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

Paul Summerville • February 12, 2013

Commentary on Italy’s tribal fascism, the surprise resignation, 25 reasons we are better off today compared to the 1970s, North Korea’s third nuclear test, fewer fries with that, will economics evolve, and send Alberta oil east.

Mussolini’s moment.  (note – author Richard Evans is the world’s leading scholar on the Third Reich)

Paul Summerville • January 8, 2013

Commentary on being hard wired for tribalism, mistaking the spread of English fluency with the same values, Ireland’s immigrant driven transformation, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, the skinny on patents, and Idle No More commentary.

E.O. Wilson on our species' penchant for birds of the same feather.

Paul Summerville • December 1, 2012

Commentary on future human evolution, structure of US economic growth, the death of analogue film, Mark go wander, Euro fudge and the call for Canadian election reform broadens.

Rapid expansion of human population will impact future human evolution.

Paul Summerville • October 1, 2012

Commentary on the joys of thinking big, changing democracy, why being smart makes you dumb in America and divided business leaders.

Unequal outcomes. Thanks to David of Victoria.

Paul Summerville • August 10, 2012

Commentary on the Laffer Curve, replacing human drivers, Robert Hughes, the risks of copying and pasting, and owning land.

Laughing at Laffer or once bitten …

Time -- Arthur Laffer’s Anti-Stimulus Curve Ball is a Foul
Economist Arthur Laffer, patron saint of tax cuts, is back, with an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that he hopes will put the kibosh on future plans for government stimulus.

Paul Summerville • July 5, 2012

Commentary on the consumption tread mill, is Microsoft next, who are the innovators, learning Mandarin, and worrying about the impossible.

Is our species doomed to consume ourselves into extinction?

Financial Times -- Enough is enough of the age of consumption
Until fairly recently economists envisaged three stages of economic development.


Paul Summerville • June 16, 2012

Commentary on the responsibilities of democracy, Facebook’s attempt to map human behavior, the case for Fed easing, Arctic’s hidden treasures, the great Bieber contagion, and the Liberals only chance.

How Greece got swallowed by its own invention.

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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, 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.