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The talk too controversial for TED to post...

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posted on May, 17 2012 @ 02:42 AM
I'll admit myself to be a bit of a TED junkie - Since yesterday their site is down and their site won't load on my PC in Chrome or Maxthon - Is anybody else also experiencing that?

Non the less, I googled to see whether it is just me and stumbled on this post:

Too controversial: Why TED won't post Nick Hanauer’s talk about taxing the rich

Original article - National Journal

Full text

The slide show

The essence of what Nick Hanauer had to say:

“We’ve had it backward for the last 30 years,” he said. “Rich businesspeople like me don’t create jobs. Rather they are a consequence of an ecosystemic feedback loop animated by middle-class consumers, and when they thrive, businesses grow and hire, and owners profit. That’s why taxing the rich to pay for investments that benefit all is a great deal for both the middle class and the rich.”

Some chartporn from his presentation:

The fallout:

TED curator Chris Anderson referenced the Gates talk in an e-mail to colleagues in early April, which was also sent to Hanauer, suggesting that he didn't want to release Hanauer’s talk at the same time as the one on contraception. Hanauer’s talk “probably ranks as one of the most politically controversial talks we've ever run, and we need to be really careful when” to post it, Anderson wrote on April 6. “Next week ain't right. Confidentially, we already have Melinda Gates on contraception going out. Sorry for the mixed messages on this.”

In early May Anderson followed up with Hanauer to inform him he’d decided not to post his talk.

National Journal e-mailed Anderson to request an interview about what made a talk on inequality more politically controversial than, for example, contraception or climate change. Anderson, who is traveling abroad, responded with an e-mail statement that appeared to swipe at the popularity of Hanauer’s speech.

So taxing the rich is an unmentionable subject?


Actually my issue is with publicly produced content being owned by media empires. And not only under traditional MSM, but also under contemporary internet media.

Refer : Adrianna Huffington making a killing selling Huffpost, a site built on free contributions by writers.

This is my second post on ATS, the first got sent to the 404th blackhole in the constellation of "Ignorance Denied".
While I don't want to loose all the time spent in a thread by repeating that exercise, the point is the 'mediums' that we use to connect and share ideas are still filters and hampers the natural, essential need for intelligence to spread, and ultimately counteracts the evolution of our species's consciousness.

Either way, if the TED slogan is "Ideas worth spreading", and they refuse to release it, it implies a judgement of not being an idea worth spreading.

Holy snitbags. Money talks

[ Oops, wrong forum : Unless money really is god... please move as appropriate ]
edit on 17/5/12 by PadawanGandalf because: wrong forum

edit on 17/5/12 by PadawanGandalf because: added pics

posted on May, 17 2012 @ 03:36 AM
Here is another talk that didn't make it to

Randy Powell on vortex-based mathematics:

Granted, this can be seen as much more controversial, and was delivered at an independent TEDx conference. Yet it's quit cool, and I'll venture saying an idea worth spreading, if only to gather legitimate scrutiny.

posted on May, 17 2012 @ 09:58 AM
This is my counterargument to increasing the tax on the rich: it won't do #. Here's a graph to prove my point that shows US Tax income, US GDP, and the % tax on the richest tax bracket. You will notice that no matter how high the highest tax bracket is that the US tax income remains linked to the US GDP

posted on May, 17 2012 @ 05:25 PM
Posted earlier here

Please add further comments to the ongoing discussion in the above linked thread.

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