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Paul Summerville • February 11, 2016

What I’m listening to.

Baroque Music For Trumpets Wynton Marsalis

Catching waves.

New Yorker -- Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story of How Scientists Finally Found Them

In the search for gravitational waves, “most of the action takes place on the phone,” Fred Raab, the head of LIGO’s Hanford site, told me.

Paul Summerville • February 10, 2016

What I’m listening to.

Grieg -- Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: Morning Mood

Doing a ‘Cruz’ is time consuming and expensive.

Globe and Mail -- Delays, costs mount for Canadians renouncing U.S. citizenship

Here we go again.

Paul Summerville • February 9, 2016


What I’m listening to.

Symphony No.6, Pastorale Beethovan

The state, oil companies, and stakeholders need to work this one out.

Globe and Mail -- Our energy economy should be celebrated, not shunned

Making second class citizens.

Paul Summerville • February 8, 2016

What I’m listening to.

Chant & Polyphony from Medieval England

Out of reach. (ed’s note: Geez, try London, or New York ...)

Globe and Mail -- Looking to buy a first home in Toronto? Good luck with that

In the city of Toronto, a couple with combined gross income of $120,000 can afford a house worth $657,563.


Paul Summerville • February 6, 2016

What I’m listening to.

Telemann Suite in B flat," La Bourse", Tafelmusik

Please, stop invoking god to celebrate your good luck ... particularly when others die.

Paul Summerville • February 4, 2016

What I'm listening to.

Henry Purcell - Te Deum and Jubilate Deo, I

Brand new global economy.

Project Syndicate -- The Global Economy’s New Abnormal

Since the beginning of the year, the world economy has faced a new bout of severe financial market volatility, marked by sharply falling prices for equities and other risky assets.

Paul Summerville • February 3, 2016

What I’m listening to.

Telemann, Don Quixote Suite, No. 1 - 4

The bigger winner in Iowa.

Chicago Tribune -- Marco Rubio is the establishment GOP's new kid in town

If presidential politics were some half-bad movie you'd find while flipping through cable on a sleepless night, you might see this one:

"Jeb! Wandering Pilgrim in New Hampshire"


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Twin Virtues

Ultimately, the most successful societies find the balance between the twin virtues of inequality of outcomes and equality of opportunity.

The new politics must marry the twin virtues of unequal outcomes and equality of opportunity.

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Feminism is about women living their lives on their own terms, marshaling the resources of the society to make that possible, and men embracing this as vital to a successful society and their own liberation.

Can it be that striving for equality of opportunity however imperfect the process not only benefits the individual but also creates benefits for the society that are unintended but wonderful?

Economics must be a 'moral enterprise' as much as politics claims to be. Economic outcomes need to be framed in terms of right and wrong not just efficiency if only because these often align in surprising ways that are good for society and the economy.

My vision of Canada is that any Canadian child from a family of limited circumstance can expect to have a chance at lifetime of unlimited opportunities.

Tax policy should be founded on the principle of generating steady tax revenues sufficient to maximise environmentally sustainable economic growth in order to fund fair government.

Public policy should be designed to decrease inequality before the law and increase equality of opportunity.

Capitalism is not the problem; the problem is what we do with capitalism.

Content is always more difficult to argue than conspiracy.

Let the state regulate and the market operate (most things).

Welfare strategies are best designed as a hand up, not as a hand out.

Political debate should not be fact free fighting.

Explanation lasts longer than eloquence.

Always favour empowerment over dependency.

The most enduring public figures are embraced for the causes they fought for and not the concept of themselves they hoped others would remember them by.

Find your voice and don't be the echo of somebody else.

It is possible to operate on two different levels: the practical, cautious and conservative; and the realm of ideas, open, free, and radical.