On his website last Friday, paleoconservative writer Patrick J. Buchanan gave a positive review of consumer advocate Ralph Nader’s latest book: Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. The book identifies several areas where leftists can work with rightists to combat “Corporate Statism.”
The author Nader, best known for his 1965 book Unsafe at Any Speed, successfully lobbied Congress to pass safety and performance regulations aimed at protecting consumers in the 60’s and 70’s. He mounted third party and independent runs for president in 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008. In 2004, he received the endorsement of the Reform Party, which had nominated Buchanan four years earlier.
Prior to his 2000 Reform Party run, Buchanan was an adviser and speechwriter for President Nixon, served as White House Communications Director under President Reagan, and challenged for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 1992, 1996, and 2000, touting the “Culture War” theme. Like Nader, Buchanan opposes NAFTA, corporate bailouts, and excessive foreign entanglement.
In his review, Buchanan writes:
Undeniably, there has been a growing gap and a deepening alienation between traditional conservatives and those Ralph calls the “corporate conservatives.” And it is not only inside the conservative movement and the GOP that the rift is growing, but also Middle America.
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Both parties now feed at the same K Street and Wall Street troughs. Both have oligarchs contributing tens of millions to parties and politicians who do their bidding.
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A social, moral, and cultural divide that did not exist half a century ago makes it all the more difficult [to form a left-right alliance]. But if the issue is keeping America out of unnecessary wars and restoring American sovereignty, surely common ground is not impossible to find.
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