Saturday, August 29, 2009

"Only the Super-rich Can Save Us!" by Ralph Nader

Nader does fiction...

"In the cozy den of the large but modest house in Omaha where he has lived since he started on his first billion, Warren Buffett watched the horrors of Hurricane Katrina unfold on television in early September 2005. . . . On the fourth day, he beheld in disbelief the paralysis of local, state, and federal authorities unable to commence basic operations of rescue and sustenance, not just in New Orleans, but in towns and villages all along the Gulf Coast. . . He knew exactly what he had to do. . ."

So begins the vivid fictional account by political activist and bestselling author Ralph Nader that answers the question, "What if?" What if a cadre of superrich individuals tried to become a driving force in America to organize and institutionalize the interests of the citizens of this troubled nation? What if some of America's most powerful individuals decided it was time to fix our government and return the power to the people? What if they focused their power on unionizing Wal-Mart? What if a national political party were formed with the sole purpose of advancing clean elections? What if these seventeen superrich individuals decided to galvanize a movement for alternative forms of energy that will effectively clean up the environment? What if together they took on corporate goliaths and Congress to provide the necessities of life and advance the solutions so long left on the shelf by an avaricious oligarchy? What could happen?

This extraordinary story, written by the author who knows the most about citizen action, returns us to the literature of American social movements—to Edward Bellamy, to Upton Sinclair, to John Steinbeck, to Stephen Crane—reminding us in the process that changing the body politic of America starts with imagination.


As inspirited a work of the political imagination as Tom Paine's Common Sense. Nader casts his best hopes for America in the form of a Utopian dream, imparts his idealism to a quorum of
-Lewis Lapham
Since the Progressive era, Ralph Nader has done more than anyone else to protect American consumers. With this utopian fantasy, he shows us how good he thinks things could be. -Warren Beatty
A high-spirited visionary romp melding the wisdom, humor and imagination of Ralph Nader. May it inspire action. -Patti Smith
In this eye-opening and mind-expanding work of "practical utopia," Ralph Nader conjures up a world in which our richest and most powerful citizens deploy their wealth, fame, and brains on behalf
-William C. Taylor, Founding Editor of Fast Company
Ralph Nader turning to the "super-rich" for salvation? The answer is a resounding "Yes," and Mr. Nader has produced a wonderful piece of fiction that I'd love to see become non-fiction! -Tom Peters
"With heart, passion, wit and humor, Ralph Nader's stunning masterpiece provides both a sharp critique and measured remedy for our current world, in which ethically bankrupt financial leaders
-Nomi Prins, author of "It Takes a Pillage"
Ralph Nader's "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us" is a breakthrough book that sparks the imagination and inspires us to think about the political economy our country deserves. Using
-Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director of the California Nurses' Association & the National Nurses Organizing Committee
Ralph Nader is an exemplary citizen and prophetic leader who tells the truth at great cost to himself on behalf of everyday people. This tale has a moral substance and political content that is quite relevant for our time! -Cornel West, Princeton University
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