The Looking Forward Podcast
Ep 36: Coal Is Good

Ep 36: Coal Is Good

September 25, 2019

Scott Morrison’s diplomacy in his trip the USA was all matey and bit cringy, but successful, and he got out of town just in time for the Democrats to declare the Ukraine/Biden/Trump imbroglio was enough for impeachment. (1:45-19:54) New Hope Mine in Queensland is mired in approval hell in Australia’s longest running mine dispute and it’s time the legal privileges given to environmental activists are wound back (19:54-30:28) What’s Buggin’ Kevin this week? The two-time former PM thinks the ABC favours the Greens (who knew?) and the main threat to democracy is the Murdoch Empire, and. What other gems can be found in his speech? (30:28-42:08) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Dr Zac Gorman and Kurt Wallace to answer these questions as well as dive into their culture picks such as Dream Machine, a reflection on the NRL’s Canberra Raiders and what they reveal about our nation’s capital, and Austro Libertarian Magazine: a new journal of Austrian economics and libertarianism (42:08-1:02:48).

Show Notes:

Donald Trump will (probably) never be impeached
https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/donald-trump-will-probably-never-be-impeached/news-story/614d49331269f6d64e71b14e175f046d 

New Hope blasts green groups’ loophole on secondary boycotts, Brad Thompson
https://www.afr.com/companies/mining/new-hope-blasts-green-groups-loophole-on-secondary-boycotts-20190922-p52toq 

Oakey businesses owners threatened with boycotts have called for calm, John McCarthy
https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/oakey-businesses-owners-threatened-with-boycotts-have-called-for-calm/news-story/1c854274a6ccc7dc5b50c610245a6bad 

The Complacent Country: Alternative Visions for Australia’s Democracy, The Need for a Royal Commission into the Abuse of Media Power, Kevin Rudd
http://kevinrudd.com/2019/08/29/the-complacent-country-alternative-visions-for-australias-democracy-the-need-for-a-royal-commission-into-the-abuse-of-media-power/ 

Culture Picks: 

The Dream Machine: J.C.R. Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal, M. Mitchell Waldrop
https://www.amazon.com/Dream-Machine-Licklider-Revolution-Computing/dp/0670899763

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
https://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Hall-Hilary-Mantel/dp/0312429983 

The 100 best books of the 21st century
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/21/best-books-of-the-21st-century 

Australia’s Biggest 13 Mistakes, The Institute of Public Affairs
https://ipa.org.au/ipa-review-articles/australias-13-biggest-mistakes 

Austro Libertarian Magazine
https://www.austrolibertarian.com/magazine 

Ep 35: Woke Museums And The Parisian Nonsense Machine

Ep 35: Woke Museums And The Parisian Nonsense Machine

September 18, 2019

 

Following the ACCC’s digital platforms inquiry, Facebook amongst others has argued its recommendations make targeted advertising unworkable. Are the proposed regulations just protecting weaker competitors? (1:21-17:03) As incarceration rates rise to unsustainable levels, how can we make punishment work while offering a path to redemption and a productive life? (17:03-32:16) There’s been an outbreak of wokeness at the International Council for Museums (yes, it exists), and the new (and interminable) definition of  “museum” is the distilled essence of post-modern nonsense. (32:16-47:27) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s criminal justice expert Andrew Bushnell and adjunct fellow Sinclair Davidson to answer these questions as well as divulge their culture picks which include American drama series Boardwalk Empire, Netflix’s Spanish crima dramas Money Heist, the latest Blockchain books authored by Chris and Sinclair themselves, and Amazon Prime’s new series The Boys.

 

Show Notes

Why Western Australia Needs Criminal Justice Reform, Andrew Bushnell

https://ipa.org.au/publications-ipa/why-western-australia-needs-criminal-justice-reform

From jail to earning $150k a year – Korey Penny’s case could be a blueprint for WA prison reform

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-05/prison-incarceration-rates-rise-steeply-in-wa/11475350

Trying to redefine museums: a disease of our times (Henry Ergas)

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/trying-to-redefine-museums-a-disease-of-our-times/news-story/8412ab485b9f29ecc68c2c688eb8a341

Digital Platforms Inquiry

https://consult.treasury.gov.au/structural-reform-division/digital-platforms-inquiry/

Culture Picks:

Boardwalk Empire (Terence Winter)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0979432/

Money Heist (Alex Pina)

https://www.netflix.com/title/80192098

Understanding the Blockchain Economy: An Introduction to Institutional Cryptoeconomics, Chris Berg; Sinclair Davidson; Jason Potts

https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/understanding-the-blockchain-economy

Cryptodemocracy: How Blockchain Can Radically Expand Democratic Choice, Darcy Allen; Chris Berg; Aaron Lane

https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498579636/Cryptodemocracy-How-Blockchain-Can-Radically-Expand-Democratic-Choice

The Boys (Garth Ennis, Seth Rogen et al)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1190634/

 

Ep 34: 1.2 Million Reasons Why JCU Should’ve Left Peter Ridd Alone

Ep 34: 1.2 Million Reasons Why JCU Should’ve Left Peter Ridd Alone

September 11, 2019

The government is pushing ahead with plans to extend trials of the cashless welfare card, but with it will we see the start of drug testing Newstart recipients? (1:36-14:50) The Federal Circuit Court has awarded Peter Ridd $1.2 million following the decision that he was unlawfully terminated by James Cook University. With JCU likely to appeal, is it finally time for Education Minister, Dan Tehan, to step in? (14:50-28:01) Robert Mugabe, leader of Zimbabwe post-independence, has passed away at the age of 95. What does the post-colonial mess that is Zimbabwe tell us about the vital role of institutions in fostering development and freedom? (28:06-40:30) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Evan Mulholland and Dr Zac Gorman to answer these questions and dive into their culture picks such as Samuel Gregg’s book Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilisation, Scott Pape’s economic bestseller The Barefoot Investor,  new movies, Apollo 11 and First Man, on the historic moon landing and the great Victor Davis Hanson’s podcast on the lessons of the Versailles Treaty (40:30-59:40).

Show Notes:

Robert Mugabe: From Liberator to Tyrant

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27519044

U.N chief lauds Mugabe role in fighting apartheid

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/latest-robert-mugabe-zimbabwe-leader-dies-95-65425412

Culture Picks:

Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilisation, Samuel Gregg

https://www.amazon.com/Reason-Faith-Struggle-Western-Civilization-ebook/dp/B07F6P81DX

The Barefoot Investor, The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need, Scott Pape

https://www.amazon.com.au/Barefoot-Investor-2018-Update-Money/dp/0730324214

Apollo 11, Todd Douglas Miller

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8760684/

First Man, Damien Chazelle

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8760684/

The Lessons of the Versailles Treaty, Victor Davis Hanson

https://amgreatness.com/2019/07/24/the-lessons-of-the-versailles-treaty/

The Classicist: Versailles at 100

https://www.hoover.org/research/classicist-versailles-100

Ep 33: Who Let The Lunatics Run The Asylum?

Ep 33: Who Let The Lunatics Run The Asylum?

September 4, 2019

Last Thursday Attorney General, Christian Porter released a draft package for Religious Discrimination Bills. Can anti-discrimination law work in the favour of conservatives and religious bodies? (1:46-16:27) Education Minister Dan Tehan takes an interest in the state of free speech on campus. Why are university administrators in denials about free speech crisis on campus? (16:27-32:14) Following the mass of hysteria regarding Boris Johnson’s big push we’re finally seeing some movement with Brexit. The question on everyone’s minds now is will there be an election before Brexit and is British Parliament doing its job? (32:14-42:34) Your weekly hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Renee Gorman and Gideon Rozner to answer these questions as well as discuss their culture picks such as stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle’s boundary pushing new show Sticks & Stones, comedy film Stan & Ollie based on comedic duo Laurel and Hardy, Jonah Goldberg’s discussion of Western Civilisation with Niall Ferguson on his podcast The Remnant and the new season of Utopia: Rob Sitch’s comedy show on life in the Canberra bubble (42:34-56:47).

Show Notes

Religious Freedom Bills
https://www.ag.gov.au/Consultations/Pages/religious-freedom-bills.aspx

Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education, Address to National Press Club, 28 August 2019
https://ministers.education.gov.au/tehan/national-press-club

Culture Picks:Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones
https://www.netflix.com/au/title/81140577

Stan & Ollie, Jon S. Baird
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3385524/

The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg, Episode 129
https://theremnant.blubrry.net/2019/08/26/episode-129-basement-history/

Andrew Roberts on Churchill and the Craft of Biography, Econtalk
http://www.econtalk.org/andrew-roberts-on-churchill-and-the-craft-of-biography/

Utopia, Rob Sitch
https://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/utopia/