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Practical Ideas for Americas Problems,
This review is from: The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future (Paperback)
Don't underestimate the power of Nader. A champion of consumer protection and democratic government, Ralph Nader has a track record of standing up for the common man, and implementing practical solutions. In 'Seventeen Solutions' he lists ideas on how to solve America's deepest problems.
The overall theme is civic engagement. If people had more organized discussions, paid attention to its congressmen, and stayed abreast of current events, positive changes could be made. We live in a country where the people have consistently pushed for ideals with only resilience and optimism as fuel. Because of strong willed individuals, we have organizations like Mothers against drunk driving (MADD) which has dramatically reduced drunk driving nationwide.
There are dozens of suggestions for people and communities to do such as: tax reform, ending corporate welfare, and creating congressional watch dog groups. It's hard keeping up with all the suggestions, as some range from calling a congress member from your district, to creating groups of 200 or more people. It may have been more practical to come up with 5-10 solutions, and a list of 'next steps' in each chapter to spur action.
Although plenty of Bush and Obama bashing is done, Nader's ideas aren't partisan. I think the majority of Americans, regardless or party, don't like corporate welfare, a dirty water supply, and would like more investment in public transportation. It's only that we lack the confidence to believe we can make a difference. Nader has started small on many fronts, and been able to create inspiring movements such as Princeton Project 55, Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), and dozens of non-profit organizations that make a difference for the common citizen.
Many people will read the book energized, but may lack clarity on what to do next. This is where the book needs to organize people. A blog, website, or even e-mail group should have been created for people who are ready to act and want to learn more.