Large segments from the progressive, conservative, and libertarian political camps find themselves aligned in opposition to the destruction of civil liberties, the economically draining corporate welfare state, the relentless perpetuation of America's wars, sovereignty-shredding trade agreements, and the unpunished crimes of Wall Street against Main Street. Nader shows how Left-Right coalitions can prevail over the corporate state and crony capitalism.
He draws on his extensive experience working with grassroots organizations in Washington and reveals the many surprising victories by united progressive and conservative forces. As a participator in, and keen observer of, these budding alliances, he breaks new ground in showing how such coalitions can overcome specific obstacles that divide them, and how they can expand their power on Capitol Hill, in the courts, and in the decisive arena of public opinion.
Americans can reclaim their right to consume safe foods and drugs, live in healthy environments, receive fair rewards for their work, resist empire, regain control of taxpayer assets, strengthen investor rights, and make bureaucrats more efficient and accountable. Nader argues it is in the interest of citizens of different political labels to join in the struggle against the corporate state that will, if left unchecked, ruin the Republic, override our constitution, and shred the basic rights of the American people.
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Table of Contents
1 Convergence: The Sporadic Coming Together of Right and Left Against Corporatists 1
2 Conservatism's Authority Figures: Principles Versus Dogmas 23
3 Hands Reach Across the Aisle, Though Often Slapped Back by Wily Corporatists 43
4 Twenty-Five Proposed Redirections and Reforms Through Convergent Action 65
5 Getting to the Actions: Convergences Ahoy! 71
6 Obstacles to Convergence and How to Overcome Them 121
7 Who Owns America? A Light from the 1930s Illuminates Now 139
8 Common Ground for Common and Uncommon Causes, Found in the Thoughts of Much-Cited but Little-Read Conservative Icons 161
9 What of the Liberals? And Populist Conservatives? 167
10 Dear Billionaire 181