by Josh Gross
Nick Hanauer, a major player at Amazon, recently gave a presentation at a TED conference on wealth inequality. The general theme was that the rich, like himself, are not job-creators, but rather that jobs come from the prosperity of middle-class consumers. Taxing the rich, Hanauer said, is an excellent way to make that happen.
Much of what Hanauer said in his six-minute speech was not new information, though it was uncommon to hear it from someone that wealthy. But because of what was alleged to be a strong political bent in the speech, TED declined to post it online.
A minor online furor erupted over what was perceived by many as censorship, and the scrambling began.
"Many of the talks given at the conference or at TED-U are not released,” TED curator Chris Anderson wrote, in an email to the National Journal. “We only release one a day on TED.com and there's a backlog of amazing talks from all over the world. We do not comment publicly on reasons to release or not release [a] talk. It's unfair on the speakers concerned. But we have a general policy to avoid talks that are overtly partisan, and to avoid talks that have received mediocre audience ratings."
After a day of being berated online, the video was released to a non-official account. It is posted below.