Environment

Paul Summerville • March 4, 2016

What I’m listening to. 

Symphony No. 9 ~ Beethoven

Can substance trump style?

New York Times -- Five Big Questions After Vulgar Republican Debate

 I’m not being cheeky. I’m not being shocking.

Paul Summerville • October 8, 2014

Awesomely excited. 

Aeon -- Super excited

Paul Summerville • September 28, 2014

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. 

New York Times -- How to Stop Time

Paul Summerville • September 26, 2014
Paul Summerville • March 12, 2013

Commentary on the carbon tax, disconnected, why hip surgery may become deadly, cross cultural management, where angels fear to tread, and how the Conservative Party keeps conservatives confused.

What I’m listening to today.

Concerto in C major for two trumpets RV 537: Allegro (third mvt.) by Vivaldi

Smart and efficient.

Paul Summerville • February 22, 2013

Commentary on the two Americas, snow, legalisation, civil war, US dollar renaissance, and the Canadian slowdown.

The Roosevelt and Regan Republics and why $15 a week matters.

New Yorker -- The Walmart Test: Payroll Taxes and the Social Contract
If you were to write a social history of America through the story of business, what would be the most significant companies in the years since the Second World War?

Paul Summerville • February 18, 2013

Commentary on investors positioning themselves for the legalization of cannabis, helping out those poor banks, the super-typhoon, Turkey looks east, robots and the middle class, worried about Peugeot, the difference between QE and OMF, and now there are more retirees than young people in Canada. And the Villagers.

Safe bet.

Economist -- The audacity of dope
A fund seeks opportunity in the weed.

A helping hand.

Paul Summerville • February 10, 2013

Commentary on declining fertility rates in the Muslim world, tired and huddled masses, cap and trade in New England, less living on $1.25 a day, the female board member European bottom line, the revenge of the deer, and what does fewer fires mean for firefighters.

Poor and old.

Paul Summerville • February 6, 2013

Commentary on failing fertility policies, the needle free syringe, urbanisation quickens, Greece slides away from democracy, rising per capital GDP increases happiness, and a change of mind.

Why Germany’s attempt to raise its total fertility rate is failing.

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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.