Friday, May 16, 2014

Ralph Nader's New Book

"Left Jab, Right Cross" was the title this blogger gave to a post linking to the article that introduced him to the book whose goal it is "to break through the corporate imposed gridlock that prevents those on the left and right from realizing they actually agree on and can activate new directions for our country" — Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State (signed by Ralph Nader).

I am proud to own this book, especially as it is signed by the man who earned my vote in '08. (Here's how I became a Nadercon — )A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Absentee Ballot.) However, the book left me unconvinced, agreeing rather with the Young Fogey's assessment linking to my original post — Left-right alliances? Probably not. I became disillusioned with the Left, as a leftie, at a protest against the Gulf War in 1991, when instead of focusing on the issue at hand, the protesters decided the issue was somehow intrinsically linked to abortion, gay rights, and a number of other per causes.

Still, this book is worth reading, if only for Chapter Seven, titled "Who Owns America? A Light from the 1930s Illuminates Now," on the "decentralists" of that era, who "espoused a political economy for grassroots America that neither Wall Street nor the socialists nor the New Dealers would find acceptable," and which forms the core of what this blogger adheres to.

Writing for today, Patrick J. Buchanan, who gets mush ink in Mr. Nader's book, reviews it here — A Left-Right Convergence? Three areas of convergence (Mr. Nader has 22 more in his book):
    -Break up "Too Big to Fail" banks. Further direct democracy through use of the initiative, referendum and recall.

    --End unconstitutional wars by enforcing Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, which gives Congress alone the power to declare war.

    --Revise trade agreements to protect U.S. sovereignty. End "fast track," those congressional surrenders of constitutional authority to amend trade treaties negotiated by the executive.

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