Paul Summerville • March 14, 2016

What I’m listening to.

Toccata per Spinettina e Violino

A long time brewing.

Project Syndicate -- The Politics of Anger

Perhaps the only surprising thing about the populist backlash that has overwhelmed the politics of many advanced democracies is that it has taken so long. 

Trump’s import.

Paul Summerville • February 10, 2016

What I’m listening to.

Grieg -- Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: Morning Mood

Doing a ‘Cruz’ is time consuming and expensive.

Globe and Mail -- Delays, costs mount for Canadians renouncing U.S. citizenship

Here we go again.

Paul Summerville • September 23, 2014
Paul Summerville • September 7, 2014

Why your local broker doesn’t stand a chance.

London Review of Books -- Be grateful for drizzle

Paul Summerville • March 4, 2013

Commentary on the importance of income inequality, the alcohol taboo, the Johnson-Kennedy hate on, no more Britannica, and scandals engulf Canada.

Reaching for the stars.

Paul Summerville • February 2, 2013

Commentary on unions in the US and Canada, talking politics, abortion debate in the US and Canada divides, interest rates low markets go high, very old art, and Ignatieff on the perils of the concentration of power.

It’s different up here.

Bloomberg -- The Real Reason for the Decline of American Unions
Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual summary of unionization in the U.S.

Paul Summerville • October 26, 2012

Commentary on the winners and losers of twenty years of a globalised economy, India’s woes, why Obama will win, remembering Stalingrad, Donald the mouth Trump and his critics, and Canada’s diminished democracy.

The richest one percent and the bottom 30% benefitted the most, and the poorest 5% and the upper middle class the least.

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 • July 23, 2012

Commentary on the shift in manufacturing away from low wage to high technology countries, the sport of politics, let Greece go, rethinking retirement, and Canadian consumers go very long car loans.

It’s about the robots and other things.

Foreign Policy -- The Future of Manufacturing Is in America, Not China
How new technology is driving a U.S. industrial comeback.


Paul Summerville • July 17, 2012

Commentary on China’s imbalanced economy, 21st century power, follow the S&P bouncing ball, the case for staying in gold, life for the erotic novel post-internet, and Canada’s housing bubble.

Capital investment mania.

Financial Times -- China: The road to nowhere
Fears of excessive investment are fuelling debate about whether slower growth is the right course for Beijing.

Rethinking power.

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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.