Paul Summerville • avril 15, 2016

What I’m listening to. 

Mozart - Symphony in F Major "No. 43", K.76 (42a): II. Andante

Can these habits be turned to saving and investing?

New York Times -- The Minecraft Generation

How a clunky Swedish computer game is teaching millions of children to master the digital world.

Talking about immigration.

Paul Summerville • février 1, 2016

What I’m listening to.

Dvořák Symphony No 9 "New World" Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker, 1991

When blood is in the streets ...

Financial Times -- After the fall — a time to buy

Markets are inherently prone to volatility. Prices and valuations do not proceed in an orderly and linear fashion.

For serious investors.

Paul Summerville • octobre 7, 2014

It’s all about balance. 

Paul Summerville • décembre 5, 2012

Commentary on taking the fiscal plunge, Canada’s provincial nominee programme, Beveridge’s shadow, the danger of settling old scores, the French economy buckles, when will history happen, and the strong Canadian dollar's positive impact on the economy.

Go ahead, make my day.

Paul Summerville • novembre 20, 2012

Commentary on China and climate change, income inequality in the United States, Canadian energy tipping point, the positive impact of immigration on native education outcomes, and the joys of moss art.

Can China lead?

Paul Summerville • octobre 20, 2012

Commentary on fun with facts, immigration mistake, central bank worries, goner Greece, and inequality.

Romney and Ryan play wac-a-stat.

Business Week -- The War Over Economic Facts
Lies filled the Long Island air on Oct. 16 at the second debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.


Paul Summerville • août 7, 2012

Commentary on getting kids out of house but not home, global rethink on unequal outcomes, Germany and Italy at each other’s throats, celebrating us, and 67 years ago a bomb dropped.

Time to get a place of your own.

Los Angeles Times -- A loving mother's advice: Hit the road, son
I love my son dearly, and I was looking forward to seeing him, but I couldn't face another summer living with him.

Paul Summerville • juillet 25, 2012

Commentary on the opportunities from global migration, Spain’s downward spiral, avoiding taxes, Indian partition, and another big baseball contract.

21st century global migration offers great benefits to those countries smart enough to take advantage. (ed’s note: Miami is the city with the world’s highest foreign born population (51%), Toronto is fourth (45%), Vancouver is seventh (39%).

Paul Summerville • juillet 2, 2012

Commentary on the reasons countries fall apart, Conrad on the United Nation’s bungled mission, in praise of immigration, running out of growth lubricant, strange times in Myanmar, a new economic strategy for Japan, and for some Canada’s greatest achievement is a publically funded health care system.

10 sad stories.

Paul Summerville • juin 11, 2012

Commentary on inequality’s dangers, a different path, what if China accepted immigrants, Japan`s `Western` citizens, economic sabotage, more China slowdown proof, Israel at risk, and the Liberals need to say what needs to be said.

‘Of the 1%, for the 1%, by the 1%’.

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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.