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Paul Summerville • April 16, 2016

What I’m listening to. (ed’s note -- our local neighbourhood choir)

Advent Hymn: Conditor alme siderum

Paul Summerville • April 1, 2016

What I’m listening to.

J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto No.1 In A Minor, BWV 1041 - 2. Andante

More on inequality.

Economist -- The new wave

Surprisingly little is known about the causes of inequality. A Serbian-American economist proposes an interesting theory.

Paul Summerville • February 4, 2016

What I'm listening to.

Henry Purcell - Te Deum and Jubilate Deo, I

Brand new global economy.

Project Syndicate -- The Global Economy’s New Abnormal

Since the beginning of the year, the world economy has faced a new bout of severe financial market volatility, marked by sharply falling prices for equities and other risky assets.

Paul Summerville • July 12, 2015
Paul Summerville • November 4, 2014

Wonderful rendering of the relationship between Cameron and Merkel; that reminds us that countries have above all interests not friends.

Telegraph -- David Cameron and Angela Merkel: Is this the end of their affair?

Paul Summerville • September 22, 2014

Human beings are social animals that make choices; and that is why solitary confinement is so devastating to the brain. 

Paul Summerville • April 26, 2010

The surge in support for the Liberal Democrats in the election in the United Kingdom may now end up in Nick Clegg becoming Prime Minister. Are British voters turning their backs on the two parties that have dominated the Parliamentary landscape since the 1920s not because Clegg is the new young thing but because the electorate is thirsting for a different system of government?

A brilliant essay in the New Statesmen makes the case for a British Republic. Canadians should take note.

Paul Summerville • March 22, 2010

Now its Canada's turn. Typically smug Canadians watching the to-and-fro and occasional crash-and-burn of the US health care debate confident that all Canadians have health care coverage need to be reminded that Canada's system is not sustainable. A combination of prevention, funding, and delivery solutions that will eventually include more private delivery (already about 25% of Canada's health care is privately delivered) needs to be put on the table for action. We'll soon see that this debate in its own way is as divisive in Canada as elsewhere.

Paul Summerville • March 17, 2010

Maybe this is what's happening. I can speak virtually for free to almost anywhere with anyone on the planet. I can see what is happening to almost anyone living in a major urban centre anywhere. The state can be a vehicle for social justice and it can be a beast. Over time human beings will tend to emphasize with each other. Of course it doesn't happen quickly, it doesn't happen seamlessly, it doesn't happen quickly but it happens. A thoughtful article on this idea from the Financial Times

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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.