Science

Paul Summerville • March 13, 2013

Commentary on Facebook’s privacy problem, taking a bite, what worries a Navy Admiral, they used to bleed people, whither Tibet, the UK’s hungry kids, and the field narrows.

What I’m listening to today.

Purcell - Chacony in G Minor Z730

Hmmm ….

Paul Summerville • March 8, 2013

Commentary on getting a good night’s sleep, the sharing economy, get out the sun screen, George’s hard choices, more to globalization than lattes all round, and strangled by language.

Tossing and turning.

New Yorker -- Up All Night
The science of sleeplessness.

 

Goofy – How to Sleep

Regulating sharing.

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.

Related.

Paul Summerville • December 10, 2012

Commentary on outsourcing U-turn, austerity failing, the Fed is about to move to outright purchases of long bonds, the extinction of the Brontosaurus, GOP split, sperm count fears, and a tribute to Bev.

Coming to America (and Canada).

The Atlantic -- The Insourcing Boom
After years of offshore production, General Electric is moving much of its far-flung appliance-manufacturing operations back home.

Paul Summerville • December 1, 2012

Commentary on future human evolution, structure of US economic growth, the death of analogue film, Mark go wander, Euro fudge and the call for Canadian election reform broadens.

Rapid expansion of human population will impact future human evolution.

Paul Summerville • November 10, 2012

Commentary on the liberal frame for multicultural living, ping pong democracy, how the Obama team got the numbers game right, 4 strikes against the GOP, and weird science.

The five principles of modern, multicultural living: inclusion, clarity, consistency, firmness, and liberality.

Liberalism and plurality requires a moral core to survive.

'More people, in more countries, in more countries accept more common values' are proof of a moral human universe.

Paul Summerville • October 23, 2012

Commentary on biology game changer, rethinking banking, blood in the streets, global outlook still fragile, and the high cost of homelessness.

Biology and the electricity game changer.

Telegraph – The Electrical Storm Brewing in Biology
Electricity is even more important to biology than previously thought.

A revolution afoot?

Paul Summerville • September 18, 2012

Commentary on Romney’s route to wealth, Romney’s 47%, US tax reform, how the universe was created, cuts and the carbon tax.

All mine. Thanks to Scott of Toronto.

Rolling Stone -- Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital
How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs – and stuck others with the bill.

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.

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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.