TED: Publish the Talk on Income Inequality
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TED: Publish the Talk on Income Inequality

    1. Caleb Rosenquist
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      Caleb Rosenquist

      Murrieta, CA

TED is arguably one of the most influential sources of information in our modern age which brings together some of the most powerful and brightest minds of our time to discuss the issues that we face now and in the future. Up until know they have become a beacon of hope for the world by providing ideas, wisdom, support and answers to some of the most difficult problems that plague the world. But now it seems that when the danger truly dawns they choose to hide and cower behind false pretenses.

Recently TED held a talk which hosted well known billionaire Nick Hanauer discussing the current economic crisis and income inequality. In his presentation Hanauer exposes the inept argument that rich people create jobs for what it is, lies. His argument focused on the fact that rich people do not create jobs, and that it is in fact the middle class who are the life blood of the economy and who are responsible for creating jobs. He identifies the massive shift in money and power from the poor the ever-growing rich, and reveals the trend that has been growing exponentially since the late 70s. Hanauer also explains what happens when big businesses are given tax-breaks, and how it correlates with the unemployment, and income levels of the economy, and the continually expanding prices at which it costs to attend higher education. Yet, despite everything that Nick Hanauer said, despite the standing ovation which he was given after his presentation, TED refuses to publish his talk.

It is now, more than ever, that we need such voices to be heard. We are living in a time where the middle class is drowning below the water's surface, and our voices are not being heard. Amidst our cries of pain and choking breath, big businesses reap the benefits of our suffering. We cannot allow Nick Hanauer's voice to be stifled, like many and most of our own. Nick Hanauer's voice must be heard, and it must be now.

Sign this petition demanding TED to publish Nick Hanauer's presentation. TED has never backed down from controversial topics before, so why now? Nick Hanauer's presentation must be published; his voice must be heard. Please sign, and share this petition with everyone you know.

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    1. TED has released Nick Hanauer's Presentation!

      Caleb Rosenquist
      Petition Organizer

      Great news, TED has released Nick Hanauer's presentation about income inequality. I'd like to thank each and every one of you for your support in getting this video released, whether or not we had any influence on the matter. The important part is that the video has been released and it is now available for the world to watch.

      Here's the Washington Post's recently published article on the subject:

      And here's a link to the video. Be sure to watch it! And once again, thank you every one!

    2. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Justin Allingham BRISBANW, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Not posting the ad is wrong. Ideas must remain free to flow. To disallow such a talk is a betrayal of TED core goal..that ideas be spread and human understanding and connectedness be engendered. This is an outrage the world cannot tolerate. Ted plays the talk or stands bathed in the stench of its hypocrisy.

    • Richard Wallick HILLSBORO, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      Are talks in support of evolution and climate change going to be censored as well because they are too "partisan" as well. Shame on you TED.

    • Ethan Derda CHICAGO, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a frequent viewer of TED talks and I am APPALLED that you would censor talks. What is your ulterior motive here? To protect the truth about an unfair system that is destined to pass away anyway? Shame on you Mr. Anderson!

    • Jacob Johnson HIGHLAND, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I thought TED's "Ideas worth Spreading" was more than just something they said and I would like them to prove this.

    • Kyle Knisley NEW CARLISLE, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      I watch TED quite frequently. This is an important issue and I don't want to see them skating on it.


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