The Looking Forward Podcast
Ep 68: Falling Statues & Falling Elites

Ep 68: Falling Statues & Falling Elites

June 17, 2020

The movement to tear down statues of historical figures and the past they represent has swept across continents. What do these statues represent and what is their place in the collective history of the nation? (1:57-25:24)

Former Minister, Adem Somyurek, resigned from the ALP after allegations of branch stacking. What light does this shed on the business model of political parties and what does it reveal about the nature of politics? (25:24-39:37)

The NRL has used the power of the people to fight to get out from under the COVID-19 government restrictions. Should other organisations follow suit and what does this tell us about how to get industries back up and running? (39:37-51:34)

Your co-hosts Scott Hargreaves and Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Zachary Gorman to answer these questions as well as share their culture picks. This week’s picks include Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionised American Music, Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and The Light as well as the popular YouTube channel PewdiePie. (51:34-1:06:16)

Ep 67: Policing Under Pressure

Ep 67: Policing Under Pressure

June 10, 2020

This week saw thousands of Australians breaking social distancing laws protesting racism. As more people vote with their feet and ignore lockdown laws, is the pandemic effectively over and what does this mean for lockdown laws? (2:15-16:29) The protestors in the United States are now advocating for the police force to be defunded. What is the place for the police in our society and what would reasonable reform entail? (16:29-30:45) At the New York Times a staff revolt forced an editor to resign just for publishing an opinion piece by a Republican Senator. Has campus woke culture taken over newspapers and is there still a place for legitimate debate in news outlets? (30:45-46:40) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Director of Policy, Gideon Rozner, to answer these questions as well as share their culture picks. This week’s picks include the Netflix series Space Force, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson’s Narrow Corridor and Ian Kershaw’s To Hell and Back. (46:40-1:02:41)



Show Notes


How Pandemics End; Gina Kolata


NSW Police Minister Says Protests Larger than 10 People will be Deemed Illegal; Lisa Visentin and Dana McCauley


Calls to Cut Funding for Police Grow in Wake of Protests; Eliza Collins


Why Are the Police in Charge of Road Safety?; Alex Tabarrok 


When Journalists Stop Believing in Debate; Damon Linker




Culture Picks


Space Force (TV Series)


The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty; Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson


To Hell and Back: Europe 1914 - 1945; Ian Kershaw

Ep 66: Where to Now?

Ep 66: Where to Now?

June 3, 2020

As protests and riots break out across America the important issues of policing and police immunities are getting lost, but will feature at election time. But when civil order is challenged by rioters, what options do Governments have but law and order? Is it Trump or the Democrat-controlled cities who have most to do? (2:12-40:02) The Federal Court made a landmark decision to hold a company liable for defamatory comments made by third parties on its Facebook page, putting the fear of god into all sorts of users of the platform? (40:02-46:54) The Liberal government has reached out to Big Business and Big Unions expecting industrial relations reform, but what hopes do we have when the process lacks both vision and involvement by the forgotten people? (46:54-56:24) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by IPA Adjunct Fellow Aaron Lane to answer these questions as well as share their culture picks. This week's picks include the movie The Leopard, the hit tv-series The Great and John Grisham's The Guardians. (56:24-1:05:57)


Show Notes

ACTU Rump in Morrison's Tent But Quiet Aussies Are Left Out; Daniel Wild

Monopoly on Violence; Max Weber's_theory

Our leaders have dithered and lied about the riots as the nation goes up in flames; Tucker Carlson


Culture Picks

The Great (TV Series); Tony McNamara

The Leopard (Movie); Luchino Visconti

The Guardians; John Grisham


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