Seventeen Solutions Bold Ideas for Our American Future

ISBN-10: 0062083538
ISBN-13: 9780062083531
Edition: 2012
Authors: Ralph Nader
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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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 Progressive Citizens to Make a DifferenceIn 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.

Ralph Nader, February 27, 1934 - For the past forty-five years, Ralph Nader has challenged corporations, government agencies, and institutions to be more accountable to the public. In 1965, "Unsafe at Any Speed" changed the face of the automobile industry and made Ralph Nader a household name. As a result of his efforts, cars have more safety features. His lobbying and writing on the food industry insured that the food we buy is required to pass strict guidelines before reaching the consumer. One of his greatest achievements was the 1974 amendment to the Freedom of Information Act that gave increased public access to government documents. This brought freedom of press to a new level, resulting in increased access for journalists. Nader has co-founded numerous public interest groups including Public Citizen, Critical Mass, Commercial Alert, and the Center for Study of Responsive Law. In 2000 Nader is mounting his second bid for president of the United States as a candidate for the Green Party, and today continues to be a relentless force for grassroots activism and democratic change in the United States.

Introduction
Fundamental Tax Reform
Make Our Communities More Self-Reliant
Give Science and Technology Back to the People
Protect the Family Unit
Get Corporations Off Welfare
Crack Down on Corporate Crime
Create National Charters for Large Corporations
Restore Our Civil Liberties
Use Government Procurement to Spur Innovation
Reinvest in Public Works
Reduce Our Bloated Military Budget
Reengage with Civic Life
Invent New Tools for Reform
Organize Congressional Watchdog Groups
Get Congress to Have Skin in the Game
Enlist the Enlightened Super-Rich
Get Back on the Field-Literally
"Commencement"
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