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Book Review: Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State

Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State
By Ralph Nader

During our last great energy crisis, which President Carter combated in part by installing solar panels on the White House roof, a wood stove in the living quarters and proposing that goats crop the White House lawns, I had a ringside seat at a debate, televised live on the old Phil Donahue show in Chicago, between my boss of those years, John Swearingen, and Ralph Nader.

Swearingen, chairman of Standard Oil Co. of Indiana (later Amoco, then BP Amoco, finally BP), was one of the last of the great old-school oil company executives Continue reading


Quote of the day: A reader weighs in on the historic Eric Cantor upset

From my most faithful reader, John R. Coyne Jr., who also happens to be my father, responding to the piece I posted on the historic win of Dave Brat in Virginia. I’m going to brag here: My father is a former White House speechwriter and currently contributes to a whole host of esteemed right-wing publications, which I read mostly because he writes brilliantly for them.

Also interesting that the major media, all of which are heavily represented in D.C. and have been devoting exhaustive coverage across the country to this year’s elections, didn’t have a clue about what was going on just across the border in Virginia, their own back yard, apparently content to rely on a few bad polls. Now they’re trying to spin it as a Tea Party triumph, but none of the organized Tea Party groups were backing Brat, instead, like the media, concentrating on Mississippi, where an amiable old goat was apparently finally being put out to pasture.