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November 3, 2009From Can the Rich Really Save Us?, a piece on Ralph Nader's "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!" at In These Times: Only the rich? A book about billionaires giving their time and money to charity? From “America’s first citizen”? Has Ralph Nader lost his faith in grassroots organizing and activism? Not at all, the perennial third-party presidential candidate replied. Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us is a utopian fantasy, not an ideological surrender. Its characters are real-life people (usually billionaires) like Warren Buffett, Bill Cosby, George Soros, Yoko Ono and Ted Turner, who are powerful enough to enact large-scale social change. Nader imagines them acting on behalf of the American people, and wonders what would happen if society’s wealthiest were “not just interested in charity, but real change.” It is, in essence, Nader’s dream.
June 11, 2009Brian McLelland of In These Times on Entrapment and Other Writings: . . . Editors Brooke Horvath and Dan Simon, of Seven Stories Press, are like the racetrack “stoopers” Algren wrote about in the story “Stoopers and Shoeboard Gazers.” Just as stoopers walk around the track, looking for winning tickets thrown out by mistake, Horvath and Simon have combed through Algren’s old papers, hoping to find unpublished gems. What they find, instead, is a written record that Algren’s talent persisted long after his desire to use it burned out. For more from the article—and for some of our thoughts on it—take a look at the rest of this post.