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IMAGINE ALL THE (RICH) PEOPLE...

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower and Phillip Frazer - Sun., 2/7/10
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Okay, maybe you're one who still stews about Ralph Nader's presidential campaigns--but give the guy credit for his lifetime of confronting corporate arrogance, his inventive thinking about reforms (seatbelts, etc.), and his tireless advocacy for economic and social justice.

Nader's great strength is that he has always been a big thinker, willing to propose solutions that at first blush seem to be impossible. He's at it again--this time with a novel bearing the un-Naderesque title "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!"

Using such real-life characters as Warren Buffett, Bill Cosby, George Soros, and Yoko Ono, Nader imagines a meeting in Maui at which seventeen of these older, unconventional, super-rich philanthropists agree that their individual charitable donations to various "good-guy" causes are not making any widespread difference to how things work. So they decide to pool their mega-billions into a unified agenda for structural economic and political change that can transform America into a truly egalitarian society.

Nader's novel is the tale of the titanic power struggle that ensues, including dramatic moments of intrigue and even romping humor!

Nader sees his novel as "a fictional vision" that might come true. For example, what if such a group put $50 or $100 billion behind the single-payer "Medicare-for-all" health-care idea?

Nader is already having conversations with a few of his super-rich "characters" who are at least intrigued by his audacious vision. To connect with the real-life effort behind the novel, go to www.onlythesuperrich.org. Imagine if life were to imitate fiction.



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