Tom Enders, John Micklethwait, Adrian Wooldridge


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0:05 Intro by Steffi Czerny
4:00 Why government matters: John Micklethwait explains key aspects of The Wake-Up Call.
4:30 The pandemic exposed the importance of government: “Good government meant that you survived Covid, bad government gave you a very poor chance.”
5:30 Comparing the performance of Asian countries during the pandemic with Britain and the West.
7:20 If Western democracies “keep on neglecting government in the way they have… the future of the world will be back in Asia.” (JM)
9:15 Why the pandemic may turn out to be the wake-up call that actually brings change.
10:10 “…we see China emerging as a superpower… And we see that at a time when global tensions with China are growing.” Adrian Wooldridge.
12:15 Meet “Bill Lincoln”, a fictional president the U.S. may wish were real.
14:35 Taking inspiration from the past: how could government be both smaller and more efficient (again)?
17:30 Europe’s hopes for President Biden.
21:25 America, torn between interventionism and isolationism.
24:15 How conservatives in Britain invented the welfare state.
26:00 “Trump was not an aberration. Trump was a response to a demand.” (AW)
29:00 Joe Biden’s challenges – domestically and internationally.
32:00 The “false positive” of thinking that autocracies can better handle crises than democracies.
35:15 Why Singapore could serve as a role model for the West.
43:00 After Brexit: the tricky relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU.
50:00 Can the European Union thrive without tighter political integration?
51:50 How civil or military service could help to create a new feeling of social cohesion – and “bring clever young people into the state”.
54:30 U.S. vs. China: America “has a capacity to reinvent itself, which is unequaled in the world… And China doesn’t have that.” (AW)
58:20 The difference between Japan in the 1980s and China now.
1:02:10 Wrap-up.

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