Paul Summerville • March 5, 2013

Commentary on record breaking corporate profits, sticks and stones, countdown to suicide, population density, why same sex marriage is founded on conservative values, Ireland’s perilous recovery, and another advocate for a guaranteed annual income.

Good analysis, silly premise. (ed’s note – how exactly do corporate profits ‘eat up’ an economy?)

Paul Summerville • February 19, 2013

Commentary on Japan’s equity market bounce, dressing down, Ireland’s child benefit controversy, hold up Hitch, checking out of Kabul, and the conservative view of Justin.

Prime Minister ABE as in ‘Awesomely Bullish Equities’.

Financial Times -- Abe needs to show he can walk the talk
There are many reasons to be optimistic about Japan’s equity run.


Paul Summerville • January 8, 2013

Commentary on being hard wired for tribalism, mistaking the spread of English fluency with the same values, Ireland’s immigrant driven transformation, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, the skinny on patents, and Idle No More commentary.

E.O. Wilson on our species' penchant for birds of the same feather.

Paul Summerville • December 6, 2012

Commentary on kicking Mitt, countries headed in different directions still may end up colliding, America’s potential growth rate slows, Irish charm, Morsi’s misstep, tips on learning Japanese, and conflict in the House.

What the 47% really means about the GOP.

Paul Summerville • May 30, 2012

Commentary on feminism’s civil war, historically important currencies, China delusions, Europe’s got things upside down, food surplus and deficit, and ending public funding of Catholic schools in Ontario.

What role mummy?

Paul Summerville • March 11, 2012

Commentary on why China needs to innovate, working with Russia, get in the habit, dairy farming in the 21st century, a warning about bonds, the Irish garlic criminal case, the centralisation of political power in Canada, and follow the money.

China has run out of cheap labour. Now comes the hard part.

Economist -- The end of cheap China
What do soaring Chinese wages mean for global manufacturing?

The need to work with Russia.

Paul Summerville • October 17, 2011

Commentary on the danger of Brazil’s reliance on commodities, on the danger of China’s reliance on a capital-investment hungry economic model, an oldie but goodie on the financial madness that grabbed Ireland, on diplomacy in the digital age, and governing blind.

Paul Summerville • June 24, 2011

Articles on Fenian terrorism, the risk in emerging markets and the commodity based countries that feed them, the global oil market, trickling out of Afghanistan, a tumultuous world in pictures, why Canada doesn’t have many globally branded companies, and the comfort kiss.

Kevin Myers’ on the ground reminder of how terrorism works. Thanks to David of London.

Paul Summerville • June 20, 2011

Articles on America’s slow descent into a lost decade, William Shatner’s convocation speech at McGill, Bank of Montreal’s decidedly bearish view on just about everything, the terrible cost of venuscide, the world’s dying oceans, and the terrible eye of Toulous-Latrec is missing today.

Also some thoughts on why the Greek riot and the Irish sip a pint, the NDP still socialist after all these years, why Quebec should get 25% of the seats in the House of Commons with only 23% of the population (and falling), and a star is born.

Paul Summerville • May 24, 2011

For those skeptical that Canada (or any country for that matter) has no need of an unelected head of state, the quiet dignity that Queen Elizabeth II brought to her visit to Ireland is grounds for serious second thought.

How the Queen helped to close the sad and sordid seven century long struggle between Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Thanks to Mary of London for sending this in.

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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.