Nader Goes Around the Bend: So far left, he's almost rightSubmitted by Allegory on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:47
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 conÂvergence. 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.