Nick Hanauer, self-described “super-rich” entrepreneur, gave a pretty compelling TED Talk about how the middle class—not the super-rich—are the real job creators. But TED, which has released over 100 different political videos in the past, thought this one was too partisan and chose not to release it. We didn’t notice any flaming partisanship in it. We normally love TED, and were surprised they didn’t think this talk was TEDworthy.
Under pressure from the Internets, TED finally relented and released the video. Watch it and decide for yourself if it’s really all that controversial to say that the “super-rich are not job creators.” Then share it like crazy.
The National Journal led the initial charge pushing the controversy angle.
Chris Anderson, from TED, offered this official response to the outcry and posted the talk for everyone to see.
And in response, Nick tweeted as well: