Thursday, May. 14, 2009

John Legend

On capitalism
I believe there is a role for the government to play in evening the playing field and investing in development. We need to invest in the future and invest in the global good. Capitalism is not just a free-for-all, every man for himself.

On education
It is not acceptable for our education system to be as poor as it is. We know we can raise people's IQ significantly, just based on a better [learning] environment, better parenting techniques and better schools.

On the future of work
Young people going into the workplace have to be more dynamic. We won't stay in a job for 30 or 40 years like our parents did. My dad worked in a truck factory from the day he got out of the National Guard to when he retired. The same factory. Those jobs aren't going to be there.

On poverty
It's going to be better for the globe, it's going to be better for capitalism itself if we don't have nearly a billion people living on less than a dollar a day.

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