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Brian Adam

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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 21 2012: Alright, here is the finished petition, for calling for ted to post Nick Hanauer's Talk.

    You may sign it here:
    http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/post-nick-hanauer-s-talk-on-ted-com.html.
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      May 22 2012: Signed! You may want to repost the link at the top of the conversation, if that is "allowed" so people will see it rather than having to look for it? Thanks for getting it started!
      • May 22 2012: No problem :).

        The best way of thanking would be to make this aware to as many fellow TEDsters as possible.

        Because I believe that if they become aware of this, they will act.

        (I'll do my best to start a separate 'conversation' around this petition, pending if ted won't keep removing it and I'll let you know where to find it, if you want).
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      May 23 2012: I signed too, thanks Jonathan.
      • May 23 2012: No, thank you :).

        You too, the best way of thanking would be to make this aware to as many fellow TEDsters as possible.

        Because I believe that if they become aware of this, they will act.

        (I'll do my best to start a separate 'conversation' around this petition, pending if ted won't keep removing it and I'll let you know where to find it, if you want).
      • May 24 2012: I'm coing to place the petition at the top of the conversation again.
      • May 28 2012: Yes.

        At least, if I attempt to start a separate discussion, around the petition, un-surpisingly the ted staff promptly removes it citing that "this discussion already covers the subject" so there is no need for any other discussion regarding the issue.

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