Smart Links 30 September 2012

Commentary on silly lines, a silly leader, a silly candidate, a silly stereotype, silly promises, smart Ike, and a silly rant. -- Netanyahu's red line isn't getting him anywhere
Without firing a shot, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has achieved remarkable results in his efforts to counter Iran's nuclear program.


Israel thinks twice about Iran attack
Since the start of this year, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has never missed an opportunity to hint that his country might attack Iran’s nuclear programme at any moment.

Japanese proverb worth remembering.

Naru taka wa tsume wo kakusu -- The talented hawk hides its claws

The sanction squeeze.

Economist -- Behind the rants, uncertainty grows
Iran’s presidential and nuclear future is in doubt.

Romney’s rut.

New York Times -- 40 Days of Night
Mitt Romney is losing badly. And he has only himself to blame.

Lots of people, lots of points of view.

Yale Global -- One Country, Many Voices
China’s orchestrated spectacles, from Olympics to anti-Japan protests, give illusion of unified worldview.

Spanish pain.

Telegraph -- Spain's rising debt costs eat up austerity gains
Spain has pushed through €40bn of fresh austerity measures in the teeth of recession, despite violent protests across the country and separatist crises in Catalonia and the Basque region that threaten to break the country apart.

A biography reminds us that generals turned politicians are loath to go to war. Ike’s tale.

New York Times -- An Old Warrior With No Taste for Nuclear War
Until very recently, Dwight D. Eisenhower has done a remarkably good job of hiding in plain sight. The Eisenhower era, the Eisenhower jacket and the still in-the-works Eisenhower memorial (planned for Washington) attract more news attention than the man himself does.


Ikes’ tree

Andrew’s silly rant. Give the guy a chance to prove himself.

The Son Is Not the Father and the Future is Not Buried in the Past
What is Justin Trudeau’s position on whether Canada should contribute to an international stabilization fund for the purpose of resolving the euro crisis?

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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.