, as happened recently to Nigel Biggar and Roger Scruton? (17:00-35:00)  And does the Melbourne Institute’s latest HILDA survey really show a rise in inequality? (90:35-0:45) Dr Chris Berg and Scott Hargreaves are joined by Dr Bella D’Abrera and Andrew Bushnell to discuss these questions and share their culture picks, including a book on the unresolved legacy of the Vietnam War by Pulitzer Price-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen (0:45-0:49), the final cut of the classic 1979 film ‘Apocalypse Now’(0:49-0:54), a Latin American soap opera on the Liberator, Simón Bolívar (0:54-:59) and Geoffrey Blainey’s autobiography, ‘Before I Forget’ (0:59-01:03:22).

Quillette podcast with Toby Young and Nigel Biggar on how to deal with online outrage mobs

https://player.fm/series/quillette-podcast/quillettes-toby-young-talks-to-professor-nigel-biggar-about-academic-outrage-mobs-and-how-to-defeat-them

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Thanh Nguyen

https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674660342

Before I Forget by Geoffrey Blainey

https://www.penguin.com.au/books/before-i-forget-9781760890339

Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Statistical Report 2019

https://melbourneinstitute.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/3127664/HILDA-Statistical-Report-2019.pdf

Noel Pearson’s remarks to the Key Forum, Cape York Institute, 3 August 2019

https://capeyorkpartnership.org.au/all-updates/all-we-seek-is-our-rightful-place-thank-you/

Bolivar on Netflix

https://www.netflix.com/au/title/80220422

Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut

https://apocalypsenowfinalcut.com/

Ep 28: Who Doesn’t Have Access To Your Metadata Now?

Ep 28: Who Doesn’t Have Access To Your Metadata Now?

July 31, 2019

Why are not just the police but also councils and dozens of government agencies allowed to access your metadata without a warrant? (01:40-15:15) Do digital platforms like Google and Facebook need more regulation, and why on earth is the ACCC seeking to solve ‘fake news’ and prop up traditional media? (15:15-37:50) Is Barnaby Joyce right to say Newstart should be increased, and how should we think about it?  (37:50-50:35) Dr Chris Berg and Scott Hargreaves are joined by Kurt Wallace and Professor Jason Potts to discuss these questions and share their culture picks: a podcast by Reason on postmodernism, a brilliant comedy called ‘Fleabag’ from Amazon Prime via the ABC, John Marsden's new book 'The Art of Growing Up', and a fascinating ABC documentary series on the people and history of the Torres Strait (50:35-01:06:42). 

ACCC, Digital Platforms Inquiry – Final Report

https://www.accc.gov.au/publications/digital-platforms-inquiry-final-report

Blue Water Empire, Series 1 Episode 1, ABC iView

https://iview.abc.net.au/show/blue-water-empire/series/1/video/IP1505Q001S00

Is Postmodernism Marxist or Libertarian? A Soho Forum Debate, Reason

https://pca.st/s53I

Fleabag, ABC Comedy

https://iview.abc.net.au/show/fleabag

The Art of Growing Up

https://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781760556723/

Ep 27: “Now Hearing The Case Of Taxpayer v Taxpayer”

Ep 27: “Now Hearing The Case Of Taxpayer v Taxpayer”

July 24, 2019

If JCU appeals to a higher court, should the Commonwealth cover Peter Ridd’s legal costs? (03:50-20:50)  Is George Calombaris really the whipping boy for ‘wage theft’, and what does that phrase actually mean?  (20:50-31:50)  And is BoJo as UK PM really the ‘new Trump’?  (31:55-43:45)  Dr Chris Berg and Scott Hargreaves are joined by Evan Mulholland and Gideon Rozner to discuss these questions and share their culture picks, including Memoirs of Roman Emperor Hadrian, a collection of essays on free speech, Trump etc from American Psycho author Brett Easton Ellis, the actual book of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (which doesn’t follow the left’s narrative), and ‘The Loudest Voice’ miniseries on Stan about Fox News founder Roger Ailes, played by Russell Crowe subtly subverting the caricature. (43:45-1:04).

SHOW NOTES

Christian Porter: Commonwealth could fund Peter Ridd’s fight against James Cook University, Joe Kelly, The Australian

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/christian-porter-commonwealth-could-fund-peter-ridds-fight-against-james-cook-uni/news-story/fcf614cf33ec9b088ea2fcf9e6949455

Against Public Broadcasting: Why and how we should privatise the ABC, Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

https://www.connorcourtpublishing.com.au/Against-Public-Broadcasting-Why-and-how-we-should-privatise-the-ABC--Chris-Berg-and-Sinclair-Davidson_p_177.html

Memoirs of Hadrian, Marguerite Yourcenar

https://www.bookdepository.com/Memoirs-Hadrian-Marguerite-Yourcenar/9780141184968

White, Brett Easton Ellis

http://breteastonellis.com/books/

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

http://margaretatwood.ca/shop/

The Loudest Voice

https://www.sho.com/the-loudest-voice

The Loudest Voice in the Room, Gabriel Sherman

https://www.gabrielsherman.com/

Ep 26: What Does Scott Morrison Actually Think About Recognition

Ep 26: What Does Scott Morrison Actually Think About Recognition

July 18, 2019

The panellists decipher the Morrison Government’s mixed messages on a Voice to Parliament and consider the real difficulties with a changing the constitution (1:20-18:22) then argue the pros and cons of an LNP proposal to set up an Office of Science Quality Assurance to challenge the science relied upon by bureaucrats (18:22-33:41) and seek to understand the National Conservatism launch, a big conservative confab in the USA (33:42-51:06). In the Books and Culture segment the panellists looks at some book which bear on the story of indigenous Australia prior to European settlement, an book smuggled out of North Korea at great danger to the author’s life, David Epstein’s Range, and Season 3 of Stranger Things.

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/550188/range-by-david-epstein/9780735214484/
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/11/the-accusation-forbidden-stories-from-inside-north-korea-by-bandi-review
https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/national-conservatism-conference-why-nationalism-and-why-now/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4574334/
https://www.booktopia.com.au/dark-emu-bruce-pascoe/prod9781921248016.html
https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/general-books/history/The-Biggest-Estate-on-Earth-Bill-Gammage-9781743311325

Special Episode: Troy Bramston

Special Episode: Troy Bramston

July 15, 2019

A very special episode of The Looking Forward Podcast as Troy Bramston, senior writer with The Australian, joins Dr Chris Berg, Scott Hargreaves and Richard Allsop to discuss his new book Robert Menzies: The Art Of Politics. The panel cover Australia's life, his political fights and his legacy, while also talking about how the original IPA Looking Forward document underpinned many of Menzies' policies in office. 

Purchase your copy of Robert Menzies: The Art of Politics here: https://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/books/robert-menzies

Ep 25: How Not to Protect Religious Freedom

Ep 25: How Not to Protect Religious Freedom

July 10, 2019

How should government protect free speech and religious freedom? (1:50-19:38) How much (more) should taxes actually be cut? (19:38- 38:09) And why is Trump planning to send taxpayer dollars to the Moon? (38:09-49:22) Dr Chris Berg and Scott Hargreaves are joined by Aaron Lane and Kurt Wallace to answer these questions and share their culture picks, including The Terror, Yesterday, Groen's essays on the French Revolution, and Clive James' translation of Dante's Inferno (49:22-1:05:39).

SHOW NOTES:

Mass Death Dies Hard, Clive James in IPA Review

https://ipa.org.au/ipa-today/massdeathdieshard?highlight=clive%20james

The Terror

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

Yesterday

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8079248/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

Unbelief and Revolution, Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer

https://www.amazon.com/Unbelief-Revolution-Lexham-Classics-Prinsterer/dp/168359228X

The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri, translation by Clive James

https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/clive-james/the-divine-comedy/9781447244226 

Ep 24: What Will Freedom Look Like In 2050?

Ep 24: What Will Freedom Look Like In 2050?

July 3, 2019

It's the first live episode of Looking Forward! Recorded at the Australian Libertarian Society's Friedman Conference last month, Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg were joined by John Roskam and Renee Gorman in a crowded theatre to discuss the future of freedom in Australia and internationally in such areas as freedom of speech, the future of technology and national security with great questions from Looking Forward listeners.

Ep 23: Should GoFundMe Repent?

Ep 23: Should GoFundMe Repent?

June 26, 2019

What is the fallout of GoFundMe's decision to remove Israel Folau's fundraising campaign from its website? (1:33 - 29:04) Donald Trump launches his 2020 campaign - what should his election strategy be? (29:04 - 41:33) And what does Scott Morrison's recent speech on red tape mean for Australia's economy? (41:33-52:34) Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by Daniel Wild and Renee Gorman to discuss these questions and share their culture picks for the week, including The Whitlams, a new book by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, Child's Play and the Cricket World Cup.

SHOW NOTES:

The collection of the IPA’s work on red tape

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

The Death Camp of Tolerance South Park episode

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0705969/

Love This City, The Whitlams

https://open.spotify.com/album/3sIHMtI9WworI4PRHWuTeB

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, Greta Thunberg

https://www.amazon.com.au/One-Too-Small-Make-Difference-ebook/dp/B07R996JNV/ref=sr_1_3?qid=1561531620&refinements=p_27%3AGreta+Thunberg&s=books&sr=1-3

Child’s Play

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8663516/

Special Episode: Dr Peter Ridd

Special Episode: Dr Peter Ridd

June 21, 2019

Dr Peter Ridd joins The Looking Forward Podcast to discuss his legal case with James Cook University, the science of the Great Barrier Reef, the state of academic freedom and scientific research, and what his ordeal means for other academics who want to speak their mind.