Ralph Nader




We are at one of the most pivotal moments in our country’s political history: Americans are more disillusioned with their political leaders than ever before and large majorities of citizens tell pollsters that big corporations have too much political power. The ever-tightening influence of big business on the mainstream media, elections and our local, state, and federal governments, have caused many Americans to believe they have no political voice.

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Twenty-Five Proposed Redirections and Reforms Through Convergent Action

  1. Require that the Department of Defense (DOD) budget be audited annually, and disclose all government budgets. Secrecy destroys accountability.
  2. Establish rigorous procedures to evaluate the claims of businesses looking for a government handout which would end most corporate welfare and bailouts.
  3. Promote efficiency in government contracting and government spending.
  4. Adjust the minimum wage to inflation.
  5. Introduce specific forms of taxation reform as well as push to regain uncollected taxes.
  6. Break up the “Too Big to Fail” banks.
  7. Expand contributions to charity, using them to increase jobs and drawing on available “dead money.”
  8. Allow taxpayers the standing to sue, especially immunized governments and corporations.
  9. Further direct democracy—initiative, referendum, and recall, for starters.
  10. Push community self-reliance.
  11. Clear away the obstacles to a competitive electoral process.
  12. Defend and extend civil liberties.
  13. Enhance civic skills and experience for students.
  14. End unconstitutional wars and enforce Article 1, section 8, of the Declaration of War Act.
  15. Revise trade agreements to protect US sovereignty, and resume full congressional deliberations, ending fast track.
  16. Protect children from commercialism and its physical and mental exploitation and harm.
  17. Control more of the commons that we already own.
  18. End corporate personhood.
  19. Get tough on corporate crime, providing penalties and enforcement budgets.
  20. Ramp up investor power by strengthening investor-protection laws and by creating a penny brigade to pay for an investor watchdog agency.
  21. Oppose the patenting of life forms, including human genes.
  22. End the ineffective war on drugs.
  23. Push for environmentalism.
  24. Reform health care.
  25. Create convergent institutions

* List is excerpted from Chapter 4, Page 65 of UNSTOPPABLE.

More Books by Ralph Nader

Unsafe at Any Speed

Published November 30, 1965
Unsafe at Any Speed
Unsafe at Any Speed was published in 1965. It is Ralph’s first book. And it was the book that launched the modern consumer movement.

Breaking Through Power

Published August 16, 2016
Breaking Through Power
In Breaking Through Power, Nader draws from a lifetime waging—and often winning—David vs. Goliath battles against big corporations and the United States government.

Return to Sender

Published April 07, 2015
Return to Sender
Unanswered letters to the President, 2001 - 2015


Published April 29, 2014
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Told You So

Published May 28, 2013
Told You So
The column is the most natural literary form for a citizen’s advocate, and Ralph Nader may be its most robust and forceful practitioner.

The Seventeen Solutions

Published October 02, 2012
The Seventeen Solutions
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.

Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism

Published November 22, 2011
Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism
As Occupy Wall Street protests spread across the country and the world, Ralph Nader’s Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together To Win shows why Americans have steam coming out their ears.