Pete and James give us their winners and losers from the Coalition’s boilover election victory, discuss the wonderful state of Idaho that has removed its entire regulatory code and review the leaked email The Guardian sent to its writers urging them to ramp up the alarm on climate change (like, even more). We talk to economist Tyler Cowen of the world famous Marginal Revolution blog and author of new book, Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero, about the virtues of big business, why the free market is good for culture and how to convince young people to choose freedom (23:06 to 42:06). We then talk to IPA Director of Communications Evan Mulholland to review the predictions he made about the election at the start of the campaign (42:12 to 1:02:13).
The election is days away and parties are throwing any policy promise up hoping it sticks. A law professor is fired for joining Harvey Weinstein's legal team, an independent candidate for Kooyong wants to revoke press licenses for people mean to him, the Brexit Party are immensely popular in the UK and Pete Buttigieg stands up against identity politics. We talk to the IPA's Director of Communications Evan Mulholland about the state of the election campaign, which minor parties are likely to do well and get his take on some of the main stories to come out in Australian politics (22:35-37:30). We then talk to Dr Darcy Allen and Professor Jason Potts from the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub who are in New York attending the Consensus 2019 conference about all things blockchain in 2019 and how blockchain could revolutionise Australian democracy (37:34-55:01).
Labor's new climate policy cost finally comes out and it's significant. The Greens aren't a fan of people who disagree with them, Scott Morrison wants to increase laws against online trolling, Facebook bans Alex Jones, Milo and others from its platforms and Victoria is about to cash in on the fact that no one cared about the last eleciton. We talk to Kirsty O'Sullivan from the Liberal Democratic Party about the election campaign, the LDP's policies and what it's like competing against parties that just compete to spend more taxpayer money on problems (19:53-43:45). We also talk to Dr Bella d'Abrera about the latest with the Ramsay Foundation, more child-filled protests and her upcoming trip to England (43:53-53:45)
The election is going to be close so Pete and James decide to take it seriously. We have our first wave of MPs behaving badly, a UN report says 50 million species are under threat of extinction and we talk about Greta Thurnberg and Brendan O’Neill’s controversial article about her. We talk to Renee Gorman. The National Manager of the IPA’s Generation Liberty Program about a workshop at the University of Melbourne saying white males shouldn’t speak in tutes, her experiences interviewing Christina Sommers and what’s the latest with Generation Liberty (18:34-32:02). We also talk to the Editor of the IPA Review and host of The IPA’s Looking Forward Podcast Scott Hargreaves about some of the articles in the new IPA Review hitting mailboxes soon (32:02-47:39)
Dr Peter Ridd wins the biggest victory for freedom of speech in a generation, the Brexit Party forms in Britain, David Attenborough gets in trouble for faking walrus footage, Ukraine elects a television personality with no political experience to be President and Nancy Pelosi forecasts what internet regulation will look like. We talk to Gideon Rozner who was with Peter Ridd through his court case about how he found out about the outcome of the case, why this is such a great victory for freedom of speech and why Gideon is so confused by the ALP's campaign so far in this election (20:43-35:10). We also talk to Australian Taxpayers' Alliance Executive Director Tim Andrews to preview the upcoming and unmissable Friedman Conference being held alongside the World Taxpayers Conference, which speakers he is most looking forward to, what guests can expect and where Young IPA Podcast listeners can go for discount tickets (35:14-48:34)
The election is called and James and Pete figure out what's there to be excited about. We discuss the IPA's new document '20 Policies to Fix Australia', the French Review, Israel Folau's Instagram controversy and the unions rally. We talk to the IPA's Director of Communications Evan Mulholland about the upcoming election, what's at stake, the IPA's 20 Policies and he makes 4 official Evan Mulholland predictions about the campaign (19:44-36:04). We also talk to Jack Mintz, one of the world's leading experts on tax, about why young people need to care about tax rates and what's wrong with Australia's corporate tax (36:07-50:10)
Vegans are shutting down traffic and beloved cafes, Mark Zuckerberg calls for more regulation and Joe Biden calls for less. And big news on the energy front as new technology could both keep power affordable and reduce emissions. We talk to Mark Bauerlein who is touring Australia with the IPA about the state of teaching on American campuses, the importance of reading great books and which books should be read, the dangers of identity politics and why he supports Trump's Executive Order on free speech on campus (18:19-1:09:53).
Executive Director John Roskam was on Q&A and we recap all the good moments. We also talk the IPA's new report on unemployment among young people in Australia, Labor's new climate policy, The Economist v Ben Shapiro and the latest with Brexit (which isn't much). We play Part 2 of Renee Gorman's conversation with Christina Sommers as they discuss the state of free speech on campus and in the media about issues of feminism and what advice Christina Sommers would give to young people on campus (20:46-38:07). We also talk to IPA Research Fellow Kurt Wallace ahead of tonight's budget to discuss what will be in the budget and what should be in the budget and his new report (38:11-48:26).
It's been a bad week for progressives - Mueller's report is a flop and Labor gets beaten in NSW. James and Pete discuss both topics and Jordan Peterson's fight with the University of Cambridge, the latest with Brexit, Dr Peter Ridd's court case and Trump's executive order on free speech in college campuses. Renee Gorman sits down with Christina Sommers, AEI Scholar and host of The Factual Feminist, to talk about the state of feminism today, what feminists should be focusing on and the state of open debate at universities (22:51-44:13). Renee also sits down with Generation Liberty member Joanne Tran about her experiences becoming viral for speaking out about not joining the schoolkids protesting climate change (44:19-1:00:23)
Students took to the streets last week to protest climate change but we didn’t see any pro-nuclear signs, rich people are rorting the US college system to get their kids in, James Gunn is back as director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after being fired for old tweets, Brexit enters its 74th consecutive “big week”. We talk to Gideon Rozner about the upcoming trial of Dr Peter Ridd over his criticism of Great Barrier Reef research, the video the IPA has made about the trial and what the implications are for freedom of speech in Australia (19:31-33:36). We also talk (again) to Dr Bella d’Abrera to get her take on the climate rallies and she teaches James and Pete about speciesism (33:41-44:34)