The Looking Forward Podcast
Ep 56: Our Values will Sustain Us

Ep 56: Our Values will Sustain Us

March 25, 2020

As the pandemic rises, government must make decisions based on uncertainty. What trade-offs are we making and what values are defining these trade-offs? (2:00-22:20) It’s the 'short sharp shock' model of shutdown versus the 'flatten the curve' approach, which should guide Australian policy? (22:20-34:44) The pandemic has put extreme pressure on job loss and the economy, how are governments all over the world responding and what are the long term consequences? (34:44-50:30) Your hosts, Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA's Andrew Bushnell to answer these questions and dive into their culture picks including the film John Wick 3, the new Spanish Netflix movie The Platform and Michael Petroni's film The Messiah. (50:30-1:04:08)

 

Show Notes

Stop with the fatalism: Don't flatten it, Crush The Curve on Coronavirus; JoNova

http://joannenova.com.au/2020/03/stop-with-the-fatalism-dont-flatten-it-crush-the-curve-on-coronavirus/

 

 

Culture Picks

John Wick 3; Chad Stahelski

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6146586/

 

Messiah; Michael Petroni

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7671598/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

 

The Platform; Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8228288/

Ep 55: The Patient Needs to Survive the Cure

Ep 55: The Patient Needs to Survive the Cure

March 18, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside down. Whilst governments all around the world scramble for solutions, what are the policy affects for citizens? (3:25-16:10). Different countries' approach to the pandemic response highlight complexities of decision making, and the importance of sensibly drawing on rather than deferring to experts. (16:10-26:50) The virus has pricked open many underlying economic issues, is the performance of presenting stimulus packages enough to save Australians? (26:50-45:22) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg, are joined by the IPA's Gideon Rozner and Kurt Wallace to discuss these questions and share their culture picks including the computer game Plague Inc, the streaming series Star Trek: Picard, Tim Shipman's All Out War and Abraham Kuyper's Our Program: A Christian Political Manifesto. (45:22-1:12:46)

NB: The promoter of the Benedict Option was identified in the episode as Patrick Deneen, however the author is Rod Dreher.

Show Notes

Dutch embrace 'herd immunity' as dire death warning prompts UK to change course; Bevan Shields
https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/dutch-embrace-herd-immunity-as-dire-death-warning-prompts-uk-to-change-course-20200317-p54arv.html

While other countries lost precious time, Taiwan mobilised to keep COVID-19 at bay; Ben Hurley
https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/while-other-countries-lost-precious-time-taiwan-mobilised-to-keep-covid-19-at-bay-20200316-p54ah8.html

Coronavirus spreads quickly and sometimes before people have symptoms, study finds; The University of Texas at Austin
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200316143313.htm

Cut the 'crapshoot politics', Mr Morrison, and cut the red tape to set business free; Janet Albrechtsen
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/cut-the-crapshoot-politics-mr-morrison-and-cut-the-red-tape-to-set-business-free/news-story/a92411aad8976f0e5c053ffd6daee597

World Health Organisation Boot-Licks China, With Deadly Results; Time Andrews
https://thefederalist.com/2020/03/17/u-s-funds-world-health-organization-that-boot-licks-china-with-deadly-results/

Diamond Princess Mysteries; Willis Eschenbach
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/03/16/diamond-princess-mysteries/

Culture Picks

Plague Inc; Ndemic Creations
https://www.ndemiccreations.com/en/22-plague-inc

Star Trek: Picard
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8806524/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

All Out War; Tim Shipman
https://www.amazon.com/All-Out-War-Britains-Political/dp/0008215154

Our Program: A Christian Political Manifesto; Abraham Kuyper
https://www.amazon.com.au/Our-Program-Christian-Political-Manifesto-ebook/dp/B0199BCHKG

Ep 54: The Cracks in Our Ivory Towers

Ep 54: The Cracks in Our Ivory Towers

March 11, 2020

It’s the Looking Forward Podcast’s first special episode of 2020! This week our focus is on what’s wrong with our Universities, featuring special guest Dr Phil Magness from the American Institute for Economic Research and co-author of Cracks in the Ivory Tower.

Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg, are joined by the IPA’s Dr Bella D’Abrera to discuss with Phil Magness the pathologies evident in university teaching, research and social activism, in the USA and in Australia.

The panel goes inside Phil’s book and its application of public choice economics to explain bloated university administrations, rising costs, useless courses, and rent extraction by second-rate academics.

The panel asks when did higher education become a moral mess? Why are students fleeing politicised disciplines? And is the use of social media by academics corrupting the history profession?

Due to technical issues video of Dr Magness during the interview was not available.

Purchase your copy of Cracks in the Ivory Tower here:

https://www.amazon.com.au/Cracks-Ivory-Tower-Higher-Education-ebook/dp/B07NYT5P7C

Show Notes

Cracks in the Ivory Tower; Phillip Magness and Jason Brennan

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/cracks-in-the-ivory-tower-9780190846282

My Most Notable Articles of 2019; Phil Magness

https://www.aier.org/article/my-most-notable-articles-of-2019/

Here is Proof that the Leftist Tilt on Campus Has Gotten Dramatically Worse; Phil Magness

https://www.aier.org/article/here-is-proof-that-the-leftist-tilt-on-campus-has-gotten-dramatically-worse/

The Rise of Identity Politics: An Audit Of History Teaching At Australian Universities In 2017; Bella d’Abrera

https://ipa.org.au/publications-ipa/research-papers/rise-identity-politics

Ep 53: Governments Fresh Out Of Ideas

Ep 53: Governments Fresh Out Of Ideas

March 4, 2020

As COVID 19 tests key institutions like the WHO, the panel asks whether rate cuts and stimulus packages just further reveal that our central bankers and policy makers have no ideas what our economy really needs? (0:57-19:52) It’s the issue that made the IPA’s Evan Mulholland Twitter famous, so is the push for four-bins recycling and plastics obsessions scheme pushing Australia forward or back? (19:52- 33:17) Taxpayers are funding the ABC while its so-called Media Watch acts as the enforcement arm fighting critics like the IPA to protect its rivers of gold. (33:17-44:50)

Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Dara Macdonald and Evan Mulholland to answer these questions and share their culture picks including Helena Rosenblatt’s The Lost History of Liberalism, Yasmine Mohammed’s Unveiled, the Academy Award winner Parasite and the ABC’s podcast The Eleventh  presented by Alex Mann. (44:50-1:02:10)

 

Show Notes

Speech, National Plastics Summit- Australian Parliament House, ACT; Prime Minister

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/speech-national-plastics-summit-australian-parliament-house-act

Environmentalists Make Good Movie Villains Because They Want to Make your Real Life Worse; Sonny Bunch

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/01/03/environmentalists-make-good-movie-villains-because-they-want-make-your-real-life-worse/

The Perverse Panic over Plastic; John Tierney

https://www.city-journal.org/needless-panic-over-disposable-plastic

Scott Morrison’s Recycling Strategy to Grow Green Jobs; Geoff Chambers

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/scott-morrisons-recycling-strategy-to-grow-green-jobs/news-story/8826aaa48b7df0b2c402e9141842bcc9

IPA v ABC; Media Watch

https://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/episodes/ipa/12016756

 

Culture Picks

The Lost History of Liberalism; Helena Rosenblatt

https://www.amazon.com.au/Lost-History-Liberalism-Ancient-Twenty-First/dp/0691170703

Unveiled; Yasmine Mohammed

https://www.booktopia.com.au/unveiled-yasmine-mohammed/book/9781999240530.html?msclkid=092088e103a9198ba951d6bd33ddb277&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=!%20Shopping%2090c&utm_term=4585169650599087&utm_content=All%20Custom%20Label

Parasite; Bong Joon Ho

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6751668/

The Eleventh; Alex Mann

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/the-eleventh/

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