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Monday, February 17, 2014

As $15 Minimum Wage Movement Nears Success, Seattle Times Anoints 1 Percenter "a Leader"

Posted by on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 8:50 AM

I'm glad he's on our side in this particular struggle, and if Seattle's $15 minimum wage ultimately goes to the ballot, I sure hope he spends big in its defense. But if Nick Hanauer is in fact "a leader in push for $15 minimum wage," as the Seattle Times implies, who exactly is following him? Certainly not the thousands of fast food workers nationwide who have risked their jobs striking for a living wage, or the hundreds of organizers from labor unions like SEIU and activist groups like Socialist Alternative who have relentlessly campaigned to push this issue along.

Nothing against Hanauer—he's playing a useful role too. But this eagerness to anoint him a "leader" (you know, because he's very, very rich), comes off as a willful denial of the grassroots nature of this movement. In spirit, in tactics, and in personnel, the fight for a $15 minimum wage arose from the ashes of Occupy Wall Street. No doubt Thomas Carlyle would approve of this Great Man interpretation of history, but to tout a 1 Percenter as a "leader" of this movement is not only counterfactual, it is counterproductive, as it inevitably raises suspicions about motives.

Hopefully, future historians will ignore the first draft.


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Big Boss 1
The Times is fish wrap to make middle-class and rich white people feel important. This is not only unsurprising but entirely their usual M.O.
Posted by Big Boss on February 17, 2014 at 9:07 AM · Report this
Didn't the Stranger engage in the same thing when it profiled Hanauer in its earlier article on people and organizations to watch? I remember being pissed off at the time because he seemed to be given nearly full credit for the Sea Tac Campaign, which irritated those who had actually done the work.
Posted by Dave Charles on February 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM · Report this
Baconcat 3
Meinert once pressed an alternate history of the fight for $15 on Dom's FB, giving over majority "ownership" to Hanauer and David Rolf in opposition to the true grassroots narrative. Seems like the "benevolent capitalist" class of Seattle is up to something.

Might be good to consider who is trying to make fetch happen in this case since it has a direct impact on the outcome.
Posted by Baconcat on February 17, 2014 at 9:13 AM · Report this
JonnoN 4
"Hopefully, future historians will ignore anything the Times ever wrote"


On a semi-related note, I just noticed the Times' "Today File" has zero stories from today, at 9am monday morning. Glad I don't pay money for this...
Posted by JonnoN on February 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM · Report this
Damn it goldy if you paid as much attention to the paper you work at as you do the times you'd see the stranger called him a leader in the SeaTac min wage initiative.…

where was your outage then?
Posted by j2patter on February 17, 2014 at 9:26 AM · Report this
Posted by j2patter on February 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM · Report this
MrBaker 7
Goldy, you asked useful question (then buried it in mindless complaining), "who exactly is following him?"

That looks like something worth investigating and reporting on in a newspaper. Here is another question for a reporter, assuming you can find one of those in your office, if Hanauer does have actual followers, are they people that would otherwise not associate themselves with any of the people/groups/elements you cite are leaders?
I think that if a reporter can answer those few questions then you have a story and an answer, rather than this shit you posted on slog.
Complaining about other people's shitting reporting isn't particularly useful unless you can provide an actual answer to your own question.
Posted by MrBaker on February 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM · Report this
Hanauer, sadly, belongs to the "I'm the smartest guy in the room" club. To his credit, he puts his money where his -seemingly large - mouth is but he also is pretty much speaking in an echo chamber of his own making.

He's also the guy who helped fund the charter school initiative. (He also says, in the Times article, that he's a brilliant strategist and yet the charter initiative only passed by 40k votes and his preferred ed reform candidate for Seattle School Board lost badly. So much for that claim on his talents.)
Posted by westello on February 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM · Report this
Goldy is just mad at the Times for not picking him. In fact Goldy is just mad at the Times. It probably has little to do with the Times.
Posted by hmmmmm on February 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM · Report this
Goldy 10
@2 @5 I did not participate in that piece.
Posted by Goldy on February 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM · Report this
Funder. The word is funder.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on February 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM · Report this
@10 -- and yet your piece says that the "Seattle Times implies" rather than referring to the piece's actual author. So it's OK for you to refer to the Seattle Times as a single, monolithic entity, but not for your readers to point out your hypocrisy by doing the same about the Stranger?

You write about the Seattle Times like a kid who always got picked last in kickball would end up writing about sports. You and Mudede need to team up to write a scathing expose about how the Seattle Times actually colluded with Amanda Knox to kill Meredith Kircher, all as a plot to perpetuate the low minimum wage that exists as evidence of the failings of neoliberalism.
Posted by darkpassenger on February 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM · Report this
@12, Goldy's probably just upset that the article about Hanauer and $15/hr mentions Murray and the panel appointed to investigate it, but CMSawant isn't mentioned at all. It's not like they held a rally in the rain on Saturday that could have been covered by the press....
Posted by ChefJoe on February 17, 2014 at 1:21 PM · Report this
Goldy 14
@9, @12, @13 et al: Blah, blah, blah.
Posted by Goldy on February 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM · Report this
Who doesn't love watching someone step in their own shit?

Thanks Goldy, that was fun.

Posted by UnGill on February 17, 2014 at 3:06 PM · Report this
@14. Trolls win again.
Posted by hmmmmm on February 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM · Report this
collectivism_sucks 17
Another question for Goldy, that gets asked a lot but NEVER answered: Do all the employees of The SStranger make at least 15/hour? Everyone's been asking, but no one has answered.

Oh, and as for the "1%", what about SEIU president Mary Kay Henry who makes over 250,000/year, A WHOLE LOT MORE than her "brothers and sisters" working for a living.

Say what you will about CEOs, but at least they get paid to make companies profitable and they pay employees. Unions TAKE MONEY FROM WORKING PEOPLE and use it to, among other things, pay their fat-cat bosses. Why not call them out?

And, while we're at it, the BIG question: why did Sawant pay her few paid staffers during her campaign LESS THAN 15/HOUR?!

Typical liberalism at play: do as they say, not as they do.

But I doubt Goldy will answer any of these questions.
Posted by collectivism_sucks on February 17, 2014 at 8:55 PM · Report this
@14 - Goldy, you either didn't know about the piece in the Stranger and are uniformed about what gets written in your own paper, or you did know and you willfully left it out to suit a narrative. You can't rant about how the shitty the Times is without expecting to get called out on this. Hold yourself to your own standards, or file this under "Do what I say, not what I do".
Posted by j2patter on February 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM · Report this

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