The politics of everything that matters to mankind in the 20th century

The Politics of Everything

Hosted by Amber Daines, The Politics of Everything launched in May 2017 as a weekly podcast series asking newsworthy experts and leaders the tricky questions about the politics of everything that matters to mankind in the 21st century. 

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August 9th 2022
147: The Politics of Free Will - David Lawrence
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Free will is something we all perhaps don't think a lot about in our everyday lives.


My guest today David Lawrence is the author of Are We Biochemical Robots. He is a social critic and animal rights advocate, and philosophical proponent of free will, opposing the determinist views held by many new media personalities. David wrote his book as a response to the 10th anniversary of another author Sam Harris' book Free Will, in an effort to expose the flawed thinking that Harris' book and determinist ideology present - and to address the central arguments against the existence of free will.

David holds a B.A. in Philosophy from UCLA as well as Jurisdoctor Law Degree from USC.

So this is an episode for the thinkers among us as we discuss determinism, free will, and why the great debate between them matters more than ever.

We talk about:

  1. How can free will be defined and is it something most humans take for granted? Please explain your perspective in a few sentences.
  2. What is determinism and what does that have to do with free will?
  3. In your words, determinists have markedly grown in number over the past decade, in large part due to a misreading of neuroscience studies seeking to link prior neural brain activity to the exercise of choice. At the same time, the moral importance of the free will debate has been increasing in intensity due to other scientific findings, which demonstrate that determinist beliefs promote cheating and other anti-social conduct. For many successful people and those who aspire to be say wealthier or smarter or more goal-orientated that may seem like the natural way to reach their goals in business or sport, for example. What is the counter argument to this and how can it help society function better?
  4. Take away: What is your final takeaway message for us on The Politics of Free Will?



August 2nd 2022
146: The Politics of The Israeli Tech Sector - Yoel Israel
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Israel is an entrepreneurial powerhouse and a hotbed for pioneering technologies, profitable business opportunities, and high investment returns. For these reasons, it is no surprise that the world's leading multinational companies have all chosen Israel: Microsoft, Motorola, Google, Apple (three R&D centres), Facebook, Berkshire-Hathaway, Intel, HP, Siemens, GE, IBM, Philips, Lucent, AOL, Cisco, Applied Materials, IBM, J&J, EMC, and Toshiba are just some of the names in a long list of over 200 MNCs who realized that Israel is their ideal investment opportunity 

Furthermore, many multinational corporates such as Tata, Kodak, Citi bank, and many others have established innovation HQs in Israel.

So how does Israel manage to stay on top of technology in a variety of sectors? Moreover, what makes it so unique that so many international players come and seek the next innovation here?

To find out, we hear from Yoel Israel an Israeli-American tech entrepreneur who has been at the forefront of the Israeli marketing ecosystem.

He founded WadiDigital, Israel's leading technology marketing agency, and Cyfluencer, a cybersecurity influencer & distribution platform as well as Israel Unfiltered a social platform that highlights the culture and the people of Israel, to the English-speaking world.

Yoel's extensive background in marketing and technology is matched only by his passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. He has been able to establish himself as a leader in the industry, both through building WadiDigital and founding Cyfluencer. 

Today, Yoel lives in the Haifa District of Israel with his wife and two daughters. Shalom Yoel.

Hear from Yoel about:


  1. How did Israel become the self-proclaimed tech start-up capital of the world? It must be more than just government support?
  1. In 2016 alone, Israeli start-ups raised a record $4.8 billion from investors, while high-tech and start-up companies were sold for $10.02 billion through acquisitions or IPO's. Israel is also home to the highest number of engineers per capita and has the world's 2nd highest R&D expenditure as percent of GDP (4.3%). Has the pandemic and factors like wars and inflationary pressures in the USA for example dampened this in 2022?
  1. One recent article I read says "Israel's tech ecosystem is strong and vibrant, but areas of vulnerability could pose challenges to the industry and possibly to the wider Israeli economy" - this was warned the outgoing executive director of tech-focused organization Start-Up Nation Central (SNC), Wendy Singer. What do you think of this perspective and how can that be overcome?
  1. Take away: What is your final takeaway message for us on The Politics of the Israeli Tech Sector?



July 26th 2022
145: The Politics of Entrepreneurship - Jack Delosa
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Entrepreneurship is often lauded with stories of skyrocketing success which inspire us to think about our own careers and business experiences. This success and public profile sometimes come after one or two big setbacks, maybe in the wake of business lessons learned hard way and bankruptcies even. 

My guest today is both an entrepreneur and someone who leads scores of budding entrepreneurs. Jack Delosa has personally trained, mentored, and presented live to over 245,000 entrepreneurs and companies including ASX200 companies, SMEs, governments, athletes, NRL and AFL clubs, celebrities, and some of the world's leading entrepreneurs.

Jack has a string of accolades like being a five times AFR Young Rich Lister, a two-times-selling author, and the founder of Australia's largest business coaching and training provider for entrepreneurs, The Entourage, which has a community of 650,000 members. Since 2010, The Entourage has helped members add over $2 billion in value to their businesses. Under his leadership, The Entourage has been awarded the 4th Best Place to Work in Australia, and the Top 50 in Australasia, by Best Places To Work.

 Jack is also a high-profile investor, having invested in companies spanning biotechnology, luxury real estate, finance, e-commerce retail, recruitment, and even aviation, including one company that became what's known in Silicon Valley as a 'unicorn'; as in a business that goes from $0 to $1 billion within ten years.

Hear from Jack on:


  1. Are entrepreneurs born or made or is that too simplistic?
  2. What made you start The Entourage and how has that program changed and kept pace with what entrepreneurs need and want to know over the past 12 years?
  3. What qualities does a true entrepreneur have and who is your pick of the crop (favourite entrepreneur and why)?
  4. Do most entrepreneurs have to take big risks or fail fast, or can there be a slow-burn version of entrepreneurship that works well too?
  5. Takeaway: What is your overarching message for anyone facing The Politics of Entrepreneurs?


To connect:

LinkedIn: Jack Delosa | LinkedIn