Nick Hanauer: I am one of those .01-percenters, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. ... Seeing where things are headed is the essence of entrepreneurship. And what do I see in our future now? I see pitchforks. At the same time that people like you and me are thriving beyond the dreams of any plutocrats in history, the rest of the country -- the 99.99 percent -- is lagging far behind. The divide between the haves and have-nots is getting worse really, really fast. In 1980, the top 1 percent controlled about 8 percent of U.S. national income. The bottom 50 percent shared about 18 percent. Today the top 1 percent share about 20 percent; the bottom 50 percent, just 12 percent. ... If we don't do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn't eventually come out. read more
A high school student took to the school board to combat censorship. The schools firewall was blocking conservative sites, but not liberal ones. The message is immaterial. Schools should not be blocking one side of the discussion. That breeds intellectual laziness, uninformed students, and stunts their ability to formulate and defend their position on important issues.