The Looking Forward Podcast
Ep 32: Has Disney Won The Trade War?

Ep 32: Has Disney Won The Trade War?

August 28, 2019

The G7 summit last week saw new tariffs but also an outbreak in niceness. Are Trump’s tariffs part of some grand master plan to win the trade war? (1:50-17:25) In the context of the Royal Commission into child sex abuse, new laws for mandatory reporting are making a big show of challenging the seal of the confession. Is this a violation of religious freedom? (17.25 – 33:00) Disney has just announced a plethora of new movies, begging the question, what are the economic and cultural ramifications of the industry giant? (33:00 – 48:12) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by Andrew Bushnell and Christian Kerr to answer these questions, as well as divulging their culture picks such as Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, nostalgic 80’s TV show Stranger Things, rock stars Nick Cave and Warren Ellis with the MSO and Netflix TV show Mindhunter Season 2. (48:12 – 1:03:16)

Show Notes:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7131622/

Stranger Things, Netflix

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4574334/ 

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis with the MSO

https://www.mso.com.au/whats-on/2019/nick-cave-warren-ellis/

Mindhunter Season 2, Netflix

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5290382/

Ep 31: Hong Kong: Nobody Puts Freedom In The Corner

Ep 31: Hong Kong: Nobody Puts Freedom In The Corner

August 21, 2019

With 1.7 out of 7.4 million people protesting in Hong Kong, the Chinese Government is under scrutiny as never before (1:35-23:40). In the latest of a series of devastating results, the federal court has dismissed a significant case that ASIC launched against Westpac. Is ASIC too hard, too soft, or just incompetent? (23:40-36:50). Donald Trump wants to buy Greenland, however, the Danish Prime Minister says she has no interest. Is this the biggest real-estate deal on earth, or a decision for the locals? (36:50-44:19). Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by Daniel Wild and Dr Zac Gorman to discuss these questions and share their culture picks, including China born British writer, Ma Jian, and his book China Dream, Toy Story 4 and its commentary on communism, Karl Popper’s old classic The Open Society and Its Enemies, and Steve Smith’s remarkable comeback in the latest Ashes series. (46:50-59:04).

 

Show Notes:

What If Everyone’s Wrong About China?  Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-08-19/china-s-liberalization-shouldn-t-be-ruled-out-just-yet?utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_content=economics&utm_medium=social&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-economics&utm_source=twitter

Engineers of the Soul: Ideology in Xi Jinping's China by John Garnaut,

https://sinocism.com/p/engineers-of-the-soul-ideology-in

The State Strikes Back: The End of Economic Reform in China

https://www.piie.com/bookstore/state-strikes-back-end-economic-reform-china

ASIC loses landmark case against Westpac, Tim Boyd, Financial Review

https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/asic-loses-landmark-case-against-westpac-20190813-p52ggy

Why does Donald Trump want to buy Greenland?  Phillip Inman, The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/19/why-does-donald-trump-want-to-buy-greenland

Donald Trump, Twitter

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1163961882945970176?s=20

Dr Jennifer Marohasy at Climate Change Concern Forum in Maroochydore, Institute of Public Affairs, YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVlu-7_FxD8&feature=youtu.be

 

Culture Picks:

Chinese Dream, Ma Jian

https://www.amazon.com/China-Dream-Ma-Jian/dp/178474249X

Toy Story 4

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1979376/

The Open Society and Its Enemies, Karl R.Popper

https://www.amazon.com/Open-Society-Its-Enemies-One/dp/0691158134

Steve Smith’s comeback at The Ashes

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/smith-wade-centuries-steer-resurgent-australia-to-commanding-position-20190805-p52dsz.html

 

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/