Billionaire Plutocrat Warns: the People Will Be Bringing Pitchforks - Politicrossing
Connect with us

Business

Billionaire Plutocrat Warns: the People Will Be Bringing Pitchforks

“And what do I see in our future now? I see pitchforks.”

Published

on

You may not of heard of Nick Hanauer, but he is one of the most influential tech billionaires of the last 20 years. He was the first non-family member investor in a little company called Amazon. He was friends with Jeff Bezos and when Jeff arrived in Seattle, Nick put together some investors. Nick made out very well. In fact, Nick made out so well, that his even his little brother Adrian also made out very well, now owning the world class Seattle Sounders soccer team. But I digress…

In 2014, Nick wrote an article for political entitled, The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats.

Here is how Nick describes himself in the Politico article:

“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 non-family investor. Then I founded aQuantive, an Internet advertising company that was sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion. In cash. My friends and I own a bank.

“But let’s speak frankly to each other. 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.”

“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.”

Now, you have to understand, Nick is a leftist in every sense of the word. When my partner Todd Herman and I had a radio show in Seattle, we always wanted Nick to come on and debate us but he would never come on. But for a moment in time in 2014, Nick was dead on the money that eventually people are going to be tired of being taken advantage of and being used by the system. This latest case between hedge funds and the small investors using Robin Hood, demonstrates just how stacked the system is against the little guy. When the little guy feels frustration and believes that he has no way to improve his lot in life because the wealthy elite are crushing him, eventually he and his friends pick up pitchforks.

Here is more from Nick:

“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. None. It’s not if, it’s when.”

The more the Biden Administration and the radical left crush the little guy, the closer and closer we will get to Nick’s vision from seven years ago. Let’s hope someone figures this out and let’s up, before the “little guy” rebels.

Here is the TedTalk that Nick did warning of an impending pitchfork rebellion:

Chris is one of the World's Top 50 Speakers, member of the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame, and one of Inc. Magazine's Top 100 Leadership Speakers. He considers it a privilege to be able to speak to people, help them lead successful lives, become extraordinary leaders and, masterful salespeople. Chris has authored twenty books with three million copies in print in 13 languages and over 450 articles on success, leadership, sales and motivation.



  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.



Business

Former RNC Digital Director Talks How to Fight Back Against Online Assault on Democracy

Cyrus Krohn is the Author of Bombarded! How to Fight Back Against Online Assault on Democracy

Published

on

Cyrus Krohn has been a cutting-edge communicator, digital innovator and new media executive for over 20 years. Krohn is currently Senior Vice President of Business Development at Civic Science, Inc. He advises businesses including Democracy Live, a voting technology company and Element Data, Inc., focused on decision intelligence software. He managed acquisition of the Cheezburger Network, one of the world’s largest digital media companies focused on humor and entertainment, to Literally Media. Prior to Cheezburger, Krohn co-founded Crowdverb and sold the start-up to WPP, the world’s largest communication services group. Krohn has worked as a senior director and executive producer at technology companies including Microsoft and Yahoo. Watch as Cyrus discusses his new book, Bombarded!, with PolitiCrossing Founder, Chris Widener.

In 2013, Krohn was named one of the Top 50 digital political strategists in the United States. Krohn served as director of digital strategy for the Republican National Committee’s eCampaign Division. He joined the RNC following two years at Yahoo! as director of content production and election strategy. Krohn worked under well-known Hollywood media executive Lloyd Braun at Yahoo! Media Group in Santa Monica, California, creating original programming.

Prior to Yahoo!, Krohn spent ten years at Microsoft. He was Slate Magazine’s first employee and then publisher while the webzine was owned by Microsoft. While publisher, Slate reached profitability and won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online. He is editor of the Slate Diaries, published by Public Affairs Books. Krohn also managed the political advertising effort for MSN.com, the Microsoft Network and was executive producer at MSN Video.

Krohn worked in CNN’s Washington, D.C. bureau producing Larry King Live and Crossfire and served as an intern in the Old Executive Office Building (OEOB) and White House for Vice President Dan Quayle. Krohn served as president of the Washington State News Council, an independent, nonprofit, statewide organization whose members share a common belief that fair, accurate and balanced news media are vital to our democracy.

Krohn graduated from Lynchburg College and served on the Board of Advisors of the George Washington University Institute for Politics Democracy and the Internet and the E-Voter Institute. He has lectured on the impact the Internet is having on the political process at the 2013 Personal Democracy Forum, University of Michigan Knight-Wallace Fellows, Johns Hopkins University, American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, University of Pennsylvania, The Aspen Institute, Harvard and MIT.

Continue Reading

Business

Donald Trump’s Comeback Starts Now!

Published

on

The comeback for Donald Trump starts now!  Donald Trump’s comeback starts now as he speaks to his supporters at CPAC on Sunday.  Donald Trump wrote the Art of the Comeback in 1997. Now in 2021, he is poised to make his most remarkable comeback yet. This Sunday, the 45th President of the United States will return to the place his political movement began – CPAC.  CPAC is the largest gathering of conservatives in the nation each year and this year they have the focus of America Uncanceled. On Sunday, Donald Trump will address his base and the country.

Indeed the comebacks starts now.  Trumpist and conservatives are anxious to hear from Trump.  His followers continue to look to the leader who led the Nation to a robust economy and through the pandemic that plagued the world.

How will Trump choose to start his comeback?

Maybe he could focus on the economy that he worked so hard to build. One message that the world needs to hear now is how to recover from the pandemic and get businesses back to work. Biden’s slogan of “Build Back Better” was catchy but lacked details on how to open the economy and build back. Trump, the business owner who has built back better from losses, can teach the American people and the business world how to recover from setbacks and failures.

Part of the amazing story of Trump is how he always recovers from setbacks. Policies like restricting Federal overreach, better trade deals, and helping small businesses through grants and loans are the right message to send to begin a comeback. Trump gets things done.   He can contrast that reality with a Democratic house that has set on its hands during the pandemic. The Democratic leaders are good at pointing fingers, while Trump is good at pointing the way forward.

Finish the wall!

Or he could focus on Americanism. Trump won his election against Hillary Clinton because of his focus on “Making America Great Again.”  He defined making America great by protecting its borders, elevating law and order, and overcoming radical terrorism around the world.  He would do well to remind people of these consistent real threats that would still impact the American people’s day-to-day lives.

People are drawn to Trump because of his strength and his convictions.  He will motivate the crowd and inspire his based when he speaks of past and new convictions that will make America great.  Statements such as “Finish the Wall” and “Make elections honest” will create a new buzz that will propel him forward as the man who will shape the Republican party and continue to shape the Nation.

Vote them Out!

He could go on the attack of those that have attacked him. Trump understands the anger that is brewing in America over career politicians that continue to make money instead of help the people.  Trump should remind his listeners that the attacks on him are really attacks against the American people.  The smugness of the Democratic leaders and the disdain of the ultra-liberal media against the common person or common decency will engender a movement of conservatives to use their voice and their vote to remove those that have forgotten that they represent the people of America.

Trump should start a movement to “vote them out!”  Trump likes to punch back at those that punch at him.  However, instead of name calling, he could call out the wicked and scheming actions of those that attacked him.   If he could punch back for the American people, he would set himself in contrast to those currently in power.  He would again become the voice of the people.

Get me help!

Trump should announce that he will lead the Trump Make America Great Again political action committee.  This committee will be a platform to help elect leaders and politicians that align with his vision.  These politicians will care more about the American people than they do their pocketbooks. He should follow the example of Newgt Gringrich and create a new contract with America. He should identify his top priorities that every politician should sign on to receive his and his follower’s support. His clarity on this message will inspire a new group of politicians to run with him when he seeks reelection.

Finally, Trump should show vulnerability about the election loss and the riot at the Capital. Acknowledging his humility will only make him stronger.  Talking about his sadness over the loss of life at the capital will make him relatable.  Speaking about the disobedience to law and order will only make his pathway to action brighter.  Trump understands that change happens not from yelling change from the podium, but rather when the American people rise up and act in their local communities and precincts.  When the American people speak and call their local representatives, they move the representative to action.  Only the people can ensure fair and free elections.

In his book, The Art of the Comeback, Trump put in his forward an apology.  He apologized to two men that he felt he was too hard on in his previous book.  It was a fantastic way to start a book about comebacks.  It will also be an amazing way for him to begin his own comeback.  By apologizing for what happened at the Capital and for losing the election (even amid voter irregularities), Trump will stand above the political fray.   He will become a leader that every American can trust and admire.

The secret for the comeback of Donald Trump can be found in his book, The Art of Comeback. Trump writes,

“I’m a firm believer in learning from Adversity. Often the worst of times can turn to your advantage – my life is a study of that.”

Indeed, Trump is not done; in fact, his legacy is just beginning. Much like the Kennedys before him, he can shape the nation for the next 50 years.  Twitter and social media worked to silence him, but he will not be silenced.  His comeback starts this Sunday, and indeed it will be fun to watch.

Continue Reading

Our Newsletter

Become a Politicrossing insider: Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.

Our Newsletter

Become a Politicrossing insider: Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.

Trending

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
 
Send this to a friend