Paul Summerville • mars 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 • décembre 7, 2012

Commentary on the risks to the end of globalisation.

Turned 55 today.

Born in Carshalton, United Kingdom, moved to Canada at six weeks (on the Queen Mary) arriving in New York before taking the train to Toronto, raised in Scarborough, first overseas trip at eleven to Finland to play hockey with a side trip to the Soviet Union, studied in Jerusalem, Edmonton, Geneva, Osaka and Tokyo, and worked in Tokyo, Toronto, and Boston.

And finally settling in Victoria.

Paul Summerville • novembre 13, 2012

Commentary on China and the US bumping heads in the Pacific, the globalisation of literature, why two wings are better than four, the shift in world energy power, slow march to legalisation, and shutting out Canada’s oil exports to Asia.

Double up or hold?

Financial Times -- China & US navigate in risky waters
The past week has offered a unique chance to compare politics in the world’s two biggest powers.

Paul Summerville • octobre 26, 2012

Commentary on the winners and losers of twenty years of a globalised economy, India’s woes, why Obama will win, remembering Stalingrad, Donald the mouth Trump and his critics, and Canada’s diminished democracy.

The richest one percent and the bottom 30% benefitted the most, and the poorest 5% and the upper middle class the least.

Paul Summerville • mars 7, 2012

Commentary on old thinking about the Arab world, staying Japanese, reshaping capitalism, how Washington works, how listening works, the UK navigates same sex marriage, moral noise, and it spreads.

The view in 1962.

Paul Summerville • mars 3, 2012

Commentary on a revolution stalled, Tokyo’s dodged bullet, that vulnerable US bond market, can the welfare state survive, poverty shrinking, and the silly strong Loonie debate.

Barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen. (ed’s note – don't you want prostitutes to use contraception?).

Paul Summerville • janvier 26, 2012

Commentary on a new form of capitalism, the commercialization of DNA, a better way to globalise, the problem with austerity, the world according to Felix Zulauf, and Canada’s aboriginal challenges.

The crisis in developed country capitalism – mostly because of poorly regulated financial markets, financially illiterate consumers, and tax systems that amplify unequal outcomes – has led normally sanguine and sage commentators to look at manipulated economies with envy.

Paul Summerville • décembre 21, 2011

Commentary on breaking out of economic stagnation, driving while tweeting, 10 kinda crazy business predictions, an upside down world, American heads home, and how Stephen Harper is changing Canada.

Martin Wolf on a new era in developed economies.

Financial Times -- Sinking into the ‘great stagnation’
The future is not what it used to be.

Paul Summerville • octobre 31, 2011

We have argued elsewhere that a strong economy and social justice are two sides of the same coin feeding on each other to create wealthy and sustainable societies.

A wonderful exchange between Jeffrey Sachs and Niall Ferguson about the role of the state and the market and some related articles, and commentary on what is wrong with politicians, rethinking taxation, watch out Google Siri is coming, and income inequality in Canada.

Paul Summerville • octobre 27, 2011

Commentary on the 147 super-connected companies that ‘run’ the global economy, the Vatican’s view of the global financial system, middle class poverty, and democracies and an anxious market.

Corporate super connectivity from an unusual source.

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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.