Michael Ignatieff

Paul Summerville • février 20, 2016

What I’m listening to.

Johann Pachelbel - Canon In D Major

When it comes to Michael Ignatieff I’m afraid I see nothing but red. 

His extreme narcissism almost single handedly ruined the Federal Liberal Party of Canada from famously accepting a coronation to become leader to turning down the chance to become PM and bury Stephen Harper to refusing any leadership debate prep prior to being cruelly ambushed by Jack Layton (a little like a cat toying with a mouse). 

Paul Summerville • septembre 17, 2011

 Articles on how oil gets priced, the truth about the Euro, the truth about investment banking, lying journalists, the coming age of defaults, and Ignatieff unmasked.

Oil pricing. Thanks to Nigel DDEHIO of Victoria.

Pdf below – Things that go Hmmm …

The European Parliament’s pain in the ass British politician and the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage because he brings truth to power. Great video.

Paul Summerville • avril 28, 2011

Articles on President Obama’s birth certificate coming out of the closet, another serious look at the myth of the benefits of debt supported university education, how Goldman Sachs created food inflation, how not following well thought out regulations created the Fukushima tragedy, a look at bubbles, and a useful test on whether your politics and economics adds up to you being Gandhi or Stalin.

Also Morgan Stanley’s take on inflation, how high energy prices can solve our energy problems, and what we learned about Michael Ignatieff.

Paul Summerville • mars 2, 2011

A key moment in the development of the global economy was when ocean pirates were eliminated from the world's oceans.

This also represented an important turning point in the creation of the modern day international system founded on states that saw common interest in policing the world.

The revival of piracy today is a small problem with important consequences, and the sooner these criminals are eliminated the better.

Paul Summerville • janvier 26, 2011

We stumbled on a very important TED talk on China (ed’s note: 25 minutes) that we strongly recommend to anyone interested in the direction the global political economy is likely to head in the next 25 years.

The case made is that China’s ‘civilisation state’ not the West’s idea of the ‘nation state’ provides a fundamentally different way to think about the relationship between the state and society.

The most important political value is unity.

Paul Summerville • janvier 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.

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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.