The Looking Forward Podcast
Ep 45: Westpac: Woke Capitalism and the Compliance State

Ep 45: Westpac: Woke Capitalism and the Compliance State

November 27, 2019

The Federal Attorney General has proposed we treat social media companies as publishers. Will this punish Silicon Valley lefties or silence Australia’s conservative voices for fear of our crazy defamation laws? (1:59-24:04) As the CEO of our wokest bank, Westpac, taps the mat, what should we make of its bruising encounter with regulator Austrac’s over money-laundering claims? (24:04-37:12) Political parties are declining as social institutions so what does this mean for our democracy? (37:12-48:57) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by IPA Research Fellow, Andrew Bushnell and National Manager of Generation Liberty, Renee Gorman to discuss these questions as well as divulge their culture picks including the new documentary Rise of Jordan Peterson, a new book on the sorry state of our Universities, Season 3 of The Crown and the movie that launched film director Michael Mann (48:57-1:05:21).

 

Show Notes:

Christian Porter's defamation reform would be a catastrophic mistake; Dr Chris Berg and Dr Aaron Lane, Sydney Morning Herald

https://www.smh.com.au/national/christian-porter-s-defamation-reform-would-be-a-catastrophic-mistake-20191123-p53dg4.html

The Woke Bank Asleep at The Wheel; John Roskam, IPA Executive Director

https://ipa.org.au/publications-ipa/the-woke-bank-asleep-at-the-wheel

Get out of your own way, Unleashing productivity; Deloitte

https://www2.deloitte.com/au/en/pages/building-lucky-country/articles/get-out-of-your-own-way.html

Regulatory Dark Matter; Kurt Wallace, IPA Research Fellow

https://ipa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/IPA-Report-Regulatory-Dark-Matter-How-Unaccountable-Regulators-Subvert-Democracy-by-Imposing-Red-Tape-without-Transparency.pdf

John Howard warns of 'existential challenges' for Liberals and Nationals; Sydney Morning Herald

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/john-howard-warns-of-existential-challenges-for-liberals-and-nationals-20191121-p53cyn.html

 

Culture Picks:

The Rise of Jordan Peterson; Patricia Marcoccia

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10469384/

Melbourne screening of the Rise of Jordan Peterson

https://ipapeterson.eventbrite.com.au/

CAMPUS MELTDOWN The Deepening Crisis in Australian Universities; William O. Coleman

https://www.connorcourtpublishing.com.au/CAMPUS-MELTDOWN-The-Deepening-Crisis-in-Australian-Universities--William-O-Coleman-editor_p_288.html

The Crown Season 3; Peter Morgan

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4786824/

Thief; Michael Mann

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083190/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_8

Ep 44: What’s Next As China Slams Door On Liberal MPs And Hong Kong Protestors?

Ep 44: What’s Next As China Slams Door On Liberal MPs And Hong Kong Protestors?

November 20, 2019

Are we in the West too focussed on trade to tackle China’s on human rights abuses in Hong Kong and with the Uighurs?  (00:01-21:00)  Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says our ageing population is an “economic time bomb”, but is he just softening boomers up for another tax and pension raid?  (21:00-33:00)  Boris Johnson is ahead in the polls, Boris’ deal a real Brexit and why did the Brexit Party give up?  (33:00-44:00).

Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Evan Mulholland and Daniel Wild to answer these questions and share their culture picks including H.P. Lovecraft’s 1936 classic sci-fi/horror novella, At the Mountains of Madness, a podcast by the Herald Sun about the 1999 Victorian state election between Jeff Kennett and Steve Bracks, and the Man in the High Castle, a sci-fi series on Amazon Prime which explores what the world would look like had the Axis powers won WWII (44.00-01.03.53).

SHOW NOTES

Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust, Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis

https://www.amazon.com/Rebooting-AI-Building-Artificial-Intelligence-ebook/dp/B07MYLGQLB

Ageing population is 'economic time bomb': Frydenberg, Australian Financial Review

https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/ageing-population-is-economic-time-bomb-frydenberg-20191118-p53bgi

Paul Keating's speech on Australia's China policy – full text, The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/18/paul-keatings-speech-on-australias-china-policy-full-text

The Economics of ZPG, Chris Berg & Jason Potts, Quadrant

https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2016/04/economics-zero-population-growth/

These Are the Brexit Battlegrounds That Will Decide the U.K. Election, Bloomberg

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2019-uk-election-primer/

How’s That? Daniel Wild, IPA Review

https://ipa.org.au/ipa-review-articles/hows-that

At the Mountains of Madness, H. P. Lovecraft

https://www.amazon.com/At-Mountains-Madness-Other-Terror/dp/0345329457

Face Off, Herald Sun (podcast)

https://open.spotify.com/show/0GO20vX5zmC7yUIhwCdey3?si=9t24ThwgQGm2lPudYpGXY

The Man in the High Castle (TV series)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740299/

Corporate Virtue Signalling: How to Stop Big Business from Meddling in Politics, Jeremy Sammut

https://www.connorcourtpublishing.com.au/CORPORATE-VIRTUE-SIGNALLING-HOW-TO-STOP-BIG-BUSINESS-FROM-MEDDLING-IN-POLITICS--Jeremy-Sammut_p_264.html

Ep 43: Is Tony Abbott Our Biggest National Security Threat?

Ep 43: Is Tony Abbott Our Biggest National Security Threat?

November 13, 2019

What on earth is the Government up to with its Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme and how did Tony Abbott become Australia’s biggest threat to national security? (2:33-18:09) Where exactly is the Australian Research Council sending its grants the Humanities? (18:09-33:40) What does the reaction to the IPA’s ‘Race has no Place’ video say about the debate on the voice to parliament? (33:40-43:11)

Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Morgan Begg and Dr Bella D’Abrera to answer these questions and dive into their culture picks which include Netflix’s take on the Legend of Henry V, James Scott’s Against the Grain, David Watkin’s classic Morality and Architecture and the new Netflix investigation into Bill Gates’s brain (43:11-1:04:38)

 

Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2018

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2018A00063

Bella d’Abrera, IPA, The Humanities in Crisis: An Audit of Taxpayer-Funded ARC Grants

https://ipa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/The-Humanities-in-Crisis-An-Audit-of-Taxpayer-funded-Arc-Grants.pdf

IPA Video: Race Has No Place in the Constitution

https://ipa.org.au/ipa-tv/race-has-no-place-in-the-australian-constitution

Anthony Dillon on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Peoples (2017)

https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2017/07/constitutional-recognition-indigenous-peoples/

 

Culture Picks:

The King; Netflix

https://www.netflix.com/au/title/80182016

Against the Grain; James C. Scott

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34324534-against-the-grain

Morality and Architecture; David Watkin

https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/1856886.Morality_and_Architecture_Revisited

Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates; Netflix

https://www.netflix.com/au/title/80184771

 

Ep 42: Fall Of The Berlin Wall - 30 Years On

Ep 42: Fall Of The Berlin Wall - 30 Years On

November 6, 2019

What led to the remarkable fall of the Berlin Wall nearly thirty years ago and the collapse of the Soviet Union just two years later? What is the legacy and threat of communism as an ideology and a geo-political force? (2:12-1:01:10) In anticipation of the anniversary on November 9th,  your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg along with historians Dr Richard Allsop and Dr Zac Gorman answer these questions as well as divulge their Berlin Wall themed culture picks including film Barbara set in East Germany, Stephane Courtois’ The Black Book of Communism, a documentary on the Pope’s role in overcoming communism and John Le Carre’s classic The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1:01:10-1:17:21).

 

Show Notes:

The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy: Mikhail Gorbachev and the Collapse of the USSR (The New Cold War History); Chris Miller

https://www.amazon.com/Struggle-Save-Soviet-Economy-Gorbachev/dp/1469630176

Culture Picks:

Barbara; Christian Petzold

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2178941/

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression; Stephane Courtois

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/106169.The_Black_Book_of_Communism

Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism; David Naglieri

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5461680/

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold; John Le Carre

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19494.The_Spy_Who_Came_In_from_the_Cold