The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future

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Consumer advocate, activist, humanitarian, and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader is arguably the most provocative and important progressive voice in America today—a fearless reformer whom The Atlantic named one of the 100 most influential figures in American history. In these troubling times of intractable fiscal and social distress, Nader offers a new program to help rescue America: The Seventeen Solutions. His powerful, paradigm-shifting proposals address some of the most pressing concerns in our country today—from corporate crime to tax reform to health care and housing—and they should find a receptive audience not only among liberals, progressives, disillusioned Democrats, Rachel Maddow fans, and Occupy Wall Street supporters, but all concerned Americans.

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It will be very good for the country if Nader’s revelations shock a new generation. This book is a subversive primer that should be read in every high school civics class. (William Greider, The Nation)

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More than ever, America needs fresh ideas—and bold solutions. Now, Ralph Nader—perhaps our last great civic idealist—offers seventeen ideas to rescue our country from corruption, complacency, and corporate domination.

America is in crisis. After enduring two decade-long wars and a devastating financial meltdown, We the People have been abandoned by the leaders we elected to serve our interests. Now, in response to our desperate times, pioneering reformer Ralph Nader offers a new program of seventeen ambitious but common-sense solutions to our chronic economic and social problems. Among them:

  • Reforming the tax system
  • Making our communities more self-reliant
  • Reclaiming science and technology for the people
  • Protecting the family
  • Getting corporations off welfare
  • Creating national charters for corporations
  • Reducing our bloated military budget
  • Organizing congressional watchdog groups
  • Enlisting the enlightened super-rich
  • Nader offers a stark assessment of our shared straits, but his solutions constitute an eye-opening plan to save America—before it's too late.

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    Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New.. 201 x 132 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. In 2007, Ralph Nader published The Seventeen Traditions , a small-format, thoughtful survey of seventeen lessons in ethics and values he took away from his small-town Connecticut childhood. Now, five years later - in a much more desperate time - he returns to this bite-size, accessible format to offer seventeen ambitious but common-sense solutions to the nation s seemingly intractable economic and social problems. In The Seventeen Solutions , Nader surveys the stark, concrete contrasts between the kind of society and economy America can and should have, and the way most people now have to live - and live without. In a hard-hitting introduction and seventeen tightly focused chapters, he chastises corporate America (of which the government is now essentially a subset) for the dispossession of the American people. His solutions include: Cracking Down on Corporate Crime; Getting Corporations Off Welfare; Requiring National Charters for Corporations; Fundamental Tax Reform; Reducing the Massive Military Budget; Innovative New Programs to Create Job Growth; Returning Control of the Public Forum to the People; Returning Control of Science and Academia to the People; Overthrowing the Hydrocarbon Empire; Ending the Commercialization of Childhood; Replacing Spectator Sports with Participatory Sports; Fostering Community Control of Health, Housing, Credit, and more; Rebooting Civic Education; Reforming the Criminal and Judicial Systems; Facilitating Large-Scale Recruitment into Civic Reform Groups; Promoting Organized Watchdog Groups Nationwide; Starting The Engine-Recruiting Wealthy; and Progressive Citizens to Make a Difference. In an age when the Occupy movement is raising consciousness about the inherent potential for excess and cruelty within the American economic system - yet still struggling to provide solutions - Ralph Nader s radical yet practical Seventeen Solutions offer fodder for debate, and important ideas designed to save the country before it s too late. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780062083531

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    Book Description Harper. 1 Paperback(s), 2012. soft. Book Condition: New. Consumer advocate, activist, and former presidential candidate, Ralph Nader remains a fearless reformer and "one of the 100 most influential figures in American history," according to The Atlantic. He sees us now in a rudderless era, in which two decade-long wars and a devastating financial meltdown are merely symptoms of a deeper systemic breakdown. Here Nader presents 17 ideas to rescue our country from corruption, complacency, and corporate domination, from reforming the tax system, getting corporations off welfare, and reducing our bloated military budget, to making our communities more self-reliant, organizing congressional watchdog groups, and enlisting the financial help of the enlightened super-rich."Twelve years after his role in the 2000 presidential election and nearly 50 since Unsafe at Any Speed (1965) shocked the U.S. auto industry, Nader remains a font of ideas about all that ails the U.S. economy and the U.S. polity. No reader will be surprised that corporate America is the focus of many proposals, among them eliminating corporate welfare, cracking down on corporate crime, establishing national charters for the largest corporations, and cutting the military budget. Anyone who's followed Nader's career will also expect his advocacy for political changes, including restoring civil liberties, reinvesting in infrastructure, and forcing Congress to have Skin in the Game. But many of Nader's solutions require action by ordinary citizensóreengaging with civic life, building more self-reliant communities, taking back control over science and technology, and watchdogging Congress. Notably, Nader urges enlisting support from the enlightened super-rich to generate the modest but essential funding needed for campaigns to turn his other recommendations into reality. Timely, relevant ideas from a veteran of generations of battles for small-d democracy."óBooklist 357. Bookseller Inventory # 63517

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