272 episodes

The Iron Fist and The Velvet Glove is a weekly podcast which takes a look at news, political events, culture, ethics and the transformations taking place in our society.



We try to look at news events and examine whether they are good or bad, whether they are part of a larger trend, what social forces are at work and what are the implications for our future.



A typical episode is an eclectic mix of serious ideas and amusing stories. We might well be cataloguing the demise of civilisation but we try to have fun while doing so.



We are Australian so we include a lot of Australian stories but Australia is a small fish in a big pond and we consequently look at a lot of international events which are relevant to everyone.



We hope you enjoy the podcast.

The Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove The Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove

    • News
    • 4.8 • 51 Ratings

The Iron Fist and The Velvet Glove is a weekly podcast which takes a look at news, political events, culture, ethics and the transformations taking place in our society.



We try to look at news events and examine whether they are good or bad, whether they are part of a larger trend, what social forces are at work and what are the implications for our future.



A typical episode is an eclectic mix of serious ideas and amusing stories. We might well be cataloguing the demise of civilisation but we try to have fun while doing so.



We are Australian so we include a lot of Australian stories but Australia is a small fish in a big pond and we consequently look at a lot of international events which are relevant to everyone.



We hope you enjoy the podcast.

    Episode 297 - The Tyranny of Merit

    Episode 297 - The Tyranny of Merit

    Scott Morrison – Overtly Religious?
    The Shovel found Bible References
    Catholic Church Vs WA
    John Howard calls for religious schools to have an anti-discrimination exemption
    New patrons
    China – Ep 297
    Prince Philip
    The Chaser’s war on News Corp has cost the media giant hundreds of thousands of dollars
    The Tyranny of Merit
    Gutenberg
    Do people in Britain resent the rich?
    Sandel

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Episode 296 – Anzac Day 2021

    Episode 296 – Anzac Day 2021

    In this episode, I present a secular Anzac Day ceremony for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own driveway.
    This is a repeat from 2020.

    • 32 min
    Episode 295 - From Juxtaposition to Gilead Down Under

    Episode 295 - From Juxtaposition to Gilead Down Under

    In this episode we discuss:
    Noosa Temple of Satan Update
    Dance troupe 101 Doll Squadron defends performance at HMAS Supply launch in Sydney
    I See The Handmaids Tale Everywhere
    At least WA libs reached gender equality
    Some See Racism Everywhere
    I See Christians Everywhere
    Morrison’s University Thesis
    Britons saw Prince Philip everywhere on BBC
    New patrons
    Christine Holgate
    Fairy Bread
    Meritorious Unit Citations
    Good riddance to a bad war: Afghanistan
    The race to the bottom on cutting company tax rates has failed
    New Study Suggests Education Is Key to COVID-19 Mortality
    Clot Morrison - Australian Covid-19 vaccinations

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 294 - Looking beyond race

    Episode 294 - Looking beyond race

    In this episode we discuss:
    Essential Poll – Men Haven’t Changed Their Opinions
    Newspoll
    Gender Quotas
    Football Dickheads and Gender Equality
    NRL ‘stand down’ policy
    Republic
    Patriarchy or Right Wing Problem
    Bridget McKenzie
    A new patron
    Andrew Laming and Chaplaincy
    Scientology shifts millions to Australia
    Scientology is shrinking fast
    Amanda Stoker- A Reluctant Champion of Satanic Shoes
    Labor will agree with Stoker
    Stoker appears to have changed
    American “woke” culture in French life.
    Is The UK a racist society?
    The left should concentrate on class
    The ABC - value, popularity and bias
    Sporting Boycotts

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Episode 293 - Wankers, Accountability and Consent

    Episode 293 - Wankers, Accountability and Consent

    There is a W****r in the House
    Sam Dastyari told Morrison in Jan 2019
    The Chaser Nails it
    The AFP Commissioner Backflipped
    Leigh Sales
    Amanda Stoker is in charge!
    Council Prayers are Illegal
    How about that Rain?
    QandA
    Happiness Index
    Factions in the Liberal Party
    BBC Captain’s Speech
    Phone Sex
    The significance of sex — can it be recovered through consent alone?
    Patrons
    https://ironfistvelvetglove.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/ep293notes.pdf (ep293notes)

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Episode 292 - Christian Porter, Gender and Feminism

    Episode 292 - Christian Porter, Gender and Feminism

    Christian Porter has cleverly sidestepped a well-resourced independent inquiry to take on the ABC in a defamation action where the onus is not on him. An inquiry was likely to be inconclusive whereas a defamation action will possibly find in his favour.
    Christian Porter Sues the ABC for Defamation
    Essential Poll on Sexual Assault
    WA Election
    Big wins based on Covid response
    Essential Poll
    Gender Votes
    Gender in Politics
    NTOS Update
    Landon Hardbottom
    Is it racist to ponder what the skin colour of a new baby will be?
    Boss of MinterEllison reportedly leaves law firm over Christian Porter furore
    Boomer Feminism – is this a thing Shae?
    Tory Shepherd calls BS
    Petition EN2215
    News Corp gives Kevin Rudd the silent treatment
    Murdoch Papers and Iraq
    Female MP awarded Japan’s most sexist comment
    Burqa ban
    Milo Yiannopoulos gives up being gay (for Jesus)

    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

DonMarn ,

General review of the podcast

From a political and society perspective I have found this podcast to be a terrific and sometimes challenging listen. Terrific because of the topics abs diversity of guests and challenging because of the topics which have made me rethink some of my understandings based on my ‘non-white’ male perspective of the world around me.

By far the biggest challenge has been the ongoing whispering of one of the regulars that requires a constant adjustment of the volume. I now generally ignore most of what this person says because it’s seems he does not want to be heard. I’m sure he has great comments /ideas, and perhaps the producers can bring up his volume!

Otherwise a great show - thanks for the effort and the opportunity for insights to the ideas you share.

David Brough ,

Excellent podcast

I look forward each week to this great podcast, and I’m grateful that there is someone other than myself with ideas about politics and religion. Please accepts my thanks.

By Maddy Wright ,

Trevor thinks he’s hilarious.....actually

The whole cast is. I was never interested in politics or the make up of the Australian Political Landscape, happy to be annoyed at whichever government in power. This show actually educated me..in a way I can relate to...with humour, bias opinion and simple language I can understand. Cast is great and the odd guest is well received...especially enjoyed Cam Riley’s tone. When can I vote for the Iron Fist party to rule the nation?

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