Paul Summerville • October 9, 2014
Paul Summerville • February 3, 2013

Commentary on America’s baby bust, China’s worry, tipping, history lessons, times are tough, the awful legacy of Nazi treasure, and being idle no more.

America’s falling fertility rate and what it means.

Paul Summerville • December 31, 2012

Commentary on cool 2012 numbers, Nate’s numbers, Abe’s monetary delusion, and two mentors pass away in 2012.

The FT sums up the year in numbers.

Financial Times -- 2012 by numbers
From supersize national debts to subatomic particles to a sound barrier-busting free fall, we round up the year's stand out statistics.

How Nate nailed it.

Paul Summerville • December 25, 2012

The Globalist's Top Books of 2012 and interesting reviews. 

Guardian -- Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World
A Tory MP challenges the neocon view of empire in this important history.

Paul Summerville • July 21, 2012

Commentary on the state, from abortion to contraception, the tongue in cheek guide to effective banking, Spanish yields and German tempers, what corporate bonds tell us about the future of equity prices, and Canada’s bull loonie run.

The state, can’t live with it, can’t live without it.

Paul Summerville • June 26, 2012

Commentary on how good is fiction at predicting fact, Gemany’s Euro strategy, the demographic impulse behind the US economy, the death of peak oil, go to Myanmar, falling inter-generational mobility in the United States, and how the Prime Minister saved his government.

Art predicting life.

Paul Summerville • May 28, 2012

Commentary on English (the language), why economies stop growing, Germany’s tough love, nothing’s free, on being a famous economist, and managing the cost of new medical technologies.

The controversial history of English.

Paul Summerville • May 7, 2012

Commentary on the global economy, no more German-French love, killing Bin Laden, and holding on to the middle class.

Fixing the global economy.

Financial Times -- A new way of thinking about the global machine
It is useful to think of the global economy as one dynamic and complex machine.


Paul Summerville • May 1, 2012

Commentary on the Obama Osama ad, Airbus side stick design fault, Conrad’s coming home, South African worries, France’s silent economic decline, why the Germans stopped hating Jews, and how to fix the lack of powerful women in Canada.

He said, he said.

Paul Summerville • April 12, 2012

Commentary on cheery cherry blossoms, what we can learn from how the Germans run their economy, George Will on legalising drugs, Shilling’s warning, a slow death, and Chretien’s mistake.

Sakura, sakura. Thanks to Jeremy of Tokyo for the picture.

Japan Times – Sakura Stories
Drinking and eating under the glorious first flowering trees each spring is a tradition that has endured for hundreds of years in Japan.

The German model.

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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.