The Looking Forward Podcast
Ep 61: Download Or Else

Ep 61: Download Or Else

April 30, 2020

Over three million Australians have downloaded the COVIDSafe App but the Australian Government has a terrible record on digital security and privacy. Co-hosts Scott Hargreaves and Chris Berg are joined by IPA Adjunct Fellow Matthew Lesh - now Director of Research at the Adam Smith Institute in London - to discuss this plus the UK's own experience of coronavirus as the Tories struggle to implement Brexit and find a coherent agenda for growth when Big Government holds sway. Plus they look at the forces pushing for and against the survival of the European Union as Eurocrats centralise more power but the struggling Euro threatens to blow up the whole financial system.

Books and Culture picks include Albert Camus' The Plague

The TV series Jack Ryan, and

The essay on Nassim Nicholas Taleb by Allan Farrington at Medium, A Tale of Two Talebs

Ep 60: Restoring Dynamism After Deep Freeze

Ep 60: Restoring Dynamism After Deep Freeze

April 22, 2020

Only if we're free enough to adapt and allow entrepreneurs to create new businesses and institutions will the economy be dynamic enough for the high growth trajectory we need after the devastation of the lockdown.

A very special episode of The Looking Forward Podcast as Professor Jason Potts from RMIT University  and host Dr Chris Berg join host Scott Hargreaves and the IPA’s Dan Wild to discuss their new book; Cryoeconomics: How to Unfreeze an Economy After a Pandemic. The panel discusses what the freezing / unfreezing metaphor used by Governments assumes too much and how Australia should find its way out of the social and economic crisis.

Show Notes 
The Problem of ‘Freezing’ An Economy in a Pandemic

Ep 59: Only the First to Bail Out?

Ep 59: Only the First to Bail Out?

April 15, 2020

Australia has been one of the most successful countries in reducing transmission of the coronavirus. Why are the Australian infection rates so low and what does this mean for policymakers and citizens? (2:44-22:37) Virgin Australia has asked the government for a bail out, what role should the government play in restoring the economy and how should this shape policy decisions? (22:37-44:25) Joe Biden is the presidential nominee for the Democrats, what went wrong for Bernie Sanders and what does this mean for the elections in November? (44:25-1:02:40) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Andrew Bushnell to answer these questions as well as share their culture picks for the week. This week’s isolation picks include the new album by The Strokes The New Abnormal, the American true crime documentary Tiger King and the Netflix Thriller Giri/Haji. (1:02:40-1:19:06)


Show Notes

Tackling Virus Risks Head On is Way Forward for Business; Scott Hargreaves

Coronavirus Australia: Worst Year Since Great Depression, says IMF; Patrick Commins

Australia’s endgame must be total elimination of COVID-19; John Daley and Stephen Duckett


Culture Picks

The New Abnormal; The Strokes

Tiger King


Ep 58: Government Models Can’t Guide Us Back

Ep 58: Government Models Can’t Guide Us Back

April 8, 2020

The government has revealed the very simple model driving their public policy response to COVID-19. With focus placed on macro modelling general claims, the government must narrow its attention to micro measures and a timeline for society's recovery (1:26-23:44) On the weekend the IPA called for a safe and responsible roll back of social restrictions, and now the debate’s started on removing petty restrictions and starting economic recovery. (23:44-36:13) Parliament has decided to sit for the last time until August, just  when social and economic policy decisions need more scrutiny than ever (36:13-54:56) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA's Andrew Bushnell as they answer these questions as well as share their isolation culture picks. This week’s picks include the computer game Surviving Mars, Sarah Bakewell's How to Live / A Life of Montaigne, and Demolition Man by Marco Brambilla. (54:56-1:11:01)

Show Notes

Begin to End the Lockdown Now! (with Gideon Rozner)

Coronavirus: $1600 fine withdrawn for L-plater charged for breaching lockdown; Remy Varga and Rachel Baxendale

Upcoming Public Hearings (editor: what’s missing here?)

PM plans staggered virus exit; Phillip Coorey

Coronavirus: Push to let COVID-19 infect us slowly; Yoni Bashan

NSW Premier says coronavirus social distancing to stay ‘until vaccine is found'; Paige Cockburn

‘Use isolation to our advantage': Who is exempt from the hard WA border closure?; Lauren Pilat

Fortress Queensland: borders locked down as state records fourth death; Stuart Layt

Coronavirus: Call to sign up for 'Team Australia’ has fallen on a lot of deaf ears; Janet Albrechtsen


Culture Picks

Demolition Man; Marco Brambilla

How to Live or A Life of Montaigne; Sarah Bakewell

Surviving Mars; Paradox Interactive

Ep 57: Of Moral Panics and Spendathons

Ep 57: Of Moral Panics and Spendathons

April 3, 2020

This week’s episode is brought to you from the Looking Forward remote studio! This week the Australian Government introduced the centrepiece of their corona virus crisis strategy, ‘the job keeper scheme’. How can we bring Australians back to work to unfreeze the frozen economy? (1:48-18:06) Everyday more social restrictions are emplaced on citizens, showing many what it is to live in a police state. How much power should politicians and the police have to curtail civil liberties and at what point has it gone too far? (18:06-37:38) The economic price tags for new policies have piled up, will these policies ever be reversed and how can the economy be rebuilt? (37:38-56:43)  Your host Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Gideon Rozner to answer these questions and share their isolation culture picks. This week’s picks include Zionism: the concise history, the TV show Modern Love and Lord Macaulay’s The History of England from the Accession of James the Second. (56:43-1:10:26) 
Show Notes 
Cryoeconomics: how to unfreeze the economy 
Culture Picks 
Zionism: the concise history; Alex Ryvchin 
Modern Love (TV Series) 
The History of England from the Accession of James the Second; Lord Macaulay

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