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Ralph Nader Lists 11 Books You Should Read

By davidswanson - Posted on 11 July 2012

Below is Nader's list of books you should read to jolt your mind into action. 

I'm going to skip number 8 because I wrote it, but I'd like to offer it to you at a discount.

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Jolting the mind for action

These are suggested summer readings from Ralph Nader to activate the citizen’s mind:

  1. Corporations Are Not People by Jeffrey D. Clements, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco, 2012. This book is for corporate accountability and the grossly uneven relationships between corporate personhood and real people. Clear, historically founded, compellingly invigorating and connected to a growing movement (see
  2. The Responsible Company: What We’ve Learned From Patagonia’s First 40 Years by Yvon Chouinard & Vincent Stanley, Patagonia Books, Ventura, California, 2012. You may be wearing the apparel of this outdoor clothing company, but you may not be aware of the remarkable pioneering practices and counter-intuitive wisdom of this successful company and its casual, underworking founder and outdoorsman, Yvon Chouinard.
  3. Government is Good by Douglas J. Amy, creator of, Dog Ear Publishing, Indianapolis, IN 2011. This professor of politics at Mount Holyoke College debunks the myths of corporatist-Republican propaganda, surfaces the realities of government’s services, explains the war on government and how to revitalize both democracy and government from its present distortions by self-seeking organized private power. Douglas Amy is the man Cong. Paul Ryan would never debate.
  4. Buying America Back by Alan Uke, Selectbooks, New York, 2012. Uke is a domestic manufacturer of Scuba diving and industrial lighting products and the architect of the federal Automobile Smog Index. The book’s dedication is “to the workers displaced, the factories closed, the small towns decimated and the opportunities denied to the people of America. It is also dedicated to all of us, the consumers, whose money has been harvested by those who work against us.” He has proposed to put a specific fight-back tool in our hands.
  5. We Can All Do Better by Bill Bradley, Vanguard Press, New York, 2012. The former U.S. Senator and basketball start delivers his wide-ranging thoughts on the book’s title. The book is short, clear and tells you where he stands. If presidential campaigns covered such subjects, the people would know where the candidates stand, instead of the blizzard of trivia, repetition and distortion to which they are exposed.
  6. Bad Brake: Ford Trucks Deadly When Parked, by Robert Zausner, Camino Books, Philadelphia, 2012. If you want to see the gripping persistent pursuit of the rights of people whose lives were devastated by a popular truck defective brake design by trial lawyers at their creative best, read this documented story. As Arthur Bryant, director of Public Justice, wrote: “The book shows how trial lawyers are our last line of defense against corporations maximizing profits over people’s safety and lives.”
  7. The Emergency State: America’s Pursuit of Absolute Security at All Costs by David C. Unger, Penguin Press, New York, 2012. The book’s title understates the depth of the author’s indictment of the national security state – built by both political parties – into a folly that has traded away “the country’s greatest strengths for a fleeting illusion of safety.” Unger does not leave his readers hanging. He provides them with ten proposals to reverse course.
  8. When the World Outlawed War by David Swanson, (self-published, 2011). The author of several books, political activist and civic leader, brings to contemporary memory the existence of the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928 that outlawed war. Still on the books and signed by 54 countries, including the United States, the Treaty was the result of the leadership of assertive citizens in many countries and their governmental officials, including our Secretary of State Frank Kellogg, following the horrors of that preventable World War I. Our forebears’ vision should stimulate their descendants today into a reawakening for muscular institutions of peace.
  9. My Seventy Years in the Labor Movement by Harry Kelber, Labor Educator Press, New York, 2006. Now at age 98 and writing articles every week on his blog, Harry Kelber has been championing working men and women for seventy-five years and holding slugglishy-led trade unions’ feet to the fire. With no one else stepping up, he is running for the presidency of the AFL-CIO on a detailed reform platform of greater activism. An inspirational, instructive auto-biography.
  10. Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated and Battling the Corporate Elite by Bruce E. Levine, Chelsea Green, 2011. Going beyond the how-to-become-active civic handbook, Levine, a clinical psychologist invites us to explore what he calls the “learned helplessness” that has “taken hold for a great many Americans…locked into an abuse syndrome in which revelations about their victimization by a corporate-government partnership produce increased anesthetization rather than constructive action.” The author, citing historian Lawrence Goodwy, then shows many ways toward “individual self-respect” and “collective self-confidence,” the “cultural building blocks of mass democratic politics.”
  11. Days of Destruction Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco, Nation Books, New York, 2012. This brilliant combination of prose and graphic comics reports from the field on four of the poorest, most abandoned areas of the U.S. The plight of the Americans barely existing there reflects the power of the corporate supremacists and their indentured governments to exploit and deny.

Want to disturb your routine and enliven your vision for human possibilities, read through the above works. It will take you a lot less time than the authors spent delivering their minds to yours.


Hey kidz!!!  What???  "The Wandering Who? - A Study Of Jewish Identity Politics" by Gilad Atzmon

didn't make the list?


No offense to Brother David Swanson . . . for  your  "When The World Outlawed War" does indeed "Jolt The Mind" . .



BUT . . . "The Wandering Who?" is a book that  completely changes the paradigm of how  WE THE PEOPLE

have been conditioned to emotionally respond . ..  NOT to "Think"  . . . concerning modern Jewish Identy Politics

and World Zionism ever since Director Billy Wilder and U.S. Military Psy-Op specialist C.D. Jackson made that

very  FIRST "THE Holocaust(TM) Industry" propaganda film in Buchenwald at the end of World War II . . .


. . . complete with the infamous "Shrunken Heads", the human pelvis ash-tray, "Human Skin" Lampshades, etc.


 "The Wandering Who? - A Study Of Jewish Identiy Politics" by Gilad Atzmon, Zero Books, UK, 2011. 

(clipped text from back cover)

Jewish identity is tied up with some of today's most difficult and contentious issues. 

The purpose of this book is to open up many of these issues for discussion.  It examines

Jewish identity politics and Jewish contemporary ideology using both popular culture

and scholarly texts.  Since Israel defines itself openly as the "Jewish State", we should

ask what the notions of Judaism, Jewishness, Jewish culture, and Jewish ideology stand for. 

Atzmon analyses secular Jewish political  and cultural discourse, both Zionist  and anti-Zionist. 

He looks at the Jewish political attitude towards history and time, the role of the Holocaust,

anti-gentile ideologies, Jewish pressure groups, Zionist lobbying and more.   The current state

of world affairs raises and urgent need for a change in our attitudes towards politics,

identity politics and history.


This book is a MUST read for everyone trying to make sense out of this "Post 9-11" World of WARS . . .

. . .and MORE WARS  . .


WARS that all seem to follow the "Greater Israel" agenda laid out by Israeli and hard core Zioniist

Oded Yinon in his 1982 paper, "A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s";


Dual Israeli National TRAITOR and hard core Zionist Richard Perle in his 1996 paper for Israel PM Benjamin

Netanyahu, "A Clean Break:  A New Strategy for Securing the Realm";


ZIonist Think-Tank The Project for the New American Century's (PNAC) 2000 paper, "Rebuilding America's

Defenses" which calledfor a "New Pearl Harbor" to launch;


And the infamous "7 Countries in 5 Years" War agenda from Zionists and dual Israeli Nationals Paul Wolfowitz

and Douglas Feith's "Office of Special Plans" at the Pentagon as reported by US General Wesley Clark in his 

02Mar07 interview on "Democracy NOW!"


Cui bono?  Who has benefitted?

Who has benefitted from "THE Holocaust(TM)" Industry, the false flag terrorist attacks of 9-11, and this decade of

llegal wars that have drained the blood and treasure of this Great Constitutional Republic and have reduced us

to some Neo-Stasi Bolshevik nightmare Zio-Police State?


No one but that Racist Apartheid Nuclear Rogue State of ISRAEL and their 5th Columns!!!


Our "Special Friends" . . . ;-)


"The cracks between the paving stones
Look like rivers of flowing veins.
Strange people who know me
Peeping from behind every window pane.
The girl I used to love
Lives in this yellow house.
Yesterday she passed me by,
She doesn't want to know me now.
Can you see the real me, can you?
Can you see the real me, can you?
Can you see the real me,
The real me
The real me . . .me . ..  me .. . me .. ."

- "The Real Me" from Quadrophenia by THE WHO




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