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Why is the Nick Hanauer talk not posted?

I haven't been a member for long, but I've been watching TED talks for years now consistently checking in for new videos. Frankly, the talks have gotten a little bland in the past few months. Then I hear through the grapevine of Nick Hanauer's lecture and how Mr. Anderson has decided to censor it. I'm extremely disappointed in the decision. This is an issue on the mind of many people in America and those interested in American politics and economics. It's an something that deserves to be heard by many more people than the elite TED audiences, and what better way to spread this worthy idea than posting the lecture online, sooner rather than later. The cited reason for omitting the lecture was that it was "too political." I have to say that is a terrible excuse. When has TED attempted to remain apolitical? Speakers have discussed societal ills like poverty and war; Jonathan Haidt has put forth an explanation of the psychological differences between the Republicans and Democrats; Sam Harris proposed science can substitute religion as a source of morality, and very early on in TED's history Richard Dawkins was allowed to promote militant atheism; other hot button political issues like contraception and climate change have been discussed here (often more than once); and all of these speakers had the video of their quite political talks posted. All of a sudden we can't view here a perspective on the issue of income inequality from Mr. Hanauer? I seem to remember Richard Wilkinson discussing a very similar topic posted back in October 2011. Mr. Anderson, I think a more substantial explanation is in order regarding your decision not to post Mr. Hanauer's talk online other than it being "too political." I can't speak for anyone else, but I see the decision as an act of cowardice reflecting on the organization as a whole. It suggests that we, the public, have lost TED as a forum for intellectual discussion and consideration regarding important issues, political or otherwise.


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  • May 17 2012: Here's the petition website (http://www.gopetition.com/features.php?gclid=CN_JquLTh7ACFYhM4AodkEQbmw).

    I can volunteer to draft the petition for the group, in which case I would ask is there a particular way others here would like the petition to address or a way the petition is presented?

    Or we could all sign-in to the site with a password and user name agreed by everyone in the group and so we can all participate in the drafting process of the petition.

    What do you all think?
    • May 17 2012: I definitely think it should be respectful, not demanding, but earnest and sincere at the same time.
      • May 22 2012: I'm sure you've noticed that this ted conversation has just 1 more day to go.

        If you're thinking of extending this, you're welcome to use the petition, if you wish.

        You seem more adept at conducting these types of conversations.

        Or maybe you might be interested in teaming up, in some shape, in tackling this issue.
        The doors open, for whatever you choose to do next.
    • May 17 2012: The collaborative draft might be the best option. I know I really only have a few days to help as I'm heading out of town and won't have an internet connection where I'm going, but I can help for the time being.

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