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->''"This book is not a novel. Nor is it nonfiction. In the literary world, it might be described as 'a practical utopia.' I call it a fictional vision that could become a new reality. Some known and not-well-known people appear in fictional roles. I invite your imaginative engagement."''
-->--'''Author's note'''

''"Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!"'' is a 2009 {{utopia}}n novel by consumer advocate, author, and occasional presidential candidate RalphNader.

In 2005, billionaire Creator/WarrenBuffett watches the damage of Hurricane Katrina and, seeing the slow government response, decides to help out himself. After helping out, a woman shouts, "Only the super-rich can save us!" Buffett gets an idea. He will help fix the country, with the help of some other super-rich folks, the Meliorists:
* Creator/BillCosby, comedian and philanthropist
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Diller Barry Diller]], media mogul
* PhilDonahue, talk show host
* [[http://www.gatesfoundation.org/leadership/Pages/william-gates-sr.aspx William Gates, Sr.]], attorney and father of BillGates
* [[http://www.joejamail.com/ Joe Jamail]], attorney, known as the "King of Torts"
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Lewis_%28businessman%29 Peter Lewis]], Progressive Insurance executive
* PaulNewman, actor and philanthropist
* YokoOno, musician and activist
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Palevsky Max Palevsky]], businessman and philanthropist
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeno_Paulucci Jeno Paulucci]], founder of Chun King and Jeno's
* RossPerot, businessman and occasional presidential candidate
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol_Price Sol Price]], founder of PriceClub
* [[http://www.altig.com/OurCompany/bioBernard.php Bernard Rapoport]], businessman and philanthropist
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Riggio Leonard Riggio]], chairman of BarnesAndNoble
* [[http://www.soros.org/about/bios/a_soros George Soros]], investor and philanthropist
* [[http://www.tedturner.com/ Ted Turner]], media mogul

Other celebrities who appear are Creator/WarrenBeatty, Creator/WoodyHarrelson, and Governor Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger

Nader was inspired by Edward Bellamy's utopian novel ''Literature/LookingBackward''; the book could be considered a left-wing ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''.
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!!This book provides examples of:

* AlternateHistory: The novel takes place in an alternate 2006.
* ArcWords: "Stay tuned."
* AuthorAvatar: The Meliorists are basically Ralph Nader disguised as celebrities.
* AuthorTract
* CharacterFilibuster: Frequent.
* DoorStopper: ''733'' pages.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Bad guy Lancelot Lobo is instantly smitten with YokoOno upon seeing her speak at the Meliorsts' press conference.
* MeaningfulName: Lancelot Lobo; [[strike:Sean Hannity]] Pawn Vanity; Wal-Mart CEO Leighton Clott; Senator Thurston Thinkalot; charismatic businessman Luke Skyhi; election law expert Theresa Tieknots; Senators Prune, Sunup, Merchant, and Bitter; farmers Gil Groundwork and Hal Horsefeathers; Jasper Cumbersome III, CEO of The Leviathan Corporation.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: {{Averted}} with most of the main characters, but some secondary characters are barely disguised-talk show hosts [[strike:Sean Hannity]] Pawn Vanity and [[strike:RushLimbaugh]] [[RushLimbaugh Bush Bimbaugh]], ''Washington Post'' columnist [[strike:David Broder]] David Roader, conservative activist [[strike:Grover Norquist]] Brover Dorquist...
* OperationBlank
* PropagandaMachine
* PunnyName: Head of recruitment Seymour Depth; evil businessmen Hugh Mongous, Sy Clopean and Cole Ossal.
* RealPersonFic: But the complete opposite of slash-it'll only turn you on if you're a policy wonk.
* RuleOfThree: As observed [[http://bitterlybooks.blogspot.com/search/label/Only%20the%20Super-Rich%20Can%20Save%20Us here]], Nader uses groups of three throughout the book.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Averted-one of the plans, to "buy back" members of Congress by funding their campaigns if they refuse donations from special interests, is scrapped because it would violate federal election law.
-->''"The Meliorists learned the hard way that not every honest and lean political idea was legally permissible."''
* StrawmanPolitical: BigBusiness.
* TitleDrop: After WarrenBuffett has helped out during HurricaneKatrina, a woman cries out...
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Though in keeping with the letter of the trope, not the spirit-the Meliorists' Expansion of Dynamic Democracy Act states, "Corporations, partnerships, and legal associations of any kind shall not be deemed 'persons' for purposes of applying or interpreting the US Constitution. 'Person' is hereby defined by law as 'human being.'"
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Brilliant political consultant Bill Hillman creates fantastic ads for the Meliorists' campaign; in real life, Hillman worked on Nader's 2000 presidential campaign. Nader himself isn't a character in the book, but a young critic of the auto industry's unsafe products is mentioned, as well as "the astute restauranteur Nathra Nader" (Ralph's father).
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