North Korea

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Paul Summerville • mars 11, 2013

Commentary on the Russian ballet drama, why you should never listen to an economist, the beauty of the autocatalytic city, not so funny fat boy, dangerous superbugs, mobile innovation, and a shocking housing forecast for Canada.

What I’m listening to today.

Abaris ou Les Boréades (Suite and Dances)- 'Gavotte pour les Fleures et les Zéphirs'

Talk about competitive.

Paul Summerville • mars 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 • avril 21, 2012

Commentary on the Scream, moral basis of our political choices, why sitting kills you, trapped in an Orwellian-Kafkaesque reality, and where will Wildrose lead Canada.

What was the scream saying?

Financial Times -- So, what does ‘The Scream’ mean?
Tipped to reach a record price at auction next month, Edvard Munch’s painting is one of the world’s most recognisable and disturbing images.

Quote worth noting.

Paul Summerville • mars 20, 2012

Commentary on which direction central banks, America’s inefficient health care system, North Korea back in the news, embracing anxiety, and Toronto’s hot real estate market.

Which is the villain, financial crisis or high oil prices?

Financial Times -- Central banks must address rising oil prices
In 2008-9, chaos in global financial markets led to a large recession across the world economy.

Not working.

Paul Summerville • décembre 25, 2011

Commentary on the Big Lie, Japan’s scary finances, from a Catholic private school in India to a nuclear bomb in North Korea, confessions of an economist, Mark Carney on what’s next, and a modest proposal reprinted.


Just like governments telling their citizens that crime rates are rising to justify boneheaded crime bills, financial firm apologists have been blaming the mortgage crisis on public policy that encouraged home ownership. Shame.

Paul Summerville • décembre 23, 2011

Commentary on the American Empire, outlook for 2012, the year in volcanoes, Ignatieff on American inequality, North Korean black hole, class warfare, and Paul Martin's crusade.

An essay on America’s imperial future.

Pdf below – The Unintended Empire

2012 outlook.

Paul Summerville • décembre 20, 2011

Commentary on the great succession of the Great Leader, a person of history dies, the gold bear, and Harper starves the state.

New York Review of Books -- North Korea’s Not-So-Simple Succession
The Kim is dead. Long live the Kim.

Paul Summerville • novembre 28, 2010

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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.