Paul Summerville • mars 14, 2013
Paul Summerville • mars 9, 2013

Commentary on the eureka moment, cutting a deal with Iran, the struggle for democracy in Iran, the Muslim brotherhood loses its appeal, take your oil and shove it, different days, and Canada’s thought police.

Rewarding genius.

Financial Times -- Those eureka ideas
Life science prize is welcome but could be more ambitious.

More for more.

Paul Summerville • mars 5, 2013

Commentary on record breaking corporate profits, sticks and stones, countdown to suicide, population density, why same sex marriage is founded on conservative values, Ireland’s perilous recovery, and another advocate for a guaranteed annual income.

Good analysis, silly premise. (ed’s note – how exactly do corporate profits ‘eat up’ an economy?)

Paul Summerville • février 19, 2013

Commentary on Japan’s equity market bounce, dressing down, Ireland’s child benefit controversy, hold up Hitch, checking out of Kabul, and the conservative view of Justin.

Prime Minister ABE as in ‘Awesomely Bullish Equities’.

Financial Times -- Abe needs to show he can walk the talk
There are many reasons to be optimistic about Japan’s equity run.


Paul Summerville • février 18, 2013

Commentary on investors positioning themselves for the legalization of cannabis, helping out those poor banks, the super-typhoon, Turkey looks east, robots and the middle class, worried about Peugeot, the difference between QE and OMF, and now there are more retirees than young people in Canada. And the Villagers.

Safe bet.

Economist -- The audacity of dope
A fund seeks opportunity in the weed.

A helping hand.

Paul Summerville • février 11, 2013

Commentary on why China’s political system works (and liberal-democracy is failing), US trading short term politically motived cuts for smarter long term entitlement cuts, Nordic entrepreneurial energy, parts of the world are getting better for animals and bad diet.

This really is the other side of the debate.


Paul Summerville • février 9, 2013

Commentary on Britain’s breakdown, China-Japan tensions, evil king fascination, how understanding politics makes good policy harder, makin sents, and the death of Keystone.

In-sourcing leaders.

Telegraph -- It’s Britain that is in need of overseas aid
Don’t stop at the Bank of England – most of our institutions could do with a foreign touch.

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 • janvier 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 …

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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.