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Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State [Kindle Edition]

Ralph Nader
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Ralph Nader has fought for over fifty years on behalf of American citizens against the reckless influence of corporations and their government patrons on our society. Now he ramps up the fight and makes a persuasive case that Americans are not powerless. In Unstoppable, he explores the emerging political alignment of the Left and the Right against converging corporate-government tyranny.

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.

Editorial Reviews


"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

“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

"Mr. Nader has set out on a formidable mission here — nothing less than bringing corporations and government back under effective control of their constituents, and doing so with trans-political and ideological alliances. In effect, he proposes to transform entrenched contemporary politics."—The Washington Times

About the Author

Ralph Nader is an author, a lecturer, an attorney, and an American political activist in areas of consumer and worker protection, humanitarianism, environmentalism, and democratic government. He is the best-selling author of many books, including Unsafe at Any Speed, a critique of the safety record of American automobile manufacturers. Nader is a four-time candidate for president of the United States, having run as the Green Party nominee in 1996 and 2000 and as an independent candidate in 2004 and 2008.

Product Details

  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1568584547
  • Publisher: Nation Books (April 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HTQ31TA
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95 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful and Important Book April 15, 2014
Polling data shows that Americans are disgusted with their government. Some of us blame the Right. Others blame the Left. Obviously, as one of American History's great progressives, Nader is not neutral in the battle between Right and Left. Far from it. I am not neutral either. I am a conservative, but I cheer this new book by Ralph Nader! His still-supple mind and pure heart give him the ability to see what would be more obvious to the rest of us if it were not for the partisan hate machines and self interests that maintain our corrupted political system. Whether on the Left or Right, we know that our government has been captured by the self interested. Super-majorities of Americans - comprised of citizens on the Right and Left - want an end to the legalized bribery and extortion now a the heart of our political system, the restoration of citizen government, fair elections, fair trade, a reasonable and constitutional foreign policy, and a break-up of the big banks. If we would only compartmentalize the areas where our disagreements are intractable, we could then turn and work together to solve many of the nation's critical and massively debilitating problems. We would be, as the title of Nader's book suggests, "Unstoppable."
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
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Mr. Nader has written this book to convince Libertarian Conservatives and Liberal Progressives that the time has come for them to unite in a party dedicated to replacing the two major parties that are bought and paid for by the corporations.

Being conservative, I've thought of Mr. Nader as being "over the top'" in portraying the malignancy of America's big business corporations. However, he's always seemed personable on TV appearances, so I believe that his yearning for reform is based on a sincere desire for justice and not on the negative trait of hating business people merely because they accumulate wealth.

It also can't be denied that things have changed in a big way since the economic crash of 2008. It now looks like Mr. Nader was not so much a fanatic as a man ahead of his time. We've learned that tax cuts for the 1% and depressed wages for the 99% by excessive job elimination via globalization and corporate cost-cutting mania do not prosper the country.

We've come to understand that the money-center bank executives violated their public trust in destroying their banks with reckless speculations that allowed them to loot their banks by paying themselves obscene bonuses. We now understand how big business operates: companies are taken over by Wall Street fatcats who bilk their assets, steer them into bankruptcy, then put the workers out of the jobs they have held for decades. When the fatcats desire longer-term plunder they close American factories and ship the jobs overseas. And they are always hectoring Congress to open the borders to flood the country with tens of millions more peons who will take Americans' jobs away from them by working at slave wages.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
First, this is a very good book. It is also, I suspect, a disturbing book for those who label themselves as either a "Conservative" or as a "Liberal." As Ralph Nader effectively demonstrates, repeatedly, these epigrams are tools that others use to shape, if not control. the actions of large numbers of such self-identified people. And a major way these actions are shaped by such labels is to keep people from working together on policies and actions where there is agreement.

And the quickest way to ensure discipline and prevent joint action is to brand someone's actions as violating Liberal or Conservative principles.

As Nader documents with numerous examples, Corporations exert a powerful influence in shaping our national policies so that they and their owners are exempt from laws and regulations that hold them accountable. In recent years as these corporations have extended their influence into other nations, they have devised means and ways to use the U.S. Government to exert their influence into those other countries as well. The International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization are examples that immediately spring to mind.

Nader also subtly points out how defunct ideas and ideologies are parsed by Think Tanks and indentured intellectuals to protect Corporate interests and convey to voters a sense of powerlessness by the electorate. Nader provides examples of why that need not be so.

Ralph Nader has been a powerful influence in American public life for more than a half century. Whether you believe that his efforts are a force for a more democratic nation, or not, (I do), what is obvious is that he understands the reality of why and how the processes work, or increasingly do not work.

His insights are valuable.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Way Out! May 17, 2014
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A short way into this book, it became clear: Corporatism is the enemy that lovers of democracy, freedom, and justice must unite against. The right/left, conservative/liberal labels are petty distractions that keep us from uniting to stop corporate tyranny. I thought I was progressive until reading this book, but I resonated so completely with the thoughts of the Greats of conservatism that Nader quotes, that I could just as easily regard myself as conservative. That's how little it matters in the face of corporate economic globalization.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Try.
A sincere effort to help our country but not convincingly promising. Nader neglects the extent and significance of deal making interest groups in the political process.
Published 2 days ago by Nancy J. Marxsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent writing!
Published 18 days ago by Richard Lawrence
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading
Interesting, but lacks the indignation and call for action of his other books. The Good Fight is Ralph Nader at his best.
Published 1 month ago by Keith Lock
4.0 out of 5 stars It's political
Good but political
Published 1 month ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars great book. He's the man
So far, great book. He's the man.
Published 2 months ago by Lauren Furman Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Nader's best book since "Crashing the Party"
Perhaps Nader's best book since "Crashing the Party". An amazing call for the left and right to unite. If you are tired of big business running our country, read this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brendan Davison
3.0 out of 5 stars This is Both an Accurate and a Useful Treatise, But ...?
... the accurate part is not very useful and the useful part is not very accurate. Allow me to explain by beginning with the accurate part of the book first. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Herbert L Calhoun
2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea; disastrous delivery
This is a timely book. A recent study from Princeton and Northwestern has argued that the US has become an "oligarchy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Murray J Siskind
3.0 out of 5 stars There Will be a Left/Right Alliance, but not as Envisioned by Mr....
I tried reading it through, but when I realized the author missed the ONLY way to really effect change there was no point in finishing it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Hooper
3.0 out of 5 stars States the problems. Not enough practical solutions.
States the problems. Not enough practical solutions.
Published 3 months ago by Joan Forest
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Named by The Atlantic as one of the hundred most influential figures in American history, and by Time and Life magazines as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century, Ralph Nader has helped us drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments for more than four decades.

The crusading attorney first made headlines in 1965 with his book Unsafe at Any Speed, a scathing indictment that lambasted the auto industry for producing unsafe vehicles. The book led to congressional hearings and automobile safety laws passed in 1966, including the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. He was instrumental in the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC), and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many lives have been saved by Nader's involvement in the recall of millions of unsafe consumer products, including defective motor vehicles, and in the protection of laborers and the environment. By starting dozens of citizen groups, Ralph Nader has created an atmosphere of corporate and governmental accountability.

Ralph Nader's most popular books include, from Seven Stories, In Pursuit of Justice and The Ralph Nader Reader. His most recent bestselling books were The Good Fight (2004) and The Seventeen Traditions (2007), both published by HarperCollins. "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!" is Nader's first work of imagination. It will be published by Seven Stories Press on September 22, 2009.

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