AND SENSE: NICK HANAUER
of all material things, and God
of all good honest people, please smile down on
Your servant, Nick Hanauer.
are well aware that Mr. Hanauer
is a very, very wealthy man, who gave
a very, very controversial and unpopular speech
at the annual gathering of the rich and powerful
at the Davos Conference in 2012.
Hanauer's Speech Video
Hanauer said, “Rich businesspeople
like me don’t create jobs. Jobs are
a consequence of an ecosystemic feedback loop
animated by middle-class consumers. When consumers
thrive, businesses grow and hire, and owners profit.
That’s why taxing the rich to pay for investments
that benefit all
is a great deal for both the middle class
and the rich.”
words were heretical anathema to his wealthy listeners,
and he was quickly ostracized by his powerful
But I believe he spoke truth to power, Lord. I
believe he was right.
give him health, blessings,
and the courage to continue to speak out
to the wealthy and the world, and "those
who have ears, let them hear."
himself, is a very rich man. Almost alone among
his peers, he argues that not only
out of charity, but also for ultimate conservation
of their own resources,
the very wealthy of the world need
to "give back," and share their good
with their fellow mortals.
bless this man's wisdom, and help us all learn
how best to conserve, and share, the goods You
have given us in this world. Help us, Lord, to
end class warfare.
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