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Nader Goes Around the Bend: So far left, he's almost right

Is the anti-corporate crusader so left he's almost right? Review: Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, by Ralph Nader, Nation Books, 240 pages, $25.99

by Timothy P. Carney | Reason | July 2014

Ralph Nader, the legendary anti-corporate crusader, is the father of many regulations and even more nonprofit advocacy groups. How odd that this liberal hero has authored a book that lavishes praise on right-wing stalwart Pat Buchanan and approvingly cites Grover Norquist, George F. Will, and the Cato Institute.

In Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, Nader lays out an agenda to bring together conservatives, libertarians, and liberals in the battle against corporate welfare, rampant surveillance, and the military-industrial complex.

At its best, Unstoppable is a wonkish rallying cry for a much needed left-right convergence against the corrupt corporatist center. At its worst, the book is an object lesson in the deep-seated impediments to any such coalition.

The heart of Unstoppable is a 25-point agenda for left-right con­vergence. But Nader's sense of what is plausibly appealing to conservatives and libertarians can be a bit off-kilter. Auditing the Defense Department, curbing corporate welfare, reforming taxes, and breaking up "too big to fail" banks-all of these could certainly find cross-ideological agreement. Indexing the minimum wage to inflation is less likely to meet with a warm reception among non-Democrats.

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Coalition building, Ron Paul

Coalition building, Ron Paul is surely proud.

10-15 million more voters need to believe in non-interventionism (liberty) at home and abroad to change America. Minds changed on Syria. Minds changing on privacy. "Printing money" is part of the dialogue. Win minds through focus, strategy.

I was a registered Green

Yes Ralph is or was a commie but he was also a TON OF FUN and for the longest time if you wanted to do anything radical at all you were hanging out with hippies.

I consider myself to be part genetically hippy. It's just in the blood.

I'm HIGHLY GRATIFIED to have brought some hippy into this movement in direct action: as one of our few mass mobilization security and logistical experts, I'v trained literally hundreds of us in a very unique methodology that is exactly half basic cop training and half non-violent conflict resolution. We work WITH DHS, LEO, EMS AND FD. We worked with OWS who paradoxically had forgotten these very same lessons that I have taught us. How to de-escalate a situation. How to work with cops and not against them. We're very trainable people but I have to say, knowing we have the muslce when we need it is oh so reassuring.

And boy do we have the muscle. Authority, responsibility, capability, devotion, committment? Yeah we got that, where do you want it?

Having had these experiences with you guys who were young at that time but so many of you have risen to great roles in this movement is hands down probably gonna end up being the very best experience of my life.

I just woke up from the coolest dream and all you guys were in it and I'M STILL DREAMING.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most people who think sew actually rip.

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This is a DAMN good book, I

This is a DAMN good book, I own it. I don't agree with everything Ralph says, but he has some valid point and put a lot of thought into his book. The man's optimism is pretty high, much higher than mine for the future of the country. I like Ralph as a person too, if you read the history of when he was investigating GM in the 60's, they tried buying him off and sending prostitutes around his house to try to catch him, in a compromised situation and they always failed, I don't think the man can be bought. Definetly worth a buy if anyone has any extra FRN's around, and likes reading political science.

*Wisconsin Constitution* Article I, Section 25 "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security,defense,hunting,recreation or any other law-abiding purpose"

the minimum wage argument

in my opinion is obvious. there should be no minimum wage from a philosophical point of view.

That being said, it is almost last on my list of concerns of about a million things.

If it was stapled to inflation, while we ended the wars, ended the fed, and ended spying - then it's certainly something I can look past until revisiting the topic in 25 years.