Ralph Nader Defends His Super-Rich Utopia

Pete Redington

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader speaks during a House committee hearing on Capitol Hill in May 2009.

BOSTON — After hearing Ralph Nader discuss his new book, Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us, at a public event here Friday night, a man expressed the concern many Nader supporters felt upon reading the book’s title. 

Only the rich? A book about billionaires giving their time and money to charity? From America’s first citizen”? Has Ralph Nader lost his faith in grassroots organizing and activism?

Not at all, the perennial third-party presidential candidate replied. Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us is a utopian fantasy, not an ideological surrender. Its characters are real-life people (usually billionaires) powerful enough to enact large-scale social change. 

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Pete Redington lives in western Massachusetts, where he writes about sports, the outdoors and economic justice. Read more about him at afflu​en​tangst​.word​press​.com.
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