An ultra-rich man’s letter encourages economic change

Nick Hanauer is ultra-rich, yet he speaks out against the #extremegreed that has taken hold of our economy.

He sees the terrible inequality and strife in our society, and isn’t shy to say: “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.”

Despite his use of the word pitchforks, Nick Hanauer is urging fairness, and an understanding that without a prosperous middle class there can not be sustainable success for anyone, even those already rich.

Here is his article, titled: Ultra-rich man’s letter: “To My Fellow Filthy Rich Americans: The Pitchforks Are Coming” 

A new definition of good

It’s time for a new use of the word “good” – not meaning bad, but rather the opposite of selfish and greedy. Think of good as being generous and compassionate. So even better than a prosperous country is a “good” country.

In this uplifting talk, Simon Anholt shares his research, and encourages us to pay attention to the world around us, and to ask: “Is this what a good politician/company/country would do?” And if the politician, company or country is not being “good”, then to voice your concern. Here’s the TED talk: Website link

Here is the website showing how “good” the various countries of the world are: