Paul Summerville • May 5, 2016

Marlene Dumas (2011) from Amy Winehouse (‘Amy-Blue’), National Portrait Gallery

What I’m listening to. 

Richard Strauss.- Concerto for oboe Amd Small Orchestra in D major

The debate over a guaranteed annual income is nicely analyzed here.

Quick look.

Financial Times Magazine - Could an income for all provide the ultimate safety net?

Paul Summerville • May 3, 2016

What I’m listening to. 

Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Act II: O Isis und Osiris, welche Wonne!

Ian Buruma tiptoes through the anti-semitism controversy tearing the Labour Party apart.

Project Syndicate - Anti-Semitism from the Left

Paul Summerville • April 27, 2016

 What I’m listening to. 

RICHARD STRAUSS - Concerto for oboe Amd Small Orchestra in D major

The Leave side has an opportunity to make the case that migration is absolutely essential to the future of the United Kingdom provided it is done along the lines of countries like Canada or Australia with clear rules and categories of immigrants.

Paul Summerville • April 24, 2016

John Waterhouse (1885) from Saint Eulalia, Tate Britain

What I’m listening to. 

Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben, Cantata BWV 147: 10. Choral: "Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude”

French Jews leave for London: canary in coal mine.

Paul Summerville • April 22, 2016

Luke Fildes (1891) from The Doctor, Tate Britain

What I’m listening to. 

A French Baroque Diva—Arias for Marie Fel—Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

It really is time to bury the idea that there is anything special in the relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, no matter who is President. 

Countries have interests, not friends.

Paul Summerville • April 19, 2016

Edward Burra, from The Snack Bar (1930), Tate Britain.

What I’m listening to. 

Pieces de Clavecin: Suite No. 2: Courante No. 1

No clue.

Financial Times -- Britain’s friends are right to fear Brexit

Despite absurd attempts to deny this, nobody knows what would follow a vote to leave the EU.


Paul Summerville • April 17, 2016

Clive Branson, from Bombed Women and Searchlights (1940), Tate Britain.

What I’m listening to. (ed’s note -- our next neighbourhood choir)

Dario Castello: Sonata Seconda

James Grant’s Broken Record ...

Time -- The United States of Insolvency

$13,903,107,629,266. Can the nation afford this much debt?

Why the US doesn’t need taxes.

Paul Summerville • April 16, 2016

What I’m listening to. (ed’s note -- our local neighbourhood choir)

Advent Hymn: Conditor alme siderum

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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.

When too few get too much everybody loses.

Feminism is about women living their lives on their own terms, marshalling 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.

Free trade is a wonderful thing. Time and time again economists have proven that free trade creates enormous wealth for each country 'on the whole'. Historians have shown that free trade is usually associated with rising political, social and cultural liberty. The perennial problem is that free trade always creates tremendous disruption for thousands even millions of individuals often concentrated in one geography, and where the state is idle, not investing in best in class instruments of social justice, free trade can be a permanent ticket out of the middle class, down, not up.

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.