Aboriginal Justice, QE: good and bad, Europe's Immigration Challenge

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The Lute in Italian Renaissance

The great Canadian obligation.

Leader Post -- Canadian Human Rights Tribunal makes important decision for fair treatment of First Nations children

The shootings in La Loche offer a stark reminder as to how the neglect of social needs can lead to tragic outcomes. And there’s plenty to be done in addressing the community needs that sparked that single act of violence.

Quote: “The principle underlying the tribunal’s decision is fairly simple. In exercising its jurisdiction respecting First Nations, the federal government (through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada) has committed to ensuring the availability of services reasonably comparable to those provided to off-reserve people through provincial/territorial funding. And having made that commitment, it bears an obligation not to impose discriminatory terms in how it funds and oversees on-reserve services.”

Not all QE has the same impact.

Project Syndicate -- The Shortcomings of Quantitative Easing in Europe

Why has the US Federal Reserve’s policy of quantitative easing been so much more successful than the version of QE implemented by the European Central Bank? 

The world’s big pot.

Economist -- Life in London: Beyond the glitter

LONDON, a city famous for Hyde Park, Harrods and giddy house prices, has undergone a quiet revolution.

But what kind of stew? Thanks to David of London.

Spectator -- Cologne exposes a crisis in our continent, yet parliament is debating Donald Trump

Europe is going through a period of radical change, but it is facing this with a process of radical self-distraction. Unwilling to face up to our problems we obsess over the responses to those problems. There have been some startling recent examples.

The benefits of tough love.

Financial Times -- Hard-headed humanity can save Angela Merkel

European leaders need to show that they have regained command of events.


Telegraph -- Sweden is a perfect example of how not to handle the Great Migration

Welcoming more migrants than you can look after leads to tragedy – as Sweden, with its traumatised street children, is now discovering


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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.

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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.

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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.

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.