The Looking Forward Podcast
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

Ep 38: Who’s Afraid Of The Nation State?

Ep 38: Who’s Afraid Of The Nation State?

October 9, 2019

Scott Morrison has criticised ‘negative globalism’. What makes sticking up for the nation state “Trumpian”? (1:39-23:48) The Liberal Party is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary has it become too much of a broad church/election machine to inspire conservative voters? (23:48-35:51) The NBA went into meltdown after a tweet made by the Houston Rockets’ general manager supporting Hong Kong protestors. Could – just maybe – the massive Chinese sports market have anything to do with it?  (35:51-51:20) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Andrew Bushnell and Dr Zac Gorman to answer these questions as well as dive into their culture picks which include classic journalism movie All the President’s Men, Douglas Murray’s new book The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity, the hugely popular TV show Breaking Bad and the latest anti-hero movie to hit cinemas, Joker.

The 2019 Lowy Lecture: Prime Minister Scott Morrison

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/publications/2019-lowy-lecture-prime-minister-scott-morrison

Scott Morrison Echoes Trump as he Warns Nations Must Avoid ‘Negative Globalism’; Katharine Murphy & Ben Doherty

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/03/scott-morrison-echoes-trump-as-he-warns-nations-must-avoid-negative-globalism

Liberal Party to celebrate 75th anniversary

https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6093230829001

Daryl Morey Tweet

https://twitter.com/dmorey/status/1181000808399114240?s=19

Culture Picks:

All the President’s Men; Alan J. Pakula

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074119/

The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity; Douglas Murray

https://www.amazon.com/Madness-Crowds-Gender-Race-Identity/dp/1635579988

Joker; Todd Phillips

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7286456/

Breaking Bad; Vince Gilligan

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903747/

 

Ep 37: The Anti-Trump Movement Strikes Again

Ep 37: The Anti-Trump Movement Strikes Again

October 2, 2019

More on the Impeachment story in the US as even Scott Morrison gets dragged in by the Democrats. Real issue or deep state hit job? (1:54-20:40) Is the legalisation of cannabis in the ACT last week even necessary when we've already got functional decriminalisation, and what happens with Commonwealth laws? (20:40-34:40) The 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China was marked with an expansive military parade but what's to celebrate in  this totalitarian dictatorship? (34:40-46:37) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by adjunct fellow Aaron Lane and the IPA’s Daniel Wild to answer these questions as well as divulge their culture picks such as the The Best Political Cartoons of the Year 2005, the late Napoleon Chagnon’s Noble Savages, Chris and Aaron’s latest book on Cyrptodemocracy and AFL’s recent grand final runners up, GWS (46:37-1:09:02).

Show Notes:

Donald Trump asked Australia to help investigate the Mueller probe. What's it got to do with impeachment?

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-01/donald-trump-scott-morrison-impeachment-what-you-need-to-know/11563098

Culture Picks:

The Best Political Cartoons of the Year, 2005 Edition

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-01/donald-trump-scott-morrison-impeachment-what-you-need-to-know/11563098

Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes -- the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists, Napoleon Chagnon

https://www.amazon.com.au/Noble-Savages-Dangerous-Yanomamo-Anthropologists-ebook/dp/B006VJN2FE

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