The Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove
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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.
||ExplicitEpisode 194 – Christchurch and Egg Boy||Christchurch and the issues of Identity, Incels, Jacinda Ardern, 8chan and Egg Boy. White Terrorism in Christchurch His manifesto: Claiming to represent “millions of European and other ethno-nationalist peoples”,||19 3 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 193 – Hugh Harris on Politics, Religion and Sex||Hugh Harris joins the podcast to discuss Politics, Religion and Sex in Australia. 0:56 The 8th of March was International Women’s Day What better way to celebrate than to get the opinion of another white privileged heterosexual male ……Read more||12 3 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 192 – Catholics, Human Rights, Evolution and Ita||The Catholic Church and the Morrison Government compete to produce more scandals than we can handle. 2:28 Voluntary Assisted Dying From DWDQ: Just two Labor MPs decided against supporting the abortion decriminalisation bill in the end with one choosing.||5 3 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 191 – Voluntary Assisted Dying in Qld||The Queensland Parliament is considering introducing Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) legislation and has set up an inquiry into End of Life choices. Dying With Dignity Queensland Inc (DWDQ) wants you to understand the issues and hopefully make a submis.||26 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 190 – Erik Mostert||An interview with Erik Mostert about the source of moral belief and Erik’s theory that we need to keep in mind our animal nature. Here is a link to Erik’s article in Areo Magazine. Here is a link to David Gillespie’s book Taming Toxic People||20 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 189 – Left, Right, Black Face, Colourism and Universal Morals||Plenty of humour in this episode as we debate a breadth of topics that no other podcast would be game to attempt. Generally in this podcast: We criticise the left for obsessing over identity politics while ignoring the poor,…Read more ›||19 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 188 – Peterson, Pinker and Peckers||The only podcast to discuss Mortgage Brokers, Jordan Peterson, Steven Pinker, franking credits and restoring a circumcised penis. And people say we are too blokey? Review of The Secular Party event in Melbourne. Review of Episode 187||12 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 187A- God Forbid||There was a problem with the first post so here is a second attempt. In this episode, The Iron Fist reviews a recent God Forbid podcast. That podcast purported to provide a balanced discussion of religious freedom in Australia but,…Read more ›||5 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 187 – God Forbid||In this episode, The Iron Fist reviews a recent God Forbid podcast. That podcast purported to provide a balanced discussion of religious freedom in Australia but, in fact, failed miserably to shed light on many compelling secular arguments.…Read mor||5 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 186 – Venezuela, Davos and claims of racism||The Velvet Glove and The 12th Man will be in Melbourne on the 9th and 10th of February. The boys would love to catch up with listeners on Sunday morning for breakfast. Email email@example.com and we will let you know the details.||29 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 185 – Gillette, Gender, Race and Class||It’s the class war, Stupid! Left-wing commentators miss the point. They are willing to talk endlessly about gender wars and racial privilege while ignoring the plight of the working class. 1:46 Our pre-match pep talk for Waz.…Read more ›||22 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 184 – Nazis, Foreign Fighters and Whitehouse Hamburgers||It’s been quiet in Australia. Everyone is still on holidays or on the “go slow” except for Fraser Anning and the Nazis. Jonathon Pie: We’ve reached peak Nazi (language warning) Fascist Vs Nazi Fascism is a form of radical authoritarian ultra||16 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 183 – Vetoes, walls and fishing for whales||No other podcast would be game enough to tackle in one episode an explanation or debate over the Trump wall, presidential veto powers, presidential transition arrangements, EU funding of the wall between Turkey and Syria,||6 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 181 – Highlights from February 2018||Here are the highlights from February 2018. 0:40 Should vaccinations be compulsory 13:43 Further discussion about government compulsion 28:54 Kenan Malik on philosophers 35:45 USA a******s 39:12 Han Tu on Indonesia and China and our ability to repel an.||30 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 180B – Merry Christmas 2018||Merry Christmas from Fist, Glove and 12th. This bonus Christmas day episode has nothing to do with Christmas and simply includes our discussions from episode 135 with Brett and Matt. We really enjoyed these discussions so if you would like to record a .||24 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 180 – Highlights from January 2018||We present the highlights of the Iron Fist Velvet Glove Podcast from January 2018. 1:38 Pirate Theory 9:17 Our economy is a house of cards 31:38 Command and Control 38:22 Flo is dead 43:40 GST causes a split in Aboriginal people||23 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 179 – An ill-tempered mule that kicks innocent children||The Ruddock Report is morally and ethically flawed from beginning to end. It was conceived the bastard offspring of two different animals, the father being the Right Wing horse of the Liberal Party and which forced itself on the weakened mother,||17 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 178 – Forget boats, they come by plane now.||It was Rudd not Morrison who stopped the boats and the big problem now is arrivals by plane. And we discuss “consent” in the context of sub-incision, virgin births and Noam Chomsky. 1:45 The Fist Was Wrong Hi Trevor,…Read more ›||11 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 177 – A Pandora’s Box of Religious Privilege||The Ruddock Inquiry has opened up a Pandora’s box of religious privilege. The debate about expelling gay students has now widened to include criticism of teaching anti-gay religious doctrine. 1:24 We Won A Podcast Award||5 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 176 – A parasite is feeding on the Liberal Party||It’s too late for the Liberal Party. The religious right is a parasite which has taken over the Liberal Party and will feed on the host until they both die. 1:33 A Big Win for the Andrews Government What have we learned from the result?…Read more||27 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 175 – Brexit, Amazon and Unusual Characters||In this episode, we discuss Brexit, Baby Boomers, delivery methods for Corporate Fascism, a limbless preacher, an atheist preacher, the lucky country, Scomo nonsense, a cybersecurity minister who has never used a computer,||20 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 174 – Freedom For Faith||If there is a lesson to be learned from this episode it is “Don’t record a podcast in the kitchen of a Mexican restaurant”. Particularly when they are closing up for the night. Seriously, the audio is bad and you should not listen to this episod||15 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 173 – Morrison is a fair dinkum drongo||Our fair dinkum Aussie podcast would like to swap the blithering idiot Scomo for an evil genius. Qantas is facing calls to match Virgin’s decision to give priority boarding to war veterans and salute them before take-off. 3:05 Oh FFS!…Read more ›||8 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 172 – Certificates for Birth and Consensual Sex||A birth certificate without gender. A confirmation certificate without religion. A competency certificate for sexual consent. All will be revealed in episode 172. Bible Lessons are back on the agenda in Victoria 2:59 From The Age:||1 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 171 – An Australian Ex-Mormon||In this episode, we interview Brother Joseph who describes his experience as an Australian Mormon.…Read more ›||23 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 170 – The Ruddock Report in a Nutshell||Finally, a good week for secularism. It’s fair to say that the playing out of the Ruddock Inquiry saga is irony at it’s best. Ironic – happening in a way contrary to what is expected, and typically causing wry amusement because of this.…Read mo||16 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 169 – David Gillespie||If you are considering what school to send your children to then this podcast is essential listening. In this episode, Trevor interviews David Gillespie, the author of “Free Schools – How to get a great education for your kids without spending a for||8 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 168 – Mormon Bonus||A few people enjoyed our recent discussion about Mormons so I’ve cobbled together some extracts from episodes 28, 29 and 30 to create a little bonus episode. Cheers Fist…Read more ›||4 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 167 – Ignorant politicians and an honourable thief||Our Australian podcast gives Education Minister Dan Tehan the Dan Quayle Award and we introduce an honourable thief. 5:33 David Gillespie gives some more analogies regarding our government’s funding of private schools.||3 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 166 – Needy Private Schools, Free Will and Other Myths – an Australian Podcast||We start out with a shout out to Wilks and Tim and then launch into a discussion about government funding of private schools in Australia. If you want a private system, then you should fund 100% yourself.…Read more ›||27 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 165 – Morrison is testing the waters of religious privilege||Scott Morrison has tested his religious agenda on Sky News, The 7:30 Report, 2GB and The New York Times. We should all be worried. 3:17 Morrison on Sky News So a school should be able to sack a teacher for immoral un-Christian behaviour but a Board or||18 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 164 – The crazy left attacks Bandt but supports Serena||The Left has no moral compass. It attacked Adam Bandt for admiring his hot wife but supported the disgraceful behaviour of Serena Williams. 3:08 His hot wife gets Adam Bandt into hot water Here are some of the comments: Katred Stave –…Read more ›||11 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 163 – The Demise of the Nation State||Money shuffling by multi-nationals has left sovereign states powerless. 2:38 The Fist appeared on The B******t Filter 6:13 Apparently, we are not allowed to poke fun at the religious belief of our Prime Minister||4 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 162 – Who is Scott Morrison?||Everything you need to know about our new Prime Minister. We review our predictions from episode 54 Scott Morrison is the fifth prime minister in five years. Leadership changes in summary The Liberal Party seems to be falling for “Balmain basket wea||28 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 161 – The Liberal Party Suffers The Final Solution||1:00 Turnbull Vs Dutton. The conservative religious nutters can’t stand having a progressive in charge of their “Conservative” Party. Welcome to the future of the Liberal Party as it lurches into a Tea Party abyss of conservative ideology.||22 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 160 – Aboriginal Culture Must Take Some Blame||We gird our loins and question high rates of sexual harassment in Universities and then put on our asbestos suits and argue that Aboriginal culture must take some blame for the sorry state of Aboriginal people. 1:02 Sexual assault in our Universities.||14 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 159 – Freedom of Speech and Alex Jones||The Iron Fist provides 3 simple rules for Freedom of Speech conundrums. 2:21 Right Wing Tony – If you ignore tax, we agreed on a lot. Listener feedback was mixed. 8:52 Swedish Police confirmed to Fox News the man whose deportation Ms Ersson prevented||9 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 158A – Better Audio Version – The Return of Right Wing Tony||Right Wing Tony reflects on the by-election results and we discuss the issues of the week including Lauren Southern, Donor Sperm, protesting in a plane, Nine buying Fairfax, an Angry Buddhist and a Government Relations Officer who criticised the gover||1 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 158 – The Return of Right Wing Tony||Right Wing Tony reflects on the by-election results and we discuss the issues of the week including Lauren Southern, Donor Sperm, protesting in a plane, Nine buying Fairfax, an Angry Buddhist and a Government Relations Officer who criticised the gover||31 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 157 – A Bunch of Losers Debunk Some Myths||To change minds, offer an alternative instead of a vacuum. 2:10 The Unions want to indoctrinate children 9:25 Bill of Rights clarification. I’m not trying to con people. 15:35 Identity Politics –…Read more ›||24 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 156 – Reason, Rights, Catholics and Angry Virgins||The only podcast which combines Constitutional Law, Sex Dolls, Gun Control, Selfish Catholics, Angry Consecrated Virgins, State of Origin and Branch Stacking into a compelling 90-minute discussion. 2:01 Robin Bristow discusses the Reason Party and a pe||18 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 155 – The Double Standards of Christian Crybabies||Senator Dan Tehan is the latest Christian Crybaby to lament over a false picture of declining Christian power and James Paterson abandons his free speech principles to appease Mormon powerbrokers in the Victorian Liberal Party.||11 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 154 – Senate Prayers, Paedophilic Employees and Danish Assimilation||Why Suncorp should have hired a paedophile plus Senate prayers and incredible new assimilation laws in Denmark. 2:10 Greens move to scrap ‘archaic’ Lord’s prayer in Senate sittings 7:38 According to Lyle Shelton,||5 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 153 – Death, Taxes and Deep Throat||Our very own Deep Throat joins us to discuss Assisted Dying, Average Incomes, Discrimination, The United Nations, Mother Theresa and Private Health Insurance. 3:10 Dying with Dignity in Qld 16:05 The Hippocratic Oath||26 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 152 – Confessions, Christians and Treadmills||Catholic Priests consider themselves above the law and Christians continue their takeover of the Liberal Party. 1:15 The Fist bags soccer 4:50 Trump and child concentration camps. 19:53 Meredith should thank us for improved fitness levels||20 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 151 – Science will undermine Liberal Humanism||Science has undermined religion and is about to do the same to Liberal Humanism. If your version of Humanism prioritises individual freedom of choice but science reveals that freedom of choice is a myth, then it might be time to choose a different bran.||13 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 150 – An interview with Meredith Doig||Episode 150 features an interview with Meredith Doig. We started with a brief overview of Meredith’s career and then had a discussion about The Rationalists and what they do and their objectives. Questions for Meredith included:||5 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 149 – The N Word, Pirates and The Noble Savage||We discuss the N word, the surprisingly civilised nature of pirate society, the dangers posed by robots and we and examine the interaction between discrimination and culture. Topics: 1:06 The number of Canberrans choosing to end their lives with volunt.||31 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 148 – English Weddings and English Signs||We discuss the test case against School Chaplains and The Fist identifies a possible problem. We give you a different take on the Royal Wedding ceremony and Hugh and The 12th Man gang up against The Fist over English signs and banning books that incite.||22 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 147 – Was Karl Marx Right?||We continue on from episode 146 with a discussion on courtroom attire, migration numbers in Europe and the prescience of Karl Marx. Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out …Read more ›||16 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Always thought provoking
Iron fist and velvet glove is a deep dive into secular discussion in Australia and some international sources. You won’t always agree with them but they will make you analyse your own views and at the very least inform you of some of the undercurrents in political and religious spheres.
Well worth your time.
News + Opions + Open Minded Truth-Seeking
Listen in if you like your weekly news and opinions provided by intelligent, witty, open minded, truth-seeking commentators with small egos.
These guys are kicking goals for secular, rational, humanist Australians.
Prepare to be challenged!
In a society where politics is polarised to such a degree where the latte-lovers on the left can't come together to speak to the troglodites on the right, it's refreshing to listen to a podcast that seeks to challenge the radical ideas perpetuated by both extremes of the political divide.
So really, don't listen to this podcast if you don't want to be challenged on your political ideology, or can't mount an argument in defence of your own ideas.
It's an easy listen, with no real wading throught the weeds of heavy political and social theory. It's an entertaining, fun, and challenging listen, and has become a must-listen in a very short time.