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 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 12, 2016

What I’m listening to. 

Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice - Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Why ‘remainers’ need to make a better economic case.

Financial Times -- Britain’s pro-Europe campaigners are losing the argument

The main economic factors in favour of EU are not trade, but research, science and innovation policy


Paul Summerville • April 3, 2016

What I’m listening to. 

Mozart -- Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, K. 39: I. Allegro Spiritoso

New voices.

Project Syndicate -- When Things Fall Apart

All over the world today, there is a sense of the end of an era, a deep foreboding about the disintegration of previously stable societies.


Paul Summerville • April 2, 2016

What I’m listening to. (ed’s note -- moving into the neighbourhood)

O Magnum Mysterium : Westminster Cathedral Choir

New voices.

Globe and Mail -- Jody Wilson-Raybould: The justice minister without precedent

She isn’t just a trailblazer, she’s a force of nature, reports Erin Anderssen. Is she up for the toughest job in the country?

Paul Summerville • March 31, 2016

What I’m listening to.

Selections from Livre d'airs et de simphonies meslés de quelques fragmens d'opéra


Times -- Ronnie Corbett, RIP

Diminutive comedian who delighted millions of television viewers with his armchair monologues as one half of The Two Ronnies.

My Blackberry Is Not Working! 

Paul Summerville • March 12, 2016

What I’m listening to.

Sonata quatro 'per sonar con due corde'

The bubbling hysteria about Vancouver real estate prices is leading to some very stupid policy ideas like ‘cracking down’ on owners that buy the property and leave it empty.

If I buy a home, pay my taxes, and don’t break any law then it certainly is not the business of the state what I do with it.

Of course, everyone knows that this is also racist, targeting ‘immigrants’, mostly all entirely Chinese.

Paul Summerville • March 6, 2016

What I’m listening to. 

Johann Strauss II - On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314

“Excuse me how can I fix this?”

Globe and Mail -- Troubleshooting the malfunctioning Republican Party

As has been noted in many quarters now, American politics seems to be broken. What’s less documented are the increasingly urgent attempts to repair it.


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Twin Virtues: Inequality of Outcomes & Equality of Opportunity©

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.