Two Bills

Dan Andrews drew my attention to the speeches of Bill Gates and Bill Clinton at this year’s Harvard graduation ceremony. Both are superb speeches, and take a strikingly similar theme: global inequality matters, and it’s possible to do something about it.

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2 Responses to Two Bills

  1. Kevin Cox says:

    Great inspiring speeches. Harvard graduates are truly privileged.

    This technology we are now using enables Clinton’s story of the information exchange of people passing each other on a walking track in Africa to be realised on a global scale. We no longer have the excuse for doing nothing by saying “I did not see you”. Perhaps economists can build “I see you” into economic systems and give ways for us all to benefit when we acknowledge each other?

  2. David says:

    I don’t quite get the adulation with which Bill Clinton is regarded. Yes, a lovely well crafted speech with touching references to collective global responsibility. But it has to be said, that during a decade of wonderful economic growth, US foreign aid [$2005 dollars] declined under the Clinton Presidency.

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