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#CAPITALISM by 1% Nick Hanauer: wake up, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks will come for us!

This TED talk is about economics rather than money creation. But at least he does challenge ‘trickle down’ academic economics. Nick Hanauer has founded, co-founded and funded some 30 companies, i.e. he talks as an entrepreneur. At the end of the day, everybody can make some kind of difference. The difference the top 1% can make is just bigger!

“I am not making a moral argument. I am arguing that RISING economic inequality is STUPID. The model should be Henry Ford who intuited that

  • an economy needs to be understood as an ecosystem.

21st century understanding of economics is about

  • complex, adaptive, ecosystemic
  • not efficient and effective.

Capitalism does not work by effectively allocating resources.

His ideas of ‘new capitalism’ include

  • shrinking the size of government
  • investing in the middle class
  • balancing the power between ‘minimum wage’ and people like me.

Economics encode social and moral preferences, it’s not an exact science.

Fellow plutocrats, it is time to commit to a new kind of capitalism!

How Iceland Overthrew the Banks – the only 3 Mins of any Worth from Davos

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 30JAN10 - Olafur Ragnar Gri...

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 30JAN10 – Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland captured in the session ‘Financial Risk Management 2.0?’ of the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 30, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Only 3 Minutes Of Any Worth From Davos

Submitted by Tyler Durden – Zero Hedge

How Iceland Overthrew The Banks

“Why do we consider banks to be like holy churches?” is the rhetorical question that Iceland’s President Olafur Ragnar Grimson asks (and answers) in this truly epic three minutes of truthiness from the farce that is the World Economic Forum in Davos. Amid a week of back-slapping and self-congratulatory party-outdoing, as John Aziz notes , the Icelandic President explains why his nation is growing strongly, why unemployment is negligible, and how they moved from the world’s poster-child for banking crisis 5 years ago to a thriving nation once again. Simply put, he says, “we didn’t follow the prevailing orthodoxies of the last 30 years in the Western world.” There are lessons here for everyone – as Grimson explains the process of creative destruction that remains much needed in Western economies – though we suspect his holographic pass for next year’s Swiss fun will be reneged…

URL of the video (iceland president interview at davos):

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-01-26/only-3-minutes-worth-listening-davos