Cities

Paul Summerville • March 11, 2013

Commentary on the Russian ballet drama, why you should never listen to an economist, the beauty of the autocatalytic city, not so funny fat boy, dangerous superbugs, mobile innovation, and a shocking housing forecast for Canada.

What I’m listening to today.

Abaris ou Les Boréades (Suite and Dances)- 'Gavotte pour les Fleures et les Zéphirs'

Talk about competitive.

Paul Summerville • February 6, 2013

Commentary on failing fertility policies, the needle free syringe, urbanisation quickens, Greece slides away from democracy, rising per capital GDP increases happiness, and a change of mind.

Why Germany’s attempt to raise its total fertility rate is failing.

Paul Summerville • September 17, 2012

Commentary on re-inventing cities, the disconnect between taxation and growth, the right ganging up on Romney, the Chinese investor Bordeaux invasion, and battleground economy.

Taking cars out of the city and returning people. Thanks to Patricia of Victoria.

Paul Summerville • June 5, 2012

Commentary on 32 innovations, why the panic bond trade is underway, heading back downtown, touching up Tiananmen and Canadian inequality.

A great list of potential innovations that could make your life better.

New York Times – 32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow
The electric light was a failure.

It’s a cruel, cruel world.

Paul Summerville • May 15, 2012

Commentary on a really big controversy, joy of small cities, really radical, long bonds, realism and US foreign policy, and when you don’t like the scientific results cut the funding off.

That breastfeeding problem (and female anatomy in general).

Paul Summerville • March 26, 2012

Commentary on visit parking, brain in a box, US defence spending, Black while walking, and what Harper and Mulcair have in common.

Where can you park around here?

New York Times – When a Parking Lot Is So Much More
NO ONE loves a parking lot.

Related.

Economist -- A dearth of parking places riles the new middle class

Paul Summerville • June 7, 2011

Big Picture blogger Jim Ritholtz self-described ‘ardent capitalist’ on the dangers of rising income inequality.

Like Alberta’s Social Credit leader William Aberhart’s (image left) analysis in the 1930s, if people don’t got money then they can’t buy what the economy produces, and what follows isn't pretty.

Paul Summerville • April 2, 2011

Starting with the importance of those special people that create something from nothing and twinning it with self-serving bankers that risk undermining the US economy having already done it to Ireland, also commentary on the March employment numbers, the importance of new cities in the global economy, an worrisome look at US inflation, the rising Canadian dollar, a long and sad tale of how Southern Canadian guilt is dooming another generation of children from Nunavut to worst in class lives, and a remarkable Danish chess prodigy.

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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, marshaling 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.

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.