Climate Change

Paul Summerville • March 13, 2013

Commentary on Facebook’s privacy problem, taking a bite, what worries a Navy Admiral, they used to bleed people, whither Tibet, the UK’s hungry kids, and the field narrows.

What I’m listening to today.

Purcell - Chacony in G Minor Z730

Hmmm ….

Paul Summerville • March 8, 2013

Commentary on getting a good night’s sleep, the sharing economy, get out the sun screen, George’s hard choices, more to globalization than lattes all round, and strangled by language.

Tossing and turning.

New Yorker -- Up All Night
The science of sleeplessness.


Goofy – How to Sleep

Regulating sharing.

Paul Summerville • March 1, 2013

Commentary on Winston’s archives, PIMCO’s latest monthly missive, America’s debt problem, thinking about the i-economy, climate change graphics, can the BoJ do it, and Quebec’s language wars making strange bedfellows.

The great man’s stuff. Thanks to David of London.

Paul Summerville • February 14, 2013

Commentary on the price of free speech, Japan’s big bet, the peace plan, how memory works, Photoshop moments, and the US climate change villain.

Danish hero. Thanks to David of London.

Spectator -- 'I may be killed if I write this’
Lars Hedegaard, founder of Denmark’s Free Press Society, speaks from a secret location after an attempt on his life.


Paul Summerville • November 1, 2012

Commentary on the climate change backdrop to Hurricane Sandy, and Ignatieff on the political storm brewing in the United States.

It’s confirmed, climate change matters.

Paul Summerville • July 16, 2012

Commentary on bank lending, corn sex and climate change, what the 2011 census reveals about the United Kingdom, how a flood disaster is getting Russians to pull together, is the United States on the verge of an energy miracle, and Margaret Wente discovers the inequality debate.

Thinking about banking.

Interfluidity -- What is a bank loan?
When a bank makes a loan, does it create money “from thin air“?

Paul Summerville • July 24, 2011


An interesting climate change debate that took place in Australia this week. Thanks to David of London.

youtube -- National Press Club Debate Christopher Monckton v Richard Denniss 2011 Address
Australia ABC 19/July/2011


Paul Summerville • March 17, 2011

There is a big disconnect between what every independent scientific observer of Fukushima’s smoking nuclear reactors is forecasting is the radiation risk outside of a 100 km radius – not much -- , and the general perception of what is and might happen in the event of a worse case outcome – forcing residents on the West Coast of North America to give up golf.

Paul Summerville • December 25, 2010

Roger Cohen reminds us that the embarrassing spectacle of Heathrow and less so Charles de Gaulle airports being in various degrees of closure in the lead up to the Christmas holiday because of some snow and cold has very much to do with confusion over the proper role of the state in providing public goods and private companies providing private choice.

He also makes the case that this sad episode is another reminder of European decline that strikes us as a little harsh. Of course we did not spend three nights in an airport terminal lining up for hours to buy a muffin...

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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.