Paul Summerville • juin 11, 2012

Commentary on inequality’s dangers, a different path, what if China accepted immigrants, Japan`s `Western` citizens, economic sabotage, more China slowdown proof, Israel at risk, and the Liberals need to say what needs to be said.

‘Of the 1%, for the 1%, by the 1%’.

Paul Summerville • avril 19, 2012

Commentary on having something to read, the irrational forces behind the market, France looks left, Japan’s looming ideological debate, sorting out America’s job data, and the long road ahead for the Liberal Party of Canada.

Where the best libraries can be sometimes found.

New York Review of Books -- The Bathroom Muse
If you are like me, you must always have something to read in the bathroom.

Paul Summerville • avril 6, 2012

Commentary on US jobs market, a Canadian inspired solution to Jerusalem, the consequences of climate change, it's Mitt, out of control students, and are the Liberals boxed out?

The jobs that get filled are lousy and the ones that don’t lack skilled workers.

Paul Summerville • mars 21, 2012

Commentary on the problem with infallibility, China’s adjustment challenge, uncontacted tribes, forced marriages, argument for US equities and the dollar, the Portuguese time bomb, and resurrected Liberals.

What they have in common.

Paul Summerville • mars 25, 2010

There is a moral centredness to Jim Travers that makes him one of the best national political commentators in Canada (like David Brooks). This note on the problems with the Liberal Party are telling.

Drape the long-suffering political party in mourning. Another nail is being driven into the coffin of grassroots democracy by a weekend Liberal conference dominated by professionals, not the eager amateurs whose energy and ideas once propelled parties forward.

Paul Summerville • mars 25, 2010

Will this weekend's policy conference make any difference?

Almost 11 months ago, Michael Ignatieff told cheering Liberals at the party's national convention that Canadians were fed up with Stephen Harper and his governing Conservatives.

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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.