"Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!"

by Ralph Nader

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ISBN-13: 9781583229231
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 03/22/2011
Edition description: Abridged Edition
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Born in Connecticut in 1934, RALPH NADER has spent his lifetime challenging corporations and government agencies to be more accountable to the public. His 1965 book Unsafe at Any Speed permanently altered the course of a reckless U.S. automobile industry and made Nader a household name. His lobbying and writing on the food industry helped to ensure that the food we buy is required to pass strict guidelines before reaching the consumer. One of Nader’s greatest achievements was his successful lobbying for a 1974 amendment to the Freedom of Information Act, which gave increased public access to government documents. Over the years he has co-founded the public interest groups Public Citizen, Critical Mass, Commercial Alert, and the Center for the Study of Responsive Law. His 2000 presidential campaign on the Green Party ticket served to broaden the scope of debate on the nation’s priorities. Named by the Atlantic as one of the hundred most influential figures in American history, Nader continues to be a relentless advocate for grassroots activism and democratic change. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Ralph Nader begins Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us! with an author's note that attempts to clarify any genre confusion the reader might have. "This book is not a novel," he announces. "Nor is it nonfiction. In the literary world, it might be described as a 'practical utopia.' " It's a smart clarification to offer because, by the aesthetic criteria of either of those two more common forms, it is a colossal, Hindenburgian disaster.

As a novel it is a dismal affair: gracelessly written, ploddingly plotted, and long. Oh God so long. And as a political tract it advances a conception of politics both grossly condescending and depressingly elitist. Democracy, Nader seems to say, could be ours: if only the oligarchs would get behind it.

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Only the Superrich Can Save Us 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
santhony on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I am a small business owner from the rural South. As you might imagine, Ralph Nader and I don¿t see eye to eye on anything. As a result, I expected to be irritated and discomfited by just about anything he put onto paper. Nevertheless, the concept of this novel was intriguing and I was willing to give it a shot. I hoped for a well reasoned (even if mistaken), entertaining read. I was disappointed but not surprised.Seventeen elderly, wealthy progressives get together to save the world. They are billed as ¿billionaires¿, but I¿d guess that less than half satisfy that definition. Led by Warren Buffett, the Oracle from Omaha, the group includes such luminaries as George Soros, Barry Diller, Ross Perot and Ted Turner. It includes 6-8 fellows I¿ve never heard of (campaign supporters of Nader with money, I assume). It also includes Phil Donohue, Paul Neuman, Bill Cosby and Yoko Ono. I¿m pretty sure they¿re not billionaires, but you have to have some star power, and it wouldn¿t look good not to have any minorities or women, would it?Putting aside the political positions advanced by the Billionaire Boys Club, even more irritating was the complete lack of economic reality advanced by Nader through his ¿actors¿. One key strategy of the Meliorists (their chosen moniker) was to unlock all of the `dead¿ money contained in mutual funds and bond markets. ¿Dead money¿; also known as the capital used by publicly traded companies to finance the jobs that the Meliorists want to improve through doubling the minimum wage.The biggest evil in the world, in the eyes of Meliorists, is the multi-national corporation. Yet in a typical lack of consistency, perhaps their single biggest ¿hot button¿ issue is the estate tax, one of the biggest contributors to the rise and consolidation of assets in the big, faceless corporations that they despise.A minimum wage of $10/hour? Great. I wonder how folks on a fixed income are going to handle the erosion in their purchasing power when inflation spikes? Like the entire novel, the proposals are simplistic, naïve and poorly reasoned.In Nader¿s world, Warren Beatty becomes Governor of California and solves the budget crisis by eliminating tax breaks for the super rich. Well, that should cover about 5% of the shortfall. There are simply not enough super rich people in the United States to bridge the budget deficit, regardless of the tax rate. Confiscating all of the assets (not just the income) of the super rich might make a one time dent in the annual budget deficit, but then where would you be?Of course, addressing the budget deficit is not a priority, as in addition to reinstituting confiscatory tax rates, they have a whole basketful of new entitlement plans in the works, including a ¿reverse income tax¿, which I can only assume guarantees you a certain level of income (the earned income tax credit, without the requirement that it be ¿earned¿), guaranteed housing, free legal representation and health care. They completely eliminate federal income tax on those earning less than $100,000 a year. I knew Nader¿s philosophy, but I thought that he¿d have to at least cloak it in a semblance of reality. Not much reality here. The Meliorists form a political party, draft candidates and qualify for ballots in a couple of months. Really?Now, it would be unfair to assign a low rating based solely upon my disagreement with his politics. The sad fact is that Nader is not a very good writer of fiction. The bulk of the novel involves the Meliorists sitting around a large conference room, at a beautiful resort in Maui, in monthly meetings where they preach to each other, mouthing tired old hackneyed liberal platitudes on which they all agree unanimously. It¿s almost heartwarming. This coupled with the absurd, unrealistic events which transpire, make it a difficult read.That is not to say that there are not periods of entertainment or even thoughtful discourse (the process of unionizing WalMart, for exampl
Vero-unua on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Through a work of fiction, Nader proposes a plan through which seventeen of the wealthiest people in the world, including Bill Cosby, Phil Donahue, Bill Gates, Yoko Ono, Ross Perot, and Ted Turner, could help alleviate many of the major problems facing the planet today, including government corruption, environmental ills, and social injustices. I recommend this book (especially to Bill Cosby, Phil Donahue, Bill Gates, Yoko Ono, Ross Perot, and Ted Turner)
peterlaplante More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and hefty-sized page-turner.
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ColinCWare More than 1 year ago
"Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!" is a MUST READ. It is very easy reading. Ralph Nader has written with every-day words nearly all can read and easily understand. The entire concept of the US Constitution confirmed that control of a government required the source of standards of personal, social, and business behavior must come from all the citizens of the United States of America. The KEY feature was to maintain control of the Government of the new United States in the hands of all individuals that comprise the population of the United States, not the gentry few wealthy and land-owners. Ralph Nader has described precisely what was intended in 1776. The ranking of considerations at all levels in Nader's story parallels the Original Constitution of the United States. What Nader is telling the reader in a very imaginative way is re-establishing the control of our government to the lower income, more common citizen. This way they can buy the goods and services they want and need. In turn gives the producing workers employment - which, in turn, gives management operating positions - which, in turn, makes for profitable businesses to sell stock and bonds to the upper income citizens. It is essential, the lower and lowest wealth individuals must be gainfully employed. Nader calls on 17 of the wealthy personae, using their names in his creation of imaginative "what could happen" story of "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!" Carefully note our present government is controlling us, all of us at the lower-wealth bottom. Because we have, over the past little over 100 years, allowed - No! We have voted Congressional Members who passed laws to allow -- the government to give us - as if we need not ever have to pay for it - services and government control. "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!" is written for anyone to enjoy and be tickled by what could happen here - and the world - if we all put our true needs on the negotiating table. Colin C. Ware, Founder of CrediCash? System, for the multitudes I have also read and enjoyed the teachings of: "5000 Year Leap : A Miracle that Changed the World" by W. Cleon Skousen "An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems" by Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe, Steve Burguiere
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the first book I have ever returned. That's what I thought about it. I thought it would be good, but it was so outlandish that I didn't want to waste my time or money on this book. First of all, only Jesus can save us. Go ahead and laugh. I don't care. The superrich are only superrich because they are allowed to be by God. The only difference in the superrich and me is that they have money. Take away their money and they are nothing. Don't waste your time or money on this book. Read the Bible instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"only the super rich can save us" is a very intresting novel writtion by ralph nader . he takes a serious look at a many problems in the world and how alot of the many industrilists and people who have the most money dont use it to the betterment of society . this book takes a look at what would happen if some of these people who control the money in the world would try to make a difference with some of the problems in our communitys instead of spending there money on things that dont matter what would happen if these people used there money to show the betterment or for the worse. this bestseller shows how we all can look in our own back yards and solve some of our own differences perhaps mr nader will be making another run. this book would make a wonderful gift for someone special.