The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future

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  • Copyright: 2012-10-02
  • Publisher: Harpercollins

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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.

Author Biography

Ralph Nader has been cited by The Atlantic as one of the one hundred most influential figures in American history. He has launched three major presidential campaigns, founded more than one hundred civic organizations, and written bestsellers including The Seventeen Traditions, The Good Fight, and the landmark Unsafe at Any Speed.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Fundamental Tax Reformp. 1
Make Our Communities More Self-Reliantp. 17
Give Science and Technology Back to the Peoplep. 39
Protect the Family Unitp. 69
Get Corporations Off Welfarep. 99
Crack Down on Corporate Crimep. 121
Create National Charters for Large Corporationsp. 141
Restore Our Civil Libertiesp. 157
Use Government Procurement to Spur Innovationp. 181
Reinvest in Public Worksp. 201
Reduce Our Bloated Military Budgetp. 223
Reengage with Civic Lifep. 249
Invent New Tools for Reformp. 273
Organize Congressional Watchdog Groupsp. 281
Get Congress to Have Skin in the Gamep. 297
Enlist the Enlightened Super-Richp. 307
Get Back on the Field-Literallyp. 323
"Commencement"p. 337
Resourcesp. 341
Notesp. 349
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