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Are you looking for sound, thought-provoking conversations on current affairs, politics, and culture from a Classical Liberal perspective? If yes, you are in the right place. Liberalism in Question engages some of our society’s most prominent researchers, political figures, and free speech advocates --finding out their views on the state of Classical Liberalism.

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Saturday May 18, 2024

Watch the podcast here: https://youtu.be/lYls1XLQG7s#auspol #freemarket #economics Robert Carling is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies. Robert is researching and writing about fiscal policy, taxation and federalism. Prior to joining the CIS, Robert was Executive Director, Economic and Fiscal at the New South Wales Treasury from 1998 to 2006. Previous positions have been with Commonwealth Treasury, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He holds academic qualifications in economics and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Georgetown University and the University of Queensland. Are you looking for sound, thought-provoking conversations on current affairs, politics, and culture from a Classical Liberal perspective? If yes, you are in the right place. Liberalism in Question engages some of our society’s most prominent researchers, political figures, and free speech advocates --finding out their views on the state of Classical Liberalism.

Tuesday May 07, 2024

Watch here: https://youtu.be/pNLmQbvdnJcMatthew Ridley is a British science writer, journalist and businessman. He is known for his writings on science, the environment, and economics, and has been a regular contributor to The Times newspaper. Ridley was chairman of the UK bank Northern Rock from 2004 to 2007. Ridley is a libertarian, and a staunch supporter of Brexit. He inherited the viscountcy in February 2012 and was a Conservative hereditary peer from February 2013, with an elected seat in the House of Lords, until his retirement in December 2021.

Wednesday Apr 03, 2024

Follow this podcast here: https://liberalisminquestion.podbean.com/Watch here: https://youtu.be/6uiMn9hRqQA In this episode, Rob chats with Marian Tupy, the editor of Human​Progress.org, a senior fellow the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, and co-author of The Simon Abundance Index. Marian argues that humanity has accomplished a great deal and can continue to do so if we continue to adhere to the values of classical liberalism. According to Marian, the argument that resources can’t keep up with human growth is simply not true. A cold, dispassionate look at the big picture shows that, all things considered, the world continues to improve along many different dimensions. #auspol #humanprogress #catoAll our links: https://linktr.ee/centreforindependentstudies

Monday Mar 25, 2024

Watch here: https://youtu.be/DHfbzSOM7FwOn this episode, Rob engages in a compelling conversation with Sherelle Jacobs, a columnist for the UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper. Sherelle contends that the Western world is at a tipping point, experiencing a decline marked by limitations on economic freedom, intellectual pursuits, and the freedom to demonstrate in the new millennium. The core question explored is whether the West is currently facing a decline that demands significant changes for its survival, and the prospects of liberalism in this evolving landscape. Sherelle highlights a prevailing sense of malaise that grips the national psyches of Western societies.#auspol #west #democracy

Thursday Mar 07, 2024

Watch here: https://youtu.be/-n7GJom-KEEDr. Larry Marshall is a scientist, technology innovator and business leader with more than 25 years’ experience in creating new value and impact with science.Dr. Larry Marshall dismantles the myth of AI's destructive potential, highlighting its exponential growth and role in fostering prosperity. He advocates for essential regulation and unbiased education to address AI-driven cybercrimes and ensure responsible use. Dr. Marshall emphasizes that AI, currently grounded in algorithms, lacks consciousness. in as he calls for increased investment in AI expertise, both from the government and industry, to create new jobs in the era of automation. #auspol #AI #openai

Wednesday Feb 21, 2024

Watch here: https://youtu.be/cJ11MmRAGbgOn this episode, Rob chats with Joanna Williams, author and former academic now running her platform Cieo, delve into the catastrophic impacts of wokism on society. Joanna defines wokism and discusses how it has prevailed, emphasising the widespread emphasis on victimhood in our culture. She addresses the core issue, asserting that the focus of woke anti-racism is on 'structural' racism ingrained in laws, policies, systems, and institutions. This phenomenon has permeated various aspects of Western society, from education and workplaces to sports, politics, and justice administration. Joanna highlights the defenders of wokism who claim to protect vulnerable freedoms but argues that opponents must recognize this and brace for a prolonged battle to reverse its influence. She underscores the and emphasises the need to vigorously safeguard our liberties against the pervasive influence of wokism. #woke #auspol

Monday Feb 12, 2024

Watch here: https://youtu.be/lgExhylzqG4?si=Ile66rcGVQls_5ekDavid de Carvalho is the Executive Dean, Faculty of Education, Philosophy and Theology at The University of Notre Dame Australia. Prior to this role, David was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). He has extensive experience in leading major reforms at both national and state level and a deep personal passion for, and understanding of, education.In the episode, he chats with Rob about his article, Modern Western malaise 500 years in the making .

Tuesday Feb 06, 2024

In this enthralling episode of Liberalism in Question, host Rob Forsyth engages in a deep dialogue about Indigenous affairs in Australia with influential Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price. Distinguished as one of Australia's most notable figures in 2023, Price imparts a fresh perspective on her experiences and shares her critical views on the prevailing policies affecting Indigenous Australians.
Through this riveting conversation, Price unearths the damaging effects of the 'groupthink' mentality and the policy of self-determination that has not met its promised outcomes over the past fifty years. She further discusses the debilitating narrative that portrays Aboriginal Australians as victims and demythologizes beliefs surrounding colonialism and modernization. This conversation serves as an open revelation on the realities of Indigenous Australians and a call for a liberal visionary approach for their future.
In delving profounder into these intricacies, Price presents a confounding analysis of socio-cultural allusions and stereotypes prevalent in the Indigenous community. From the Indigenous feminist movement to violence in remote communities and the intersections of traditional culture with modern norms - this expansive discussion scrutinizes dominant narratives and accentuates the need for honest recognition of traditional society's strengths and vulnerabilities. Furthermore, the dialogue hones in on the individual complexities within the Indigenous community, shifting focus from race-based policies to ones centered around need and personal specifics.
The worthy culmination of this spirited chat lies in a heartfelt sharing of Price's Grandfather's life story - a man who defied societal norms and inspired resilience in his lineage. This episode guarantees to be a deep contemplation of the past, a critique of the present, and an optimistic projection for Australia's future from an Indigenous viewpoint. It is a must-listen for all interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Indigenous affairs in Australia.

Wednesday Jan 31, 2024

In this engaging episode of "Liberalism in Question", host Rob Forsyth dialogues with Fraser Nelson, renowned UK journalist and editor of The Spectator. The conversation plunges deep into the dynamics of liberalism, the wrestle for "social justice", and the influence of government on societal transformation.Nelson, an avowed liberal, articulates his understanding of social cohesion's significance and the hazards of an overpowering government. The discourse broadly encompasses the transforming descriptions of liberalism and conservatism, the repercussion of net zero climate objectives, and inspirations from historic figures such as Robert Menzies and Margaret Thatcher. The episode also brings to light the considerable challenges encountered by conservatives in acknowledging emerging societal issues like climate change.Nelson underscores the necessity of adhering to liberal principles and sidestepping impulsive policy decisions influenced by popular clamor. Reflecting on the Queen's address to the United Nations, Nelson indicates that profound societal alterations often spawn from the aspirations of millions as opposed to the resolutions of prime ministers. The discussion culminates with an introspection into the intellectual tradition of liberal thinkers in the UK and the present status of liberalism under a Conservative government. This episode offers an in-depth discourse on UK's political ethos and the future trajectory of liberalism from an esteemed political commentator's perspective. The conversation covers the intricacies of current political parties, their stances, and the potential repercussions of future elections.From the prospect of a Labour Party victory in the ensuing UK general election to apprehensions surrounding press freedom; from the American political scenario's impact on UK politics to the Brexit's national implications - this episode leaves no stone unturned. Substantive discussions orbit the well-being of liberalism post-Brexit, the allure of Scottish nationalism amid political uncertainties, and the convoluted status of Northern Ireland post-Brexit.Nelson imparts his vision of the future, predicting a backlash against identity politics and a resurgence of fundamental ideals like unity, freedom of speech, and equality. This episode serves as a comprehensive examination of UK's political landscape and a contemplative dialogue on the vitality of liberalism and the imperative for convincing, argumentative politicians in the future.

Wednesday Jan 24, 2024

On this episode Rob chats with 17-year-old founder of Australia’s first youth-lead campaign for nuclear energy: Nuclear for Australia, William Shackel. William is actively pushing for the reconsideration of Australia's unique ban on nuclear energy, positioning himself at the forefront of this crucial debate in the Australian landscape. Motivated by his youthful perspective, he is dedicated to addressing the pressing issues surrounding the current and future climate and energy crisis. As Australia grapples with discussions on renewables and strives to achieve its 2050 Net Zero target, William contends that lifting the ban on nuclear energy is a pivotal step towards securing a sustainable future for Australia and subsequent generations.

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