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Paul Summerville • October 8, 2014

Awesomely excited. 

Aeon -- Super excited

Paul Summerville • September 21, 2014

A ‘Mosquito Theorem’ and how it helped fight malaria. 

Aeon -- The calculus of contagion

In the battle against disease, the difference between a raging epidemic and a passing fever comes down to a single number.

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 10, 2013

Commentary on the Life of Pi, rebranding the GOP, the tsunami two years on, public money for rebuilding religious buildings, Facebook facelift, China and its not-so-funny neighbour, and ass-grab-gate.

What I’m listening to today.

Giovanni Gabrieli Sacra Symphonia Sonata Pian'e Forte

Beyond reason.

Paul Summerville • February 25, 2013

Commentary on Google Glass, 33 for 52, Jimmy and the Shah, don’t fear capitalism is safe, the next revolution will start in Shanghai, fewer is better, and falling love with Stephen.

The next thing you gotta have.

Google Glass

Argo puts a spotlight on what life was like for the 52 freed hostages 33 years later.

Paul Summerville • February 21, 2013

Commentary on the top 50 disruptive companies, dangerous business, the return of a bad idea, Simpson-Bowles 2.0, and the equality journey.

Shaking it up.

MIT Technology Review – 50 Disruptive Companies 2013
It might be easier to explain the 50 Disruptive Companies project by starting with what it is not.

 

The 50 Companies

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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.