24 episodes

Join a trusted and insightful guide, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to walk though one of the most vexed and consequential questions of our time. Are we witnessing the decline of western/liberal democracy?

External threats to our democracies have not gone away - as Vladimir Putin has demonstrated in Ukraine, but we are now realising that the greatest threats to our democracies are not from without but from within.

Defending Democracy with Malcolm Turnbull LiSTNR

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Join a trusted and insightful guide, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to walk though one of the most vexed and consequential questions of our time. Are we witnessing the decline of western/liberal democracy?

External threats to our democracies have not gone away - as Vladimir Putin has demonstrated in Ukraine, but we are now realising that the greatest threats to our democracies are not from without but from within.

    Trump, trade & tariffs: What the US election means for Europe

    Trump, trade & tariffs: What the US election means for Europe

    The potential of a second Trump Presidency has far-reaching implications, particularly in Europe.Cecilia Malmstrom is a Swedish-born politician elected to the European Parliament in 1999, later serving as European commissioner for trade and as European commissioner for home affairs. When Trump was elected, Cecilia promoted free trade worldwide, including an EU/Australia free trade deal when the President imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium.In this episode, Malcolm and Cecilia discuss how immigration and globalisation polarise communities, the threat of right-wing populism to the European Union, and the importance of international cooperation in addressing global challenges like Ukraine. Available on LiSTNR
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    • 29 min
    How can America find common ground?

    How can America find common ground?

    How can we build a society where different opinions are met with curiosity and understanding? Dame Louise Richardson is a counter-terrorism expert, author and the President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and she has some thoughts. In this episode, Dame Louise and Malcolm argue how our environments can bring people back to the centre, reduce division, and inoculate against extremism. Dame Louise believes the public is less divided than politicians would lead you to believe, but the American political system and broader media ecosystem do not encourage moderation.So, what can we learn from unifying institutions like the BBC and NHS? How can universities create space for people to disagree and understand? And is it possible to bring an increasingly partisan United States back together? Available on LiSTNR
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    • 26 min
    The conservative case against Trump

    The conservative case against Trump

    Donald Trump's MAGA movement has inspired a following of non-college-educated, working-class Republican voters; but it's also had a profound impact on Republican policy.  
    Ben Ginsberg is a Republican lawyer who wrote Lost, Not Stolen: The Conservative Case that Trump Lost and Biden Won the 2020 Presidential Election. He says the Republican party would be better off arguing for conservative policy solutions rather than pandering to Donald Trump's personalised wishes.
    Malcolm and Ben discuss the challenges faced by electoral officials in the US and why defending electoral integrity is crucial for maintaining faith in the electoral process and ensuring a peaceful transfer of power. 
    They also discuss what America would look like under Trump 2.0, including the Heritage Foundation's manifesto of Project 2025 and Trump's vengeance towards his political opponents.Available on LiSTNR
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    • 28 min
    Is the political moderate dead?

    Is the political moderate dead?

    Could a Trump 2.0 bring more blatant and dangerous violations of the norms and rules of democracy than we've seen before?
    Larry Diamond, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, has dedicated his life to the cause of liberal democracy.
    Malcolm and Larry discuss the success of centrist candidates in Australia, which is improbable in America because of a combination of primary elections, the sore loser rule and first-past-the-post voting.
    They discuss how, in 2020, Alaska ended partisan primaries and adopted rank-choice voting (preferential voting), allowing more moderate candidate Lisa Murkowski to emerge victorious. Available on LiSTNR 
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    • 31 min
    Why truth is on the ballot this November

    Why truth is on the ballot this November

    In a world of social media echo chambers, misinformation and partisan media, the lines between truth and lies are blurrier than ever.
    Jonathan Rauch knows this well - he's the author of The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth, which describes the crisis in our society, in which we are no longer divided based on different opinions but on other realities.
    Malcolm and Jonathan discuss the norms and rules of reality-based politics and journalism and how communities interact to seek the truth.
    Rauch argues that left-wing-cancel culture and right-wing disinformation are now each other's best friends.  Truth in politics is on the ballot in November.
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    • 31 min
    Does America need a democracy sausage?

    Does America need a democracy sausage?

    As the US election looms, Malcolm talks to Eric H. Holder, Jr., about the United States electoral system, how it compares to Australia, and the significant challenges to democracy the US faces today.
    Eric H. Holder Jr, served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States of America from 2009 to 2015 in the Obama Administration. 
    Holder argues that the health of a democracy can be measured by the number of people who can easily engage in the electoral process.
    America has voluntary voting and a system that allows state legislatures to draw district boundaries through gerrymandering. This practice significantly distorts the political landscape and skews representatives to the left and right, making the primary the main contest for a safe seat.
    Malcolm and Eric delve into the intricacies of the US election process, discussing the role of the Electoral College and its implications for the presidential race, particularly for Joe Biden.Available on LiSTNR
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
175 Ratings

175 Ratings

The Camden Strangler ,

Former Prime Minister with a Podcast?!

This is quickly becoming one of my favourite political podcasts. Malcom is a terrific interviewer who tackles complex political topics in an easily digestible way for the listener. I appreciate how he contrasts democratic systems and shares moments from his time as PM and leader of the LPA.

Although Malcom is no longer a public servant, I’m am thankful for this worthwhile public service.

Aunty RoRo ,

Eric Holder

Terrific podcast. Great interview with the former US AG!

[A shame you weren’t so open & ballsy when you were PM (as you are now), Mr Turnbull. You might have lasted longer. And more Australians would have admired & respected you when in office. Still, it’s never too late! So, thank you for your advocacy in defence of democracy 👍🏽]

jayA0923 ,

Great podcast discussing very relevant topics

Thank you for starting this podcast, I really appreciate the time and effort made in discussing smart, relevant and interesting topics. Would you please consider releasing a longer more candid version of the interviews. I personally wouldn't mind listening to our former PM and his guest for hours. Again thank you for your time. Cheers

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