Paul Summerville • February 10, 2013

Commentary on declining fertility rates in the Muslim world, tired and huddled masses, cap and trade in New England, less living on $1.25 a day, the female board member European bottom line, the revenge of the deer, and what does fewer fires mean for firefighters.

Poor and old.

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 • February 1, 2013

Commentary on Britain in Palestine, the smoke over Athens, And God created the world in six days, US GDP deconstructed, the Nordic model, when your values clash with your company, and the lesson of Ontario’s female, lesbian, grandmother Premier.

Pining for the old Mandate days.

Paul Summerville • January 16, 2013

Commentary on the portrayal of aging, Dark Zero 30 torture debate, how Albert Speer’s cooperation saved his neck and reputation, women at work, can the US manage itself, and surviving on Bay Street.

Oh well …

Paul Summerville • January 14, 2013

Commentary on the truth behind the Cuban Missile Crisis, post-50 retirement horror, American demographics, is the Euro crisis over, abortion access imperiled, squeezed centre, that inflation genie, and the duty to consult.

Dark cloud over Camelot or the Cuban obsession.

Atlantic -- The Real Cuban Missile Crisis
Everything you think you know about those 13 days is wrong.

The age 50 Rubicon.

Paul Summerville • January 3, 2013

Commentary on measuring make up, free media on the internet, Mark you got some ‘splaning to do, why the Chinese government is so worried about orgies, London looking the EU in the eye, bye Ravi, and Canada’s Bobby Sands moment.

Does makeup matter?

New York Times -- The Power of the Rouge Pot
Some would argue that makeup empowers women, others would say it’s holding them back from true equality.

Paul Summerville • January 2, 2013

Commentary on the Economist’s top ten articles of 2012, forecasting, India’s comfort with rape, why equities will soar, and balancing the twin virtues.

Interesting list of articles from the penis to progressivism, fools and the future.

Economist -- The biggest hits of 2012
Our ten most popular articles on Economist.com this year.

Getting ready for the forecasting time of year.

Paul Summerville • December 30, 2012

My faux question to the Premier got a few people in Facebook land all worked up (please, unfriend me!) Good. As my rendering of the question implies the sub-text of the question, ‘what it’s like being a MILF’ tapped into something deeper, and disturbing.

Paul Summerville • December 29, 2012

Commentary on forecasts, and the world women live in -- gang rape in India (on a public bus) and interviewing a female Premier (on a Vancouver Island radio station).

More about forecasts.

Financial Times -- An insatiable desire to peer into the future
The wonderful thing about forecasts is that they all sound very profound.


Paul Summerville • November 28, 2012

Commentary on how America’s tax and spend system does not increase equality, the death of the Twinkie, the case for Palestine statehood, Mrs. Minister please, Mr. Do Good, and merging the Atlantic provinces.

Progressive but niggardly.

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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.