- Hardcover: 736 pages
- Publisher: Seven Stories Press (September 22, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583229035
- ISBN-13: 978-1583229033
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"With his new book, Ralph Nader--always the iconoclast and visionary--has created a new genre...What makes Nader remarkable is that he has refused to compromise utopian ideals while totally engaging the real world over the last five decades and delivering some of the most important changes from the Left in America in the last century...How many leftist books leave you feeling hopeful, even optimistic? How many offer you a picture of a new world that inspires you to act?...A genuine creative leap in genre and substance."--"Tikkun Magazine"
"Nader, at age 75, has just added one more literary accomplishment to his list."--"Publishers Weekly"
"For his progressive purposes Nader finds that the utopian novel allows one's imagination to forage freely in policy pastures for down-to-earth solutions. In the past Nader might have sat down and written an investigative book. Now he is presenting his ideas as fiction grounded in r
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.
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1) At over 500 pages, it is numbingly long. A crisp 200 pages would have sufficed. (Do editors still exist?)
2) Nader is entitled to his fantasy of how political change could come about, but I found his wishful thinking to be wildly over-optimistic in a couple of ways:
* He shares the endearing progressive fantasy that, once made aware of reality, common people from all over the political spectrum will jump on the progressive bandwagon. For some reason, the preoccupation with God, Guns, Immigrants and Gays will suddenly disappear when confronted by simple common sense. Would that it were so.
* He vastly underestimates the skill with which the right wing, Wall Street, and corporations will oppose the progressive agenda. The skillful gutting of healthcare reform and the emergence of the Tea Party as a powerful force illustrate what any move toward a more egalitarian society would actually face.
Nevertheless, some readers will enjoy the book. It does serve as a primer on several political issues, and it gives the reader some idea of what participatory democracy would really look like. As such, it may be worth skimming. This jaded cynic, however, wants a bit more realism mixed in.
This is a wonderful vision Ralph Nader has given us. Imagine an America of the people, by the people, and for the people. It's a fantasy, but with each brilliantly defined campaign you remind yourself that although it won't happen, it COULD happen. If only those super-rich men and women of conscience would take the first step.
Thank you Ralph Nader for once again showing us the way!
His book is a wonderful odyssey into the near future and it is an enjoyable one. First of all, Ralph has already shown that he can write more than a legal brief. Anyone who has read his "The Seventeen Traditions" can attest to the beauty of his prose and to the deeper values that he represents. Second, he reveals more of himself in this new book than simply the uncompromising crusader he has been all his life (and all of our lives, as well). We now see him as Saul Alinsky with a vision for a better world. Alinsky was the pre-eminent community organizer of his day and actually founded a school for local activists which taught skills like how to get people to a meeting, anger the opposition enough to get them to respond, and how handle the press. There is a lot of Alinsky in Ralph.
But there is also a lot of Edward Bellamy in "How the Super Rich Can Save Us". Bellamy was perhaps the first among equals of utopians writing in the late 19th century who lifted his readers out of the horrors of the industrial revolution toward a vision of a better future.
So we now see a 21st Century Ralph Nader: a Saul Alinsky with a vision of a better world and an Edward Bellamy armed with superior legal talent and plenty of street political savvy.
I just love it. This is the kind of guy who can cut through the bloviation and tell us, in the great words of Larry the Cable Guy, how to "get 'er done".
In a world of chaos, we need to anticipate what comes next. Whatever it will be, it will come from the citizenry who are giving up on many of the old institutions and rules that govern them. Ralph's book is a realistic utopia and can be enabled by those who have the resources to move it along. None of the proposed actions and results are pie-in-the-sky. They are very real. And he has an uncanny knack for understanding the motives of the super-rich and others. His knowledge of popular culture is impressive who has been perceived as so focused on economic and political issues.
Here is the final test for a book like this: can anyone really deny that Ralph Nader's world, as described in "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us", would be decidedly better than where we are now?
"No", said the billionaire who has made too mcuh money and must now take on the challenge of building a better world.
"No", said the business person paying too much in taxes and receiving very little (if any) payback.
"No", said the union organizer trying to still be relevant in a changing world.
"No", said the entrepreneur who needs to be surrounded with creative ideas.
"No", said the tea-partier who is fighting against everything but is not quite sure what he or she is for.
"No", said the pollster who just loved this book.
I am going to give this as gifts throughout 2010.