Here you go, weenie.
Memo: From Nick Hanauer
To: My Fellow Zillionaires
You probably don't know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries -- from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like Amazon.com, for which I was the first nonfamily investor. Then I founded aQuantive, an Internet advertising company that was sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion.
I'm not the smartest guy you've ever met, or the hardest-working. I was a mediocre student. I'm not technical at all -- I can't write a word of code. What sets me apart, I think, is a tolerance for risk and an intuition about what will happen in the future.
Seeing where things are headed is the essence of entrepreneurship. And what do I see in our future now?
I see pitchforks.
I have a message for my fellow filthy rich, for all of us who live in our gated bubble worlds: Wake up, people. It won't last.
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.
You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state.
Or an uprising.
There are no counterexamples.
It's not if, it's when.
Hey, Madbomber ... you can always go whine to Rcade.