Paul Summerville • avril 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 • mars 11, 2016

What I’m listening to.

Sonata Sesta 'La Vinciolina'

We don’t murder people no matter how heinous their crimes, and there must be strict protocol around solitary confinement as a tool of the justice system.

Globe and Mail -- Prisons watchdog seeks tough restrictions on solitary confinement

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Paul Summerville • novembre 2, 2012

Commentary on the Economist endorsing Obama, Romney’s tall tales, income inequality, Wall Street dims, and justice denied in Alberta.

Welcome endorsement.

Economist -- Which one?
America could do better than Barack Obama; sadly, Mitt Romney does not fit the bill.


Paul Summerville • septembre 25, 2012

Commentary on Abu Hanza’s new home for justice, bubble life, slowdown in the global economy has David Rosenberg worried, NEETed, US civility threatened, and Stephen Harper’s democratic deficit.

Going elsewhere for justice.

Independent -- The extradition that changes the game
The court ruling that settled Abu Hamza's fate has raised concerns for the rights of others fighting to be tried in Britain.

Paul Summerville • mai 27, 2012

Commentary on putting human good at the centre of study, governance and capitalism, Tibetans and self-immolation, and punishment.

New Republic -- The Trouble with Scientism
Why history and the humanities are also a form of knowledge.

Quote worth quoting.

Paul Summerville • avril 18, 2012

Commentary on Sweden’s excellent finance minister, Spanish woes, Japanese engineers working in China, thoughts on China, America`s tax maze, inequality in America, and Canada`s white skinned judges.

Balancing the economy and social justice with good economics. Thanks to David of London.

Paul Summerville • avril 4, 2012

Commentary on Israel, the economic principle that underlies the individual mandate, Nutraloaf and life in an American prison, Canada and Russia, James Grant on the Fed, a guide to spring cleaning, and Bob Rae takes the gloves off.

So it goes.

Paul Summerville • février 15, 2012

Commentary on Republican lunacy, gold’s lack of value, religion and the 2012 Presidential election, energy independence and the US dollar, a bear view, and Vic Toews’ silly framing.



Lunatic fringe.

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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.