Paul Summerville • September 18, 2014
Paul Summerville • April 21, 2012

Commentary on the Scream, moral basis of our political choices, why sitting kills you, trapped in an Orwellian-Kafkaesque reality, and where will Wildrose lead Canada.

What was the scream saying?

Financial Times -- So, what does ‘The Scream’ mean?
Tipped to reach a record price at auction next month, Edvard Munch’s painting is one of the world’s most recognisable and disturbing images.

Quote worth noting.

Paul Summerville • April 7, 2012

Commentary on the rise of the germ, the need for big change in America, the diamond game, the decline of public education, how an American family living in Paris advanced art, and Rex waxes Murphy on Mulcair.

Nasty germs. Thanks to David of London.

Telegraph -- Life won't be the same without antibiotics
The over-prescription of these drugs to humans and animals spells the end of modern medicine as we know it.

Paul Summerville • December 31, 2011

Commentary on how dictators think, the beauty of reading, this year, Chinese protests, and authenticity.

Blame Canada or whatever.

Telegraph -- From Fidel Castro to Hugo Chavez: with great power comes truly great paranoia
Plainly lunatic ideas can take on serious importance when no one contradicts you.

Related. (ed’s note – good riddance).

Paul Summerville • March 29, 2011

Articles on Japan as the first casualty of the 21st dark age, how a provincial election in Germany may sink the Euro, the rise of science driven increasingly by low income countries, rethinking public delivery of education, time to buy a house in the United States, and why taxing inheritance is a bad way to reduce inequality.

Also the top ten dying industries in the United States victims of cheaper global competition and technology, and a reminder of the high cost of protecting jobs.

As if we needed one, another reason to have a New Yorker subscription.

Paul Summerville • February 15, 2011

A grass roots battle against big coal has all the makings of a movie, unfortunately it's real and harmful.

In London the modern art market is enjoying a boom, a sure sign of inflation.

Also the Conservative government's immigration tightrope, does size matter when it comes to comparing economies, a return to Iran and Ireland as symbols of what ails the world, is it time to get out of equities, inflation in the real and not just the art world, how banks in developed countries help dictators, and some stuff from the Grammy Awards.

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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.