The Looking Forward Podcast
Episode 52 - Sanders: Back To The Future!

Episode 52 - Sanders: Back To The Future!

February 26, 2020

Scott Morrison’s religious freedom bill has been labelled confusing, inappropriate, unfair and unloved; so is it finally dead? (1:34-20:07) When Bernie Sanders has a lock on the Democrat nomination, is his support for Castro’s Cuba just the tip of a communist iceberg ? (20:07-34:10) Looking Forward was at the Senate inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy, and asks if the High Court hasn’t hijacked the proces? (34:10-50:00) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Morgan Begg and RMIT University’s Dr Aaron Lane to answer these questions and dive into their culture picks including Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, the podcast Verdict with Ted Cruz, Victor Kravchenko’s I Chose Freedom and Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewel. (50:00-1:09:24)

Show Notes

Unions and employers join forces to oppose religious freedom bill; Dana McCauley

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/unions-and-employers-join-forces-to-oppose-religious-freedom-bill-20200224-p543tf.html

At Cross Purposes; Morgan Begg

https://ipa.org.au/ipa-review-articles/at-cross-purposes

Saunders defends comments praising Castro’s Cuba: ‘The truth is the truth’; Paul LeBlanc

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/24/politics/sanders-defends-castro-cuba-comments-cnntv/index.html

Australian Values and the Enduring Importance of the Nation-State; Daniel Wild, Zachary Gorman and Andrew Bushnell

https://ipa.org.au/research-areas/ideas-and-liberty/australian-values-and-the-enduring-importance-of-the-nation-state

Culture Picks

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood; Marielle Heller

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3224458/

Verdict with Ted Cruz; Ted Cruz

https://www.podcastrepublic.net/podcast/1495601614

I Chose Freedom; Victor Kravchenko

https://www.amazon.com/Chose-Freedom-Personal-Political-Official/dp/B0006AQTT0

Richard Jewel; Clint Eastwood

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3513548/

Ep 51: What Drove Holden Away?

Ep 51: What Drove Holden Away?

February 19, 2020

What does the demise of Holden say about tariff protection and perennial dreams of a domestic manufacturing base? (1:53-25:40) What is the future of Australian identity now that the High Court has decided to make a third category of Australian? (25:40-45:43) Boris Johnson’s Government is looking at taking the BBC to a subscription model, so why not with the ABC and SBS? (45:43-55:14) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Andrew Bushnell and Dara Macdonald to answer these questions and share their culture picks including the award winning 2018 film Jojo Rabbit, Eric Weinstein’s podcast The Portal, William Dalrymple’s The Anarchy, and the 1957 film Sweet Smell of Success.

Show Notes

Holden closing down, to be axed from Australia by the end of 2021

https://www.9news.com.au/national/holden-axed-from-australia-in-2020-ending-72-years-of-car-making/29ba88b5-3061-4839-921d-b2fea77dcd21

ScoMo Yet to Learn His ABC’s; Justinian the Great

http://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/02/17/scomo-yet-to-learn-his-abcs/

Insane Obsession: Australia’s Auto Industry Waste; Chris Berg

http://chrisberg.org/2013/05/insane-obsession-australias-auto-industry-waste/

No 10 could scrap BBC licence fee in favour of a subscription model

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/feb/16/no-10-launches-attack-on-bbc-as-licence-fee-comes-under-threat

Against Public Broadcasting; 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

Culture Picks

Jojo Rabbit; Taika Waititi

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2584384/

The Portal; Eric Weinstein

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-portal/id1469999563

The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company; William Dalrymple

https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-anarchy-william-dalrymple/book/9781408864388.html

Sweet Smell of Success (1957); Alexander Mackendrick

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051036/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Ep 50: The High Court And Third Class Australians

Ep 50: The High Court And Third Class Australians

February 12, 2020

How does the wreckage left by the High Court’s decision to create a new category of Australian affect our nation’s political and social future? (2:20-22:33) In the new age of money, what are the consequences of a digital currency amidst a public backlash over cash bans? (22:33-36:57) The MAdE Establishment group of George Calombaris has gone under taking 400 jobs with it, and the panel asks how much the  longer hospitality sector can last as an award system of obscene complexity and a relentless union campaign on ‘wage theft’ poison the well? (36:57-50:20) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Gideon Rozner and Kurt Wallace to answer these questions as they celebrate the Looking Forward Podcast’s 50th episode! They then explore their culture picks for the week including the dramedy series Succession, Milton Friedman’s classic Capitalism and Freedom, Wilhelm Ropke’s The Humane Economist, and David Brooks’ landmark essay from The Atlantic,  The Nuclear Family Was A Mistake. (50:20-1:18:42)

 

Show Notes:

Love v Commonwealth of Australia; Thoms v Commonwealth of Australia [2020] HCA 3 (11 February 2020)

http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/cth/HCA//2020/3.html

Radical High Court Divides Australia By Race; Morgan Begg

https://ipa.org.au/publications-ipa/media-releases/radical-high-court-divides-australia-by-race

Age of Currency Disruption is Here; Chris Berg

http://chrisberg.org/2020/02/age-of-currency-disruption-is-here/ 

George Calombaris: Unions Under Fire Over Empire Collapse; Ewin Hannan

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/parts-of-george-calombariss-food-empire-may-reopen-under-different-ownership/news-story/4efda45709c4ea25199b7604cddbe2b1

George Calombaris: now all too many of those underpaid workers will also soon be unemployed; Charles Pier

https://www.spectator.com.au/2020/02/george-calombaris-now-all-too-many-of-those-underpaid-workers-will-also-soon-be-unemployed/

 

 

Culture Picks:

Succession; HBO

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7660850/

Capitalism and Freedom; Milton Friedman

https://www.amazon.com.au/Capitalism-Freedom-Anniversary-Milton-Friedman-ebook/dp/B006JP11HQ

The Humane Economist; Wilhelm Röpke

https://shop.acton.org/products/the-humane-economist

The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake; David Brooks

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/03/the-nuclear-family-was-a-mistake/605536/

 

Ep 49: Freedoms Lost As Unelected Bureaucrats Unleashed

Ep 49: Freedoms Lost As Unelected Bureaucrats Unleashed

February 5, 2020

This week the panel tackles the latest victories for unelected bureaucrats, as Bridget McKenzie takes a hit for the sin of ignoring Departmental advice, and the failed Foreign Interference laws licence snooping and partisan point scoring. Meanwhile the panel wonders how the federal government comes to be funding footy club change rooms in the first place (federalism anybody)? (1:50-10:55) And how Shadow Attorney-General seems to be the only one in Canberra who can get the bureaucracy to act with alacrity (10:55-25:15) And where do the Ministerial changes leave the National Party? (25:15-33:00) Also Scott Morrison shutting the border with China has economic implications for our massive tourism and education sectors; even as the Leninist state in China struggles to contain the crisis. (33:00-46:03) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Morgan Begg and Zachary Gorman to answer these questions and dive into their culture picks. This week’s picks include the horror film Doctor Sleep, Peter Seamer’s Breaking Point, Netflix’s new docuseries on the NFL star Aaron Hernandez, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez, as well as Amanda Hollis-Brusky’s novel on The Federalist Society’s modern American political history movement, Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative. (46:03-1:09:07)
 
Show Notes:
Announcement of Grants; Australia National Audit Office (ANAO)
https://www.anao.gov.au/work/request/announcement-grants
 
Culture Picks:
Doctor Sleep; Mike Flanagan
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5606664/

Breaking Point; Peter Seamer
https://www.booktopia.com.au/breaking-point-peter-seamer/book/9781760641290.htmlKiller Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez; Netflix
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11475228/
 
Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution (Studies in Postwar American Political Development); Amanda Hollis-Brusky
https://www.amazon.com/Ideas-Consequences-Conservative-Counterrevolution-Development/dp/0199385521

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