Clinton stresses importance of knowledge at UAlbany

"The right answer to the wrong question is still the wrong answer," he said. "So I think everyone needs a certain basic understanding of the world."

His framework is this:

Where are we?

Where do we want to go?

How do we get there?

What steps should be taken, and who should take them?

While Clinton said not everyone has to agree with his particular framework, he said everyone should at least have one. So he broke his down, starting with, where are we?

The world is in the most interdependent age, Clinton said. And while wealthier countries were more trade independent during the period before World War I, there wasn't nearly as much communication between countries in terms of exchanging goods, sharing information or spreading various cultural ideas.

It is interesting that something can happen on the opposite side of the world and still affect the United States, Clinton said, quoting an article by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.

The column said that the election of President Barack Obama had a great influence on the uprising of President Muhammad Hosni Sayyid, since seeing a man with the middle name Hussein and darker skin being elected president gave others in the Middle East hope that they can have a different future.

Clinton then moved onto the next step, where do we want to go? His answer is to build a world on shared opportunities and responsibilities, but the way to actually do that is creating a world where instead of producing zero sum gains, we increase the positive outcomes

"I try to keep it fact based," he said when asking himself the question if the answer to an issue raises the positives of interdependence. "OK, if that's where we want to go, how do we propose to get there?"

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