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D. Quinn Mills

Daniel Quinn Mills is the Albert J. Weatherhead, Jr. Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus.  His tenure at Harvard lasted from 1976 to 2007.  He consults with major corporations and governments[…]

People will be healthier and have many more opportunities than we do today, says Mills.

Question: How will this age be remembered?

D. Quinn Mills: I think the last 50 years in the United States will be remembered as an age of missed opportunities on an enormous scale. Well, before the Vietnam War, we had began a process reconciliation broadly in the society what we called a Civilized Movement. A process of trying to lift out of poverty most of the society what Linden Johnson called the great society in the war and poverty and all that. Almost all of that for a variety of reasons got side track, very seriously. So, here we are in 2007 and we see civil rights, demonstrations in parts of the country, we know racism is not really been the country is actually probably more segregated residentially by race and ethnically than it was 50 years ago, I think we have that technology to do more of listings with education and yet we have been going backwards on most of the educate. So, I think you gave me a field and I will tell you where the missed opportunities are. We just have not done what we could of done, I think it is the great failure of my generation in the Baby Boom generation, that is so much that might been was not done. In the world as a whole, I think it is going to be viewed as an enormous success for the reasons that I talked about, the real awakening and the improvement of living standards conditions, health and etcetera in so much of Asia.

Recorded on: 9/27/07