Steve and David turn the tables and interview Ralph about his latest book, the fable: “How the Rats Re-Formed the Congress,” a creative vision of a citizen revolution. Plus listener questions!
“How the Rats Re-formed the Congress” is a fable about rats that invade Congress and astonishingly trigger a peoples’ political revolt. It starts when a Congressional reporter breaks a strange and shocking story: “Rats have invaded the toilet bowls” of both the Speaker of the House and the Minority Leader. The mighty rat invasions spark a national news frenzy.
Activists seize on the burgeoning story to organize for a populist agenda. Millions of postcards are sent to Congress. Spontaneous rallies break out everywhere. The activists see the rats upending “business as usual” routines on Capitol Hill as a powerful symbol against the lobbyists and their corporate Congress.
“Take heart, folks. You’ve got a lot of historical experience where justice was put forward and installed in our country by very, very, small numbers of people. But, they represented millions of women who wanted to vote. They represented millions of slaves that wanted to be free. They represented millions of industrial workers and farmers that didn’t want to be subject to the vicious suppression of railroad fees and bank loan gouging that rendered them impoverished.”
Ralph Nader, author of “How the Rats Reformed the Congress”