Paul Summerville • février 27, 2016

What I’m listening to.

Giuseppe Verdi - Nabucco: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves

Has anyone asked him if he promises not to invade?

Toronto Star -- Donald Trump rejects Canadian border wall at Republican debate

The Presidential candidate thinks we’re not so bad – and, also, that it’d be too hard.

Paul Summerville • septembre 9, 2014

Putting the world right. 

New Yorker – World Weary

Paul Summerville • février 27, 2013

Commentary on the over emphasis on a university degree, disruption, US housing recovered, who really looks at internet advertising, ending the water drought, austerity kills the patient, and seven years on.

Modest suggestion.

Harvard Business Review -- Stop Requiring College Degrees
If you're an employer, there are lots of signals about a young person's suitability for the job you're offering.


Paul Summerville • février 5, 2013

Commentary on the shadow of 1914, comic genius, rising stock market, the joy of capitalism, recovery in the US housing market, New York’s fight over teacher evaluation, Australia in Asia, and how the smoking ban killed bingo.

More history.


Financial Times -- The shadow of 1914 falls over the Pacific
China, like Germany 100 years ago, fears the established power is intent on blocking its ascent.

Harold Ramis.

Paul Summerville • février 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 • décembre 24, 2012

Bill Gate’s top 10 books in 2012 and interesting reviews.

Guardian -- The Better Angels of our Nature
The decline of violence, 'may be the most significant and least appreciated development in the history of our species'


Paul Summerville • octobre 19, 2012

Commentary on Sweden's journey to balance, one paving stone on the path to social mobility, the unintended consequences of ultra-easy monetary policy, growth isn’t finished, the US needs to fix its finances, and another kick at Canadian democracy.

Balancing fair government and the economy in Sweden.

Economist -- The new model
A bit more unequal, a lot more efficient.

The UK’s education maintenance allowance.

Paul Summerville • août 25, 2012

Commentary on Japan and the New West, market recoveries, staying in school, the root of legitimate rape, and Neil Armstrong dies.

Thinking about a New West, and Japan’s place in it. Thanks to Charley in Toronto.

American Interest -- Rising Sun in the New West
In many ways the policy of Japan is the weathervane of international politics.


Market Recoveries

Paul Summerville • août 19, 2012

Commentary on Beveridge’s children, why the classroom matters, and the looming food crisis.

A wonderful rant. Thanks to David of London.

Paul Summerville • août 1, 2012

Commentary on Charles Dickens, Much Ado About Nothing in Victoria, bankrupting students, Bill Gross warns about the risk of inflation in our future, and China in a global hunt for energy assets.

Recently I saw a movie of Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby (circa 2002)  and while the tight coincidences that the author uses to move the plot along and bring conclusion to all the parallel dramas does stretch belief, still the colour of the characters is wonderful.

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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.