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
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
China – Ep 297
The Chaser’s war on News Corp has cost the media giant hundreds of thousands of dollars
The Tyranny of Merit
Do people in Britain resent the rich?
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.
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
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
Episode 294 - Looking beyond race
In this episode we discuss:
Essential Poll – Men Haven’t Changed Their Opinions
Football Dickheads and Gender Equality
NRL ‘stand down’ policy
Patriarchy or Right Wing Problem
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
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
Amanda Stoker is in charge!
Council Prayers are Illegal
How about that Rain?
Factions in the Liberal Party
BBC Captain’s Speech
The significance of sex — can it be recovered through consent alone?
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
Big wins based on Covid response
Gender in Politics
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
News Corp gives Kevin Rudd the silent treatment
Murdoch Papers and Iraq
Female MP awarded Japan’s most sexist comment
Milo Yiannopoulos gives up being gay (for Jesus)
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.
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.
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?