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The Miami Herald

Q & A Ralph Nader: Describing his vision for America — and why he uses fiction to explain it Ralph Nader, 75, has been an outsized figure in American political and civic life for more than four decades. Consumer advocate, lawyer, citizen activist and former presidential candidate — perhaps most notably in 2000, when as […]

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Open Source

Ralph Nader’s Flight of Fantasy An Interview With Chris Lydon Posted November 2, 2009 Ralph Nader has charted a utopian fictional flight out of the dystopia he sees all around him on the ground. In conversation I’m trying to figure whether Ralph has written a happy ending to his career, or a scream of despair. […]

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WASHINGTON POST

Novel comparison: Ayn Rand and Ralph Nader
October 23, 2009
By Justin Moyer

Ralph Nader — capital-L Liberal, safety-fetishist, and presidential-election spoiler — might not want to share a bookshelf with Ayn Rand — small-l liberal, objectivist, and all-around mean girl. Yet, both authors felt it necessary to produce lengthy works of fiction to present their fuming ideologies: Rand’s published the 1088-page “Atlas Shrugged” in 1957, and Nader put out the 733-page “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!” this past month.

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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

October 19, 2009

Nader Adds Novelist to Résumé
His utopian fantasy is flying at author events

By Claire Kirch

Ralph Nader has racked up a long list of achievements as a consumer activist for the past 40-plus years: thanks to his dogged advocacy for citizens against both politicians and corporations, Americans now drive safer cars, eat healthier foods, drink cleaner water, work in safer workplaces and breathe less-polluted air.

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THE NATION MAGAZINE

September 23, 2009
(This article will appear in the October 12, 2009 edition of The Nation.)
Nader’s Road to Utopia
By Richard Lingeman

Not content to foment a consumer revolution, to start up policy-action groups like Public Citizen, to write and publish a string of investigative reports and, oh yes, to run for president, Ralph Nader has written a novel–his first. The title is Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!

If you’re thinking the peerless organizer of popular movements has sold out to the big bucks people, well, the book is fiction, see. It’s the story of social upheaval catalyzed by a team of progressive-minded billionaires. As Nader tersely explained to me: “Reform can only happen top down-bottom up. Not bottom up alone. You’ve got to have the big boys to take on the big boys.” You need money to make change.

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TIME MAGAZINE

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Ralph Nader, Fiction Writer
By Tim Morrison

Ralph Nader has been many things: lawyer, consumer-rights bulldog, political activist, and perennial third-party Presidential candidate. He’s now added a new title to his business card: fiction writer. His latest book, Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us! is a 700-page populist fantasy in which a small group of billionaires and media moguls — led by Warren Buffett and including Ted Turner, George Soros, Bill Cosby, Yoko Ono and Phil Donahue — pool their massive resources to reform America. With the help of a $15 billion war chest and a P.R. campaign starring a talking parrot, the group successfully unionizes Walmart, ends corporate influence on Congress, makes Warren Beatty the Governor of California and legalizes industrial hemp. TIME talked to Nader about the origins of his book, its celebrity characters and America’s real-life political battles.

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THE WASHINGTON POST

September 21, 2009
Ralph Nader, Following His Muse

The Reliable Source
By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts

Yes, Nader is now a novelist, and his quirky fiction debut — a 733-page “utopian fantasy” starring Warren Buffett and Yoko Ono — is as earnest as his legendary consumer activism and as unpredictable as his presidential runs. “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us” opens with an imaginary meeting of multimillionaires at a Maui resort where Buffett exhorts the likes of Ted Turner, George Soros, Bill Cosby, Barry Diller and Ono to use their collective influence and wisdom to transform the country.

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THE NEW YORKER

September 28, 2009
Nader’s Blueprint
by Raffi Khatchadourian

Nader does not feel comfortable referring to the book as a novel, even though everything in it is made up. He says that the work belongs to a new genre, one that he calls “a practical utopia,” and defines as “a fictional vision that could become a new reality.” The book, called “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!,” is seven hundred and thirty-six pages long, and it contains dozens of characters, many of them real people—Warren Buffett, Barry Diller, and Ted Turner, among others—who act out Nader’s political fantasies. By the last page, most of the reforms that Nader has been arguing for all these years end up being enacted. Corporations are neutered. Third parties win. America is reborn.

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DEMOCRACY NOW AMY GOODMAN

September 21, 2009
Ralph Nader on the G-20, Healthcare Reform, Mideast Talks and His First Work of Fiction, “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!”
Amy Goodman Interview with Ralph Nader

AMY GOODMAN: Your book, “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!”, it’s just out. Kind of fiction, not really nonfiction, you call it a practical utopia. Where did you get the title?

RALPH NADER: The title came from—Warren Buffett was watching post-Katrina in his living room in Omaha, and he saw these streams of poor people fleeing the floods and the winds, and no food, no water, no shelter, on the highways north of New Orleans. And no one was helping them. And so, he couldn’t take it anymore, and he got a whole convoy of supplies, and he took them down to the New Orleans area. He went down himself and distributed all the food and the tents and the medicine to these desperate families and came across an African American family, who was helping, and the grandmother grabbed his hands, looked up at him and said, “Only the super-rich can save us.”

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Associated Press

Friday, September 18, 2009 (AP)
Novel approach: Ralph Nader turns to fiction
By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

“Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!” is more than 700 pages, worthy of a
billionaire’s portfolio, and its heroes are a gang of 70-something
plutocrats, from Warren Buffett and Ted Turner to Bill Cosby and Yoko Ono,
who conspire to set off a progressive revolution.

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