Ralph Nader has a new book out in which he proposes an interesting thesis: Since both the left and the right are appalled by the corruption, abuse of power, and freedom-crushing excesses of the crony corporatist oligarchic state, why not join forces to press for much needed political and economic reforms?
In Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, Nader lays out an agenda to bring together conservatives, libertarians, and liberals in the battle against corporate welfare, rampant surveillance, and the military-industrial complex.
It’s an intriguing notion, but it will never work. The key place where Nader gets it wrong is that he still sees the left through the idealistic lens of the 1960’s, and not in its modern incarnation which is very much statist and very much fascist. The typical leftist today doesn’t want to expand the horizons of individual liberty but to confine them; whether it’s getting people fired from their jobs for holding a politically incorrect opinion on gay marriage, telling football teams what to name themselves, or dictating the size of sodas the proletariat may enjoy. The left is the Establishment, and the left is wallowing in their political and cultural power.
They are not going to risk losing it over anything as mundane as freedom, liberty, and an accountable political class.
And then there is the other problem, an electorate so stupid and disengaged they re-elected a walking disaster as president because they thought his opponent was going to outlaw tampons.