Paul Summerville • November 3, 2012

Commentary on why Romney and Obama will lose, idiotic Wall Street Journal, European states come back into the economy, Sandy and science, signs of good news from Asia, and finally a rail link from Pearson to Union Station.

Four reasons why Romney will lose.

New York Times -- Is Romney Unraveling?
Time is running out for Mitt Romney.

Two data points why Obama will lose.

Paul Summerville • September 13, 2012

Commentary on the radicalism behind the Arab Spring, lying, more on making sure boys don’t fail, finding Richard, and no knives in the Ottawa hotel kitchen.

More evidence that the ideas central to Western liberal democracies are far from the centre of the Arab Spring. Thanks to Ken of Tokyo/Hong Kong.

Paul Summerville • May 22, 2012

Commentary on why a mass murderer could go home to die, how universities spur growth, living a financial meltdown, Greece can go, public companies, the joys of living in Japan, and one take on free trade.

Letting Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi go home.

Vanity Fair -- The Lockerbie Deal
In 2009 the convicted Lockerbie bomber was sent home to Libya from a Scottish prison on grounds of “compassionate release”—he had only three months to live, authorities said.

Paul Summerville • September 23, 2011

Articles on important relationships, the keys to social success, and Palestine asks for statehood.

Pakistan and the United States.

Paul Summerville • September 17, 2011

 Articles on how oil gets priced, the truth about the Euro, the truth about investment banking, lying journalists, the coming age of defaults, and Ignatieff unmasked.

Oil pricing. Thanks to Nigel DDEHIO of Victoria.

Pdf below – Things that go Hmmm …

The European Parliament’s pain in the ass British politician and the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage because he brings truth to power. Great video.

Paul Summerville • July 13, 2011

Articles on whether  some American law makers really understand what they are doing, how the iPod gets made and who benefits, the outlook for gold, the risks to public sector (and other) pensions, getting rid of tyrants, low life expectancy in the US, distracted driving, giving up the state, and media control in the United Kingdom.

Paul Summerville • June 5, 2011

Alex Burrows 11-second overtime goal, the wonderful weather we had on the west coast this week end, and Winnipeg's rapid sell out of its seasons' tickets are no doubt harbingers of happy times ahead in the next few weeks and months.


Paul Summerville • April 12, 2011

The biggest assumption about attending university is that it is the best path to a successful life, however with mortgage down payment debt levels graduates are finding out that this may not be the case, and that the path least taken would have been smarter.

Articles also on the risk to the international system from states being helped to break up, the terrible QE2 exit quandary, the Israeli-Hamas tension in the Arab spring, on the reaction to outrageous speech, and what director Sidney Lumet left behind.

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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.