Paul Summerville • February 15, 2016

What I’m listening to.

Best of Bach

All in the name.

New Yorker -- Iran’s Revolutionary Grandchildren

When the revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini died abruptly, from heart failure after surgery, in 1989, he left behind fifteen grandchildren.

Negative interest rates means there is only on option, what Canada is about to do.

Paul Summerville • July 11, 2015

What I’m listening to.

Paul Summerville • March 9, 2013

Commentary on the eureka moment, cutting a deal with Iran, the struggle for democracy in Iran, the Muslim brotherhood loses its appeal, take your oil and shove it, different days, and Canada’s thought police.

Rewarding genius.

Financial Times -- Those eureka ideas
Life science prize is welcome but could be more ambitious.

More for more.

Paul Summerville • February 25, 2013

Commentary on Google Glass, 33 for 52, Jimmy and the Shah, don’t fear capitalism is safe, the next revolution will start in Shanghai, fewer is better, and falling love with Stephen.

The next thing you gotta have.

Google Glass

Argo puts a spotlight on what life was like for the 52 freed hostages 33 years later.

Paul Summerville • February 14, 2013

Commentary on the price of free speech, Japan’s big bet, the peace plan, how memory works, Photoshop moments, and the US climate change villain.

Danish hero. Thanks to David of London.

Spectator -- 'I may be killed if I write this’
Lars Hedegaard, founder of Denmark’s Free Press Society, speaks from a secret location after an attempt on his life.


Paul Summerville • October 21, 2012

Commentary on the importance of the ground game, Argo’s shadow, China’s new growth plan, from nicking a bit off the gold coin to printing money,  Cameron’s bad week, and did something strange happen with Canadian MP pension reform.

Adding up electoral college votes.

Paul Summerville • October 6, 2012

Commentary on how politics invented marketing, the sanctions bite, dumb office words, why Hollande’s left wing economics will kill the French economy, Naomi Wolf’s dubious science, and the Pacific Opera Victoria’s production of Verdi’s Macbeth.

“Mummy, what happens what your country gets cut off from the global economy and can’t trade with the rest of the world?”

Paul Summerville • September 29, 2012

Commentary on silly lines, a silly leader, a silly candidate, a silly stereotype, silly promises, smart Ike, and a silly rant. -- Netanyahu's red line isn't getting him anywhere
Without firing a shot, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has achieved remarkable results in his efforts to counter Iran's nuclear program.


Paul Summerville • June 18, 2012

Commentary on the great starvation(s), preparing the groundwork for a war with Iran, same sex marriage and the end of an established religion, and thinking about assisted suicide.

This is the shadow that hangs over Europe.

New York Review of Books -- Stalin & Hitler: Mass Murder by Starvation
In 1932 and 1933 a few starving Ukrainians made their way to Leningrad, where they had family connections.

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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.