Paul Summerville • September 7, 2014

Why your local broker doesn’t stand a chance.

London Review of Books -- Be grateful for drizzle

Paul Summerville • September 6, 2014

Getting a different normal. 

New York Review of Books -- Failure in Gaza

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has long ago become a shouting match over moral superiority.

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 8, 2013

Commentary on the state of dating, public health in the UK, central bank rethink, making Pulp Fiction, canceling early, Bolen Book’s make over, and back in the news (kinda).

Are on-dating technologies making long term relationships even more difficult? You don’t have to bump into someone at Bloomingdale’s anymore.

The Atlantic – A Million First Dates
How online romance is threatening monogamy.

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.

Paul Summerville • February 4, 2013

Commentary on the division of labour in chasing down terrorism, the implications of central banks dialing it up, bringing in skilled workers, cancer myths, don’t country your Euro chickens quite yet, and finding a King’s grave.


Paul Summerville • January 12, 2013

Commentary on an important squiggle, fatter world, the coin, the Japanese monetary and fiscal Rubicon, a bi-polar world, the tax man cometh, not ideal, and the great Victoria real estate double squeeze.

The end of the signature.

Telegraph -- Handwriting? It’s a currency that’s devalued
The new US treasury chief isn’t alone. I’ll give you a dollar if you can write your name clearly.

Paul Summerville • December 28, 2012

Commentary on how cats can make you crazy, a great economics thinker passes on, better Switzerland than Norway for the UK, country supper, it stinks in the UK, and Bob Rae’s voice quietens.


Atlantic -- How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy
Jaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his mind had been taken over by parasites that had invaded his brain.

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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.