Sarah Palin

Paul Summerville • March 10, 2012

Commentary on Pat Robertson on marijuana, the cultural cost of Palin’s flame out, Fukushima was preventable, a new book on how Hawaii was taken over, the computer and unequal outcomes, Brazil’s attack on inequality, unemployed at 50, and Andrew Coyne on absent Canadian conservatism.

Legalise it.

Paul Summerville • March 9, 2012

Commentary on asset bubbles (like Toronto’s), America’s strategic positioning, robo companies get tough, Ivison and Martin out on the hunt, 20 tricks, and Game Change.


Noahpinion -- An interesting model of asset bubbles
Yesterday I was lucky enough to catch a talk by Gadi Barlevy of the Chicago Fed, one of the people whose work on bubbles inspired me to tackle the topic.


Paul Summerville • June 13, 2011

Articles on the uncertain impact of QE2, Bob Rae’s budget rebuttal framed by Will Hutton’s devastating commentary on the right’s mindless attack on the state, the power of Deutsche Bank, the challenges facing Canadian cities, and Mayor Dean Fortin’s economic strategy for the city of Victoria.

Paul Summerville • January 24, 2011

On a sunny Monday morning five years ago plus a day I went to vote for myself in the Federal Election of January 2006 in the riding of St. Paul’s.

It was a surreal experience at the end of 10 weeks of total frenzy.

There was no suspense, Chris Watson my campaign manager and I knew from our polling two weeks earlier that we were destined to finish third.

Paul Summerville • January 21, 2011

President Hu’s American visit continues to trigger a wave of commentary, some good some bad.

Some Palin material some funny some frightening, in the UK and Muslim bigotry goes both ways, bravo Michael on the Kirpan in public places, and the growing risk of inflation.

Also why America isn’t producing jobs, why getting out of Afghanistan will be a mess, thoughts on Orwell, and two memories of Paris.

Charlie Rose discusses China-US relations with the great balance of power thinker and doer Henry Kissinger.

Paul Summerville • November 30, 2010

Recently we have had some very helpful and supportive emails with ideas and commentary.

The most interesting are noted below.

Re Scientific Fallacies -- Thanks to Pat of Victoria

A couple of relatively
recent ones (within the last couple of decades include):

1.  The long held medical belief that ulcers were caused by a combination of stress and poor diet was proven incorrect in the early 90s when a bacterium called heliobacter pylorii was discovered to be the root cause of gastric ulcers. 


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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.