Cameron’s Red Card, Chinese Memories and Economic Lies, A Terrible Affliction, Downsizing, US Recession Risk, Japanese Bodies

What I’m listening to.

Svetland Meloday -- Gluck's Minuet and Air (Dance of the Blessed Spirits)

Red card.

Telegraph -- Britain heading for June EU referendum as David Cameron is offered 'red card' to block EU laws

The Prime Minister looks set to call a June referendum on membership of the EU after being offered a deal allowing Parliament to block unwanted Brussels laws


Independent -- EU referendum: David Cameron closes in on deal to allow 'red card' veto on EU laws

Donald Tusk announced he would table proposals for a 'new settlement' over Britain’s relationship with Brussels

Memories of a Chinese evolution.

New York Review of Books -- China: Surviving the Camps

By now, it has been nearly forty years since the Cultural Revolution officially ended, yet in China, considering the magnitude and significance of the event, it has remained a poorly examined, under-documented subject.

The data is false.

Project Syndicate -- The Great Escape from China

Since 2016 began, the prospect of a major devaluation of China’s renminbi has been hanging over global markets like the Sword of Damocles. 

Living with microcephaly.

Washington Post --What it’s like to live with microcephaly, the birth defect linked to Zika ’emergency’

“She will not walk,” a doctor told Ana Carolina Caceres’s mother on the day she was born. “She will not talk and, over time, she will enter a vegetative state until she dies.”


Independent -- Zika: Outbreak worse than predicted because virus has no symptoms, warns Brazilian health minister

The Zika outbreak in Brazil is worse than previously feared because the virus shows no symptoms, a health official has said. 

The end of consumption.

Financial Times -- Thing theory: contemplating the culture of consumption

Does the rise of the ‘New Minimalism’ signal a waning of consumerism’s power? A history of five centuries of material culture suggests that it may just be taking a new form

Watching the US.

Real Clear Markets -- If It's a Recession, Stocks Have Much Further to Fall

The stock market started 2016 with its worst first two weeks ever, renewing a decline in stocks that began around mid-2015. I

A Japanese vagina.

Japan Times -- Vagina artist wins release, urges public to challenge taboos

An artist arrested for distributing 3-D data of her vagina online urged the public to outgrow the perception that female genitalia are taboo or shameful, after being released from police custody on Friday.


Japan Times -- Gifu city’s sexually suggestive tourism promotion sparks Twitter outrage

A controversial flyer featuring an anime character with accentuated breasts has landed a small city tourism agency in hot water, with calls it is tantamount to sexual harassment.

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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.

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.