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 thatcontrary to conventional political wisdom regarding extreme partisanshipsignificant 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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About 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.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"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
This book is full of practical ideas for doing exactly what the title claims. Read it and pass it on.
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.