“It just doesn’t work.”

The world cannot support 2.5 billion people from China and India — let alone the rest of the world — living the way you live in the United States. It just doesn’t work. So that has two implications: Number 1, you need to change — that’s your problem; and No. 2, we need to build a new model.

— John Thornton, fmr. Chairman of Goldman-Sachs and current adviser to Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson, in a speech upon receiving the 2008 Breakthrough Inspiration Award (videos of the entire speech here)


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