What if everything the government does was privatised? Not the law making, but all of the other functions and agencies and quangos.
Could it be done quickly? What would be the consequences, and should we start with something small first… like the NHS.
As we discuss going the whole hog, we realise we never started the podcast wanting to talk about any of this, but ended up having what we think is an interesting discussion.
But were we always on the same page? We also analyse our thought processes around the conversation, and how we constructed our arguments in order to communicate with each other effectively. We are always interested in improving how we think critically, so this was a revealing retrospective on the conversation, that wouldn’t normally be aired.
Are we heading for the end of the human species as predicted by Extinction Rebellion?
In the middle of the second week of London protests and blockades, we discuss some of the issues surrounding Anthropogenic Global Warming, and climate change in general.
Does it play into their hands if we arrest the protesters, as George Monbiot orchestrated this afternoon?
If humans really are causing the planet to warm, then if communism really the answer?
What about the fact that ice cores show that the planet warms and cools on its own, and that the Medieval Warming Period and Little Ice Age existed?
We discuss all this, and how it’s good news that Greta Thunberg didn’t win the Nobel Peace Prize, and how instead of following her every move, we should focus on people like Boyan Slat, who at age 16 decided to make a real difference and clean up the planet.
Dr Shiva Ayyadurai: https://shiva4senate.com/
In a week dominated by reports in the media of parliament using inflammatory language, and the announcement that Sam Smith wants people to use new preferred pronouns, we discuss whether our natural language is becoming more like a formal one.
What are the differences between a formal and natural language? What’s the importance of context in our speech and communication?
Do our MPs go too far with words like “surrender” and “betrayal”?
We make predictions of where this may all end, and if we are seeing the turning point against woke culture.
Is centrism really the answer to any political question?
Is the centre ground really the safe area furthest from the two dominant authoritarian ideologies of the 20th century, or merely a cherry picked, statist mix of the two; dressed up to sound reasonable and measured?
From critiquing Rory Stewart’s centrist “bow” to whether or not people have abandoned ideologies, we discuss if political centrism is really that benign and perhaps the modern, accepted forms of statism can be countered without being branded an extremist.
As predicted, Boris Johnson has decided to end the current parliamentary session (the longest in modern times), and trigger a new Queen’s Speech. Remainists are naturally going crazy, and talking of constitutional outrage.
But what does it actually mean for Brexit on 31 October? Is there time for fast-tracked, Bercow-enabled law that would either revoke Article 50, extend the deadline, or somehow prevent a “no deal”? What about passing a law that would stop prorogation itself? Is there even time left now in the parliamentary session?
We discuss all this and the finer details of the Fixed Term Parliament Act, and whether Boris has pulled a blinder.
Fixed Term Parliament Act 2011 – http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2011/14/enacted
House of Commons Library Briefing Paper on Prorogation – https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-8589
This week, we’re interested in rights. Specifically, the difference between negative & positive rights and what they mean.
We also discuss the difference between moral absolutism & relativism and how the left use the difficulties in defining boundaries for nefarious means when they talk about the greater good.