1 hr 6 min

Episode 434 - 9 years of watching democracies fail‪.‬ The Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove

    • Politics

Reflections on 9 Years of Podcasting and Critiques of Modern Democracy
In the 434th episode of the Iron Fist Velvet Glove podcast, the hosts Trevor, Scott, and Joe celebrate their nine-year anniversary and discuss a range of topics focusing on democracy, political integrity, and systemic reforms. They reflect on their past achievements and the ongoing influence of propaganda in shaping public opinion. They critically analyze the financial management of past governments, the influence of powerful oligarchs on democracy, and propose ideas for reducing corruption and enhancing political transparency. The episode also touches on topics like the failure of ‘The Voice’ referendum, the importance of unbiased media, and the impact of wealth disparities on governance. Finally, they express optimism about potential changes through preferential voting and stress the need for fundamental political and institutional reforms.
00:00 Introduction and Anniversary Celebration
00:52 Reflecting on Achievements and Challenges
02:42 Debating Democracy and Political Systems
06:24 The Influence of Propaganda
11:40 Proposing Radical Political Reforms
24:04 Media Influence and Political Competency
32:06 Political Landscape: No Major Differences
33:30 Climate Change and Energy Policies
35:59 Post-Politics Careers and Corruption
37:09 Freedom of Information and Government Secrecy
39:52 War Declarations and Public Service Outsourcing
44:01 Electoral Reforms and Abolishing States
48:38 COVID-19 Response and National Infrastructure
55:39 Julian Assange and Political Repercussions
01:04:22 Concluding Thoughts on Democracy
To financially support the Podcast you can make:
a per-episode donation via Patreon or one-off donation via credit card; orone-off or regular donations via Paypal orif you are into Cryptocurrency you can send Satoshis.
We Livestream every Monday night at 8:00 pm Brisbane time. Follow us on Facebook or YouTube. Watch us live and join the discussion in the chat room.
You can sign up for our newsletter, which links to articles that Trevor has highlighted as potentially interesting and that may be discussed on the podcast. You will get 3 emails per week.
We have a website. www.ironfistvelvetglove.com.au
You can email us. The address is trevor@ironfistvelvetglove.com.au
You can send us a voicemail message at Speakpipe
We have a sister podcast called IFVG Evergreen. It is a collection of evergreen content from the weekly podcast.
Transcripts started in episode 324. You can use this link to search our transcripts.

Reflections on 9 Years of Podcasting and Critiques of Modern Democracy
In the 434th episode of the Iron Fist Velvet Glove podcast, the hosts Trevor, Scott, and Joe celebrate their nine-year anniversary and discuss a range of topics focusing on democracy, political integrity, and systemic reforms. They reflect on their past achievements and the ongoing influence of propaganda in shaping public opinion. They critically analyze the financial management of past governments, the influence of powerful oligarchs on democracy, and propose ideas for reducing corruption and enhancing political transparency. The episode also touches on topics like the failure of ‘The Voice’ referendum, the importance of unbiased media, and the impact of wealth disparities on governance. Finally, they express optimism about potential changes through preferential voting and stress the need for fundamental political and institutional reforms.
00:00 Introduction and Anniversary Celebration
00:52 Reflecting on Achievements and Challenges
02:42 Debating Democracy and Political Systems
06:24 The Influence of Propaganda
11:40 Proposing Radical Political Reforms
24:04 Media Influence and Political Competency
32:06 Political Landscape: No Major Differences
33:30 Climate Change and Energy Policies
35:59 Post-Politics Careers and Corruption
37:09 Freedom of Information and Government Secrecy
39:52 War Declarations and Public Service Outsourcing
44:01 Electoral Reforms and Abolishing States
48:38 COVID-19 Response and National Infrastructure
55:39 Julian Assange and Political Repercussions
01:04:22 Concluding Thoughts on Democracy
To financially support the Podcast you can make:
a per-episode donation via Patreon or one-off donation via credit card; orone-off or regular donations via Paypal orif you are into Cryptocurrency you can send Satoshis.
We Livestream every Monday night at 8:00 pm Brisbane time. Follow us on Facebook or YouTube. Watch us live and join the discussion in the chat room.
You can sign up for our newsletter, which links to articles that Trevor has highlighted as potentially interesting and that may be discussed on the podcast. You will get 3 emails per week.
We have a website. www.ironfistvelvetglove.com.au
You can email us. The address is trevor@ironfistvelvetglove.com.au
You can send us a voicemail message at Speakpipe
We have a sister podcast called IFVG Evergreen. It is a collection of evergreen content from the weekly podcast.
Transcripts started in episode 324. You can use this link to search our transcripts.

1 hr 6 min