Paul Summerville • mai 20, 2016

Oswald Mosley by Glyn Warren Philpot At National Portrait Gallery.

What I’m listening to. 

Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55 | Paul McCreesh

Keeping an eye on 82,000 airport workers.

The Times - Islamists defy checks to work at Paris airport

Paul Summerville • mars 15, 2016

The, ‘should I vote for Hillary question because she’s a women’ has played out in the last two US Presidential elections but in terms of race not gender. People that self identify as ‘black’ were faced with the same question both in 2008 and 2012 as women are facing today and did in 2008 about Hillary.

Paul Summerville • février 29, 2016

What I’m listening to. 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "Piano Concerto" No.21 In C Major,K.467:II.Andante

Trump’s truth: no angels.

Globe and Mail -- Is it too late to stop the Trump train?

There was a time when the Republican and Democratic parties stood for a few basic, uplifting principles.



To intervene or not to intervene.

Paul Summerville • février 21, 2016

What I’m listening to.

Carl Orff - Carmina Burana: O Fortuna

A good job is not enough to have a middle class life. What is required is a collective investment in justice, education, health and transportation. It’s time to recast the role of the state accordingly.

London Review of Books -- Robin Hood in a Time of Austerity

Paul Summerville • janvier 31, 2016


What I'm listening to.

Mozart -- Concerto for Flute and Harp K.299

The future may not be what it used to be.

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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.

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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.

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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.