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- Publisher: Seven Stories Press; A Seven Stories Press 1st Ed edition (June 1, 2004)
- Language: English
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In Pursuit of Justice: Collected Writings 2000-2003 Paperback – June 1, 2004
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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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If you want you can go back further in time and see it at work. There are more books about this from the 1970's. 1980's and 1990's...
Here's stuff I bet you have forgotten. Sadly most people are completely unaware of this crime! If they know anything it's only a dim distorted idea. They tend to think they are not affected. THEY ARE THE VICTIMS!
The grim truth is that you live in a country completely controlled by organised criminals!
If you are trying to work hard and accumulate any kind of asset you should consider a much different path.
Almost all Aggregated or Accumulative schemes for wealth preservation available to ordinary people have been compromised. From Pay checks to Mortgages NOTHING is safe any more.
There are ways to wire around this crime and insulate yourself from it. You CAN be healthier, wealthier and happier! YOU must STOP listening to and responding to the CROOKS! Get your self OUT of their system! Always Think and Do for Yourself first! If ten people take this to heart and change and they tell ten people and THEY tell ten more....
Get this book and read it for a short course on the real USA! YOU can take your country back one person at a time.
Five stars. No ten **********.
Ralph Nader you will be missed when you are gone. WHO will take your place?
"For Justice", "Imagine Justice" are some of Naders slogans.
Ideas worth sharing.
This book is a collection of writings covering less than half a decade, organized by relevant topics and chronological. Despite the age, specificity and dynamic social and political topics addressed in these writings, the reader should find the information relevant now and in the near future. The majority of the subjects and themes remain active topics of debate even a decade after Mr. Nader's critique and many of Nader's conclusions have resulted in no less than prophetic materializations in recent years. Be it that Mr. Nader is never stagnate in his efforts to encourage, motivate and educate the public as to their abilities to effect a broader social reform through participation in their communities and local politics, this author is sure to remain relevant. Areas of focus are the environment, consumer protections, corporate corruption, poor government administration, nuclear power, etc. (to name a few). The breadth, depth, clarity, persistance and longevity of Nader's work is sure to inspire decades of future generations to demand better standards of living, maintain vigilance over their elected representatives and demand modest accounting of all societies' players social stewardships, especially those stewardships of elected officials and business.
What should not be shocking is the precision with which Nader anticipated and forewarned americans and policy makers that the 2008-20.. financial disaster(s) would be placed on the backs of tax payers and that the cause would be banking deregulation and corporate gambling. One of the underlying themes in Nader's work is the lack of community participation, corporate loyalty to workers, waining national patriotism, environmentally neglectful practices and toleration of blatant human rights violations by corporations whose main goal accumulation of power and money on the worldwide stage, often revealed through exposed corruption and always active at erroding consumers rights and citizen's political powers. In the book Nader exposes himself as a propoant for adequate corporate accountability, protection of citizens voting powers, transparancy in government, renewable energy, etc. Also, he is uniquely keen on teaching, coaching and mentoring the reader about the concerted efforts made by special interest groups to errode their voting powers. Nader denouces the medias complicencing in perpetuating the idea of the constitutionality of the two party system which has in fact no basis in the constitution and was warned against by the founding fathers.
Nader advocates for corporate responsibility and denounces the fraud, failure of Free Trade Agreements (which promised to raise all boats in prosperity, but in all fact have decreased living standards of participating communitees) while enriching corporations, their managers and owners. These trade agreements do require corporation to advocate for workers rights and allowing for trade in products made with slave and child labor. Corporations are given not incentives to improve the communitees they dominate nor protect workers rights to organize and fair political representation. Revealed are agreements which dictate the enforcement of the lowest standards resulting in negative incentives to abuse and drain communitees rather than increase their standards of living: free trade is actually enriching businesses while lowering the worlds standards. Nader is a long proponant of a living wage and shows estimates of how workers today are more productive yet less valued as measured by hourly wages.
Nader is also critical of the complicity of the media/journalism, motivated by rating and political access which over sensationalize the trivial at the cost of facts and relevancy and all this done without charge on the public's airwaves.
The author directly and indirectly, uses fact, current examples, historical facts, relevant observations, opinions from generally respected sources and some emotionally charged language in his attempts to inspires and motivate the individual activity in both local and national social issues and prompts personal questioning about one's community participation and responsibility to monitor government representatives, actively holding them accountable, by use of one's voting power. He frequently reminds us of our own civic rights and responsibilities. Not unique to Nader but of unique quality to Nader is his assertion that corporations are not humans and that they should not have the same rights and citizens: that citizens need maintain their status as the means for which laws, policies and government are to serve. Nader consistantly refutes the attempts and claims of corporations at having the same legal rights as human beings and citizens. This is also prophetic in that a Texas corporaton in March 2010, inspired by the recent supreme court ruling that corporate campaign contributions can be unlimited, has applied to run for political office. Nader reminds us that corporate history has little to do with benevolence over those they employ and control, and is princably dedicated to power and money without loyalty and patriotism.
Nader is accused by some to be culpable (as many other social activists) of taking advantage of current trends for brief financial gain, influence, exposure or fame. I generally did not find these errors evident in this broad collection of writings. Nader chooses to work on current issues in order to affect change while the best opportunities exists and prior to passage of undesireable consumer policies and laws, being it better to stop laws from being enacted than attempting to repeal them after the fact. His writtings therefore repeat themes as they return to the forefront of discussions. He often predicts/warns with surprising accuracy of potential future outcomes. Nader constantly advocates for other organizations which makes it seem unlikely that he is the beneficiary of many of his own efforts.
It appears to me that he is always the organizer and may prefer to inspire others to action and leave them organized to deal with a specific task, allowing him to focus directly on top political players and corporate corruption. I did not find Ralph Nader to be extreme in his views nor did he over emote his cause using irrelevant minutia. Although, Mr. Nader uses different literal strategies in this text to promote his agendas and detailed his ideas. His underlying convictions and assumptions are solid, based in evidence, historical perspectives, expert opinion and solid reasoning. Readers should find that his views pass the common sense test. Regardless the dynamics of his approach and presentation, Nader's causes are relevant and important to the majority of citizens.
Opinions should always be welcomed in a free society, yet some are better than others. Nader's opinions are direct, insightful and truthful. His record of vigilance says a lot for his character and this book is in keeping with his reliable past. His tone is frequently warning which can fatigue the reader to think that so much could be wrong with society. It might be easy at this point of fatigue to accuse Nader of over sensationalizing and perpetuating his own image or acting out of paranoid delusions. But it is the depth of the material which is fatiguing and not any perversion nor dementia on the part of Nader. A patient and properly paced read of "In Pursuit of Justice" is highly inspiring, motivating and hopeful if not prophetic. It says a lot about Ralph Naders capacity and base of knowledge, that his arguments can remain relevant and accurate while covering so many varied subjects.
I am gratful for having been introduced to this book. It is acceptable reading for all ages although younger ages will require some coaching and mentoring so as to direct their energies to the hopeful end of Nader's warnings. This book is gift worthy. A direct reading of Nader's writings will reveal that he is blunt, fair, inviting of critics, insightful, fearless and seldom misdirects his audience for his own gain. I find Mr. Nader to be one of the most socially alert and politically relevant individuals of our time. His advice to act rather than hope for those in power to rescue us is a prophetic warning which if heeded may have averted the 2008-20__ worldwide financial devastation.
That being said, this collection of Nader essays is a 500 page book, but it's been a joy reading it because of the organization of the book. Broken down into smaller chapters, the book is full of very short, but well-written essays or editorial pieces by Nader that are usually no longer than two pages. It's very easy to read a few at a time, and then come back to the book later. I actually find myself reading this book faster than I would other books of the same length. Each piece is so short I usually end up telling myself, "I'll just read a few more." In the end, it makes the book easier to read.
As far as content goes, the book is great. I think if you're a genuinelly progressive person, you'll still like Nader even though the Democrats have tried to scapegoat him rather than admit their own problems as a party. This country needs people like Nader to remind us that we don't have to settle for what we have, that things can and should be better. This book sends that message loud and clear.
Meanwhile, Ralph Nader continues on without a break and will now focus on the ridiculous ballot access laws in this country, as well as the subjects touched on in this book. What he "has done for us lately" is to start one new organization after another from 2000 to 2004, advocate on behalf of the District of Columbia's pathetic public library system - left to rot by the D.C. Democratic Party, which has done nothing for anybody in decades - and highlight solutions to other issues that are working right now in localities around the country. Read what he has to say in this book and climb on board. Roll up your sleeves and put up or shut up, Democrats.