Paul Summerville • May 15, 2016

Cudo's to the Imperial War Museum for its treatment of the Holocaust.

Paul Summerville • June 11, 2011

Gloomy tidings today.

Martin Wolf details the recovery risks in the global economy, Italy slides into irrelevance, Roger Cohen’s fearful world albeit written from Happy Montreal. China’s naming warning, Charlie Fell on stock markets and icebergs, and rethinking the Holocaust.

Also a light sentence for a whistler blower and rich summer reading ideas.

Martin Wolf details the bumpy patch that the developed economies have fallen into and warns against worrying about the wrong things.

Paul Summerville • November 4, 2010

Tremendous advances in science are often imagined first in fiction.

Unfortunately, to make the stories work best authors rarely frame the advance in a carefully thought out and regulated framework but emphasise the evil genius of the inventor and the inevitable mayhem that follows.

This is a shame because the consequence is to raise the risk that new technologies -- like genetic engineering -- will be unnecessarily stymied or allowed to run amok.

This of course applies equally to economics and politics.

Paul Summerville • January 26, 2010

The Prime Minister’s plan to use the Toronto-based G8 summit to champion the health of the world's poorest women and children is uplifting. However, it raises the question why he does not use his famous focus to deal with Canada's worst in class infant mortality rate. An essay on god in the context of the Haitian catastrophe makes the reasoned case that, sorry, we are alone in an infinite, expanding, unjust universe. Justice is human made. Wednesday's Holocaust Memorial Day surely reminds us of that.

Paul Summerville • January 26, 2010

Wednesday is Holocaust Memorial Day. It is estimated that 1.5 million Jewish (about 1 million), Romani, German children with physical and mental disabilities living in institutions, Polish children, and children residing in the occupied Soviet Union were murdered http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10005142.

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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.