Roadmap to Par­adise

Corey White has some bright ideas

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What was the idea be­hind this show?

One thing that’s both­ered me about a lot of po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary is how peo­ple are happy to just cri­tique with­out ever of­fer­ing any so­lu­tions and I think there’s some­thing dispir­it­ing and de­press­ing in al­ways talk­ing about the neg­a­tives on how things are messed up or not work­ing prop­erly with­out of­fer­ing real con­crete so­lu­tions.

I’m big on try­ing to pro­vide op­ti­mism and hope for peo­ple. So we picked these 10 is­sues, which I be­lieve are pretty fun­da­men­tal power prob­lems in lib­eral Western democ­ra­cies.

How did you de­cide what you were go­ing to cover?

It’s 10 com­pletely sep­a­rate is­sues. I guess the cri­te­ria I was us­ing when I se­lected those is­sues is to think of some­thing that re­ally af­fects and de­ter­mines and shapes a large part of our so­ci­ety and cre­ates prob­lems, cre­ates a lot of happiness or un­hap­pi­ness.

And so do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is a big one, cap­i­tal­ism, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism, ter­ror­ism, fos­ter care, drugs and gambling.

There are also some re­ally cool scenes and very funny stuff that hap­pens in episodes and some­times I picked an is­sue be­cause I could see that it would make an amaz­ing scene. It is a com­edy show and I think it’s ex­cit­ing and I think peo­ple are go­ing to en­joy it.

You’ve clearly done your re­search on all of these top­ics, when did you start?

I think my whole life I’ve been in­ter­ested in the prob­lem of how so­ci­ety can go wrong, hav­ing grown up in fos­ter care and I guess in­ter­act­ing with a lot of these is­sues in some way – drugs and all kind of things.

It’s just in­grained in me to try to get to the heart of things and I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in eco­nom­ics and pol­i­tics and so­cial is­sues and phi­los­o­phy, and I guess I’ve al­ways tried to read widely and con­sume a lot of me­dia about all these big hu­man prob­lems.

Are you hope­ful that some of these so­lu­tions might ac­tu­ally be im­ple­mented in some way?

Cer­tainly. With some of the is­sues there’s a lot of wrong­headed think­ing.

But I think more than these so­lu­tions I’m hop­ing peo­ple be­gin to think in this way and try to ei­ther ac­cept that some of the prob­lems in the world that we try to solve will never go away and to just con­tent them­selves with min­imi­sa­tion of harm, and then on other top­ics to seek re­ally rad­i­cal so­lu­tions.

Corey White’s Roadmap to Par­adise, Wed­nes­day, 10.05pm on ABC and ABC iview


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