Ralph Nader Writes Novel About Rich Saving The World
Ralph Nader, consumer activist, politician and presidential candidate, has written his first work of fiction. The book, Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us, consists of 736 pages and goes on sale today
Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us tells the story of rich celebrities in their seventies, trying to start a progressive revolution. Among the protagonists are Ted Turner, Yoko Ono, Phil Donahue and Warren Buffett, conspiring and working together to reach a "practical utopia". Nader is uncomfortable assinging the book the label "novel", but rather calls it a "fictional vision that could become a new reality".
The book includes detailed policy proposals, and suggests the super-rich are perfectly capable of changing the state of the world.
Since the days of Karl Marx, revolutionaries have debated how much, if any, help from the top was needed to overthrow the ruling class. Nader thinks that the aging rich make for ideal instigators -- wise and wealthy, beyond accusations of personal ambition, people of the highest achievement, yet also frustrated.
This extraordinary story, written by the author who knows the most about citizen action, returns us to the literature of American social movements—to Edward Bellamy, to Upton Sinclair, to John Steinbeck, to Stephen Crane—reminding us in the process that changing the body politic of America starts with imagination.