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Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State
     

Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State

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by Ralph Nader
 

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Ralph Nader, one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century, has fought for justice in America for over half a century. He strongly believes that—contrary to conventional political wisdom regarding extreme partisanship—significant change can be accomplished by focusing on issues that most Americans, regardless of political labels, agree are

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Ralph Nader, one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century, has fought for justice in America for over half a century. He strongly believes that—contrary to conventional political wisdom regarding extreme partisanship—significant change can be accomplished by focusing on issues that most Americans, regardless of political labels, agree are important and need to be addressed. This book is about the emerging political re-alignment that is combining the Left and the Right against corporate tyranny.

One of the most urgent issues of our time is the dominant corporate control of the United States economy and political process. Large segments from the progressive, conservative, and libertarian political camps find themselves aligned on a variety of issues, such as opposing the destruction of civil liberties, the draining corporate welfare state, the expansion of America's aggressive wars, and the growing intensity of Wall Street crimes. All of these issues can be traced back to the growing influence of corporate goliaths and their ability to combine forces with indentured government against the interests of the broader public.

Nader urges Americans to fight back with unlikely allies. He draws on half a century of his own experience working at the grassroots and in Congress and tells of many surprising victories that have united progressive and conservative forces. As a participator and active observer of these budding alliances, he breaks new ground in showing how these coalitions can expand to achieve power on Capitol Hill, in the courts, and in the arena of public opinion. These examples provide a blueprint for how Americans on both sides of the aisle can fight against the corporate agenda, and reclaim their right to consume safe foods and drugs, breathe clean air, become fairly rewarded for their daily work, regain control of taxpayer assets, and obtain greater voice in the decisions that affect them.

This book shows how corporatist strategies of divide-and-rule can be overcome through a united front, in order to enact long overdue changes in our country. Far from espousing “let’s meet half-way” type compromises, Nader argues that it is in the interest of citizens of different political labels to join in the struggle against the corporate state that is ruining the Republic, trampling our constitution, and pushing the American people into the ground.

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“I read Ralph Nader for the same reasons that I read Tom Paine. He knows what he thinks, says what he means, and his courage is a lesson for us all.” —Lewis Lapham

“Thomas Jefferson fretted that, with the passing of the founding generation, the truer patriotism that he knew as the ‘Spirit of '76' would be lost. He need not have worried. Ralph Nader has recaptured the founding faith with an inspired call for a left-right coalition of conscience on behalf of democracy, liberty, fairness and peace.” —John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation and co-author of Dollarocracy

"For more than 50 years, Nader has backed the rights of citizens against the growing influence of corporations and government leaders tied closely to those businesses...The new book offers readers broad philosophical views, as well as many detailed suggestions, about how to promote and advance a growing political alliance between the left and the right that challenges the growing alliance between Big Business and Big Government."—The Charleston Gazette

"In Unstoppable, Ralph Nader argues that there are in fact surprising areas of convergence between the left and the right... These are profound observations... Mr. Nader rails so effectively." —David Asman, Wall Street Journal

“Activist Nader sketches out places of 'convergence' where liberals and conservatives can start working together for the public good.…[he] lists reforms with which many lawmakers would agree, including breaking up too-big-to-fail banks, protecting children from commercialism and ending corporate personhood.” Kirkus Reviews

“One of Ralph Nader's finest efforts. A bold and lucid handbook for the future.” —Patti Smith

“Conservatives and liberals both look askance at the Leviathan state and realize that promises of ‘doing good' often obscure the reality of ‘doing well' at taxpayer expense. Those looking for opportunities for bi-partisan cooperation should look at the nexus of statism and cronyism. Unstoppable shows that opposing such corruption can bring activists of the right and left together to fight side by side.” —Grover Norquist

“Ralph Nader's timely book once again makes him prescient in his insights about American politics. His against-the-grain prediction of a Left-Right alliance is not just a hope, but it is grounded in emerging evidence.” —Cornel West

“Nader at his best—original, indignant, idealistic, and on the lookout for new political alliances and possibilities. A tonic for the cynicism that's poisoning the groundwater of our democracy.” —Robert B. Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley

“No American in recent decades has done more than Ralph Nader to construct a workable alliance between the principled Right and the sincere Left to salvage our country and our national prosperity, and Unstoppable outlines his vital mission.” —Ron Unz, former publisher of The American Conservative

Unstoppable is even-handed, erudite, practical and necessary. Nader harnesses his lifelong crusade for the public interest over the corporatist agenda into a treatise that is optimistic and patriotic. He demonstrably shows that effective Left-Right alliances aren't pipe dreams, but historic realities in need of strategic cultivation, for the sake of our future.” —Nomi Prins, author of All the Presidents' Bankers

Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-16
Activist Nader (The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future, 2012, etc.) sketches out places of "convergence" where liberals and conservatives can start working together for the public good. Though increasingly rare, the author points to a number of instances when lawmakers worked in concert to support automobile airbags, prison reform, halt media concentration, and oppose taxpayer-funded stadiums and arenas. Sometimes they found success; often, they got bogged down in committee or watered down during the process. However, as Nader argues, we also must acknowledge the global corporate giants, whose "DNA commands them to control, undermine or eliminate any force, tradition, or institution that impedes their expansion of sales, profits, and executive compensation." Certainly, there is endless ammunition to support this point, and Nader trots out one infuriating illustration after another—e.g., "the Department of Defense cannot or will not make an annual audit of it sprawling $527 billion yearly budget, not counting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan"—but corporate and governmental malfeasance are givens. The issue is how to make government heed "the supremacy of civic values to which commercial pursuits must adjust." Nader lists reforms with which many lawmakers would agree, including breaking up too-big-to-fail banks, protecting children from commercialism and ending corporate personhood. However, he also delivers many examples where lawmakers are despairing, stymied by partisanship or in the corporate pocket. "Whether Democrats or Republicans are in control, corporations still receive the same wasteful or expanding assorted privileges," while corporate welfare is ever more varied and bipartisan. Nader hopes that "convergence stimulates the depth of our basic humanity and sense of justice," but it feels awfully distant from this vantage point. If the best we can do is "agree on a general policy or stance without having to also agree on the exact implications or use that would be made of a policy," that sounds like planting seeds with no hope of rain. Despite the best of motives, Nader shoots down his own case for convergence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568584546
Publisher:
Nation Books
Publication date:
04/29/2014
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Nader is an American political activist, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney. Areas of particular concern to Nader include consumer protection, humanitarianism, environmentalism, and democratic government. Nader came to prominence in 1965 with the publication of his book Unsafe at Any Speed, a critique of the safety record of American automobile manufacturers in general, and most famously the Chevrolet Corvair. In 1999, a New York University panel of journalists ranked Unsafe at Any Speed 38th among the top 100 pieces of journalism of the 20th century. Nader is a five-time candidate for President of the United States, having run as a write-in candidate in the 1992 New Hampshire Democratic primary, as the Green Party nominee in 1996 and 2000, and as an independent candidate in 2004 and 2008. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
storms1 More than 1 year ago
"unstoppable" is very hard to put down. ralph nader shows how liberals and conservatives in goverment destroy our libertys and the constitution and citizens chances at good job oppurtunitys whean they work agaist each other. this is a wonderful hand book for the frustrated voter showing them how they can make a difference in there community state and goverment this man needs to run again for the white house and put some of his wisom into practice and the people need to get behind him. also recameded: the good fight by ralph nader, the seven teen traditions by ralph nader,crashing the party by ralph nader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is full of practical ideas for doing exactly what the title claims. Read it and pass it on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ralph Nader is not new to the political hot potatoes as evidenced by his past printings and documented press statements. And the need for a closer review and audit of Federal budgets is not really new news. However, he has shed some light on some interesting attempts, on the QT, by several political and apolitical groups to facilitate the control of the Federal budget with emphasis on the run-away Dept of Defense budget. That part of the process has been the Sacred Cow that has bitten anyone and everyone who even alludes to looking at controlling the $800 billion Sacred Cow. Reminds me of Jimmy Stewart's movie, "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington." You want to think that you can control the inflationary, racket-laden Dept of Defense budget, but it's like trying to stop a runaway freight train with a pencil - not going to happen. His proposals for non-partisan cooperative partnerships in stopping this freight train may have some merit. It appears as though, at this point in time, both sides of the "aisle" recognize the need to do something, lest the country implode on a massive tumultuous scale based on the current economic Congressional miscalculations. Interesting ideas - not it's time for someone to step up to the political plate and play ball.