How did Nick Hanauer get onto TED’s home page?!

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Nick Hanauer and TED Curator Chris Anderson are both "really bad at holding grudges." Here, the two talk before an in-office event. Photo: Ryan Lash Nick Hanauer and I are both really bad at holding grudges. Here, we talk before an in-office event last week. Photo: Ryan Lash

There’s a bit of a back story behind today’s TED Talk, in which Nick Hanauer issues a powerful warning to his fellow zillionaire ‘plutocrats’ that it’s time to take the inequality issue seriously, and makes the case to dramatically raise the minimum wage. Some of you may remember that two years ago there was an online spat between Nick and TED over a prior talk of his, also about inequality. We liked the talk, and agreed with its sentiments, but saw a few key problems with it that kept us from posting it on our home page (though we did post it on YouTube.) We were accused of censoring him, and the row generated an extraordinary level of heat.

Roll the clock forward two years, and worries about growing economic inequality have only increased. Nick has become…

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