"The Pitchforks Are Coming for the Millionaires", says Zillionaire to Politico



Mike Allen swung by MSNBC to tell us just how up front even a center-leaning outfit like Politico is featuring on the stars of the new American plutocracy. Or oligarchy. The folks you see on the business end of a briskly waving pitchfork.

Personally, the Koch Broz. seem more like oligarchs, but that may because I always picture them in crowns that would put the ones adjacent to the Great Tower of London in the shade.

That's why they, the 1%er oligarchy plutocrats like the Koch Sons-a'-Bitches Brothers are so easy for us pitchfork wielders to find … they're large and sparkly. And probably slow.


Image, Cagle Cartoons

Image, Cagle Cartoons

Give a gander to mogul and model of American capitalism, Nick Hanauer. He kinda sorta helped blow up Amazon. And he's the one saying "I see pitchforks."


The actual article over at Politico is worth the read, excerpted here for a quickie.

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. In cash. My friends and I own a bank. I tell you all this to demonstrate that in many ways I’m no different from you. Like you, I have a broad perspective on business and capitalism. And also like you, I have been rewarded obscenely for my success, with a life that the other 99.99 percent of Americans can’t even imagine. Multiple homes, my own plane, etc., etc. You know what I’m talking about. ...

Now I own a very large yacht. 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?

Cartoon, Jeff Danziger, GoComics.com

Cartoon, Jeff Danziger, GoComics.com

I see pitchforks.
Now that is refreshing. A rich guy who remembers what it was like to take his first big risk - who sees income inequality.

By Jeebus, he probably even believes in climate change. And I wonder what he thought about the SCROTUS Hobby Lobby debacle.


  • geeegee

    i am so effing ready....

  • Michael Dowd

    Created a petition on whitehouse.gov, not sure if it will have any effect, but check it out here: http://wh.gov/lF1uM It needs 150 signatures before it becomes publicly listed on the site.

  • Do you suppose that's why the Hobby Lobby Green's are collecting all those over-valued rare bibles and ♰ bits and bobs?

  • Guest

    Try that again.

  • LOL, 'in demand skill' ! And oui oui on Madame Defarge … ever see this one?

  • RepublicanSwine

    LOL ... I can understand that. And could come in very handy. I see it as an "in demand" skill if we keep going in this direction. You simply can't have this kind of disparity in wealth. Something usually gives ... and dramatically. See France 1792 + ...

  • Most excellent point, Newt.

  • Moe Larryandjesus

    If the day comes when the Kochs are squealing on the guillotine it will be a very good day.

  • Cool! I never thought I'd be so grateful to have been taught young how to properly use a pitchfork in a hay barn. 😉 (Then one day that fool Pat Buchanan was bloviating on msnbc, RS, and I was very glad the extended family had Vt. farmland and some horse-junkies. )

  • RepublicanSwine

    I'm ready.

  • Not every apple in the barrel is rotten; we've got to pluck the good ones out and get them to help us any way they can.