Ralph Nader

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 10:30am
Big Pharma—Crony Capitalism Out of Control
Two recent news items about the voracious drug industry should call for a supine Congress to arouse itself and initiate investigations about the pay-or-die drug prices that are far too common. The first item— a page one story in the New York Times —was about the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation,...
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 7:15am
Obama, Not the Giant Telecoms, Is Right on Net Neutrality
In the aftermath of his party's defeat in the midterm elections, President Obama surprised many when he reaffirmed his overwhelming support for net neutrality, proposing that the Internet should be treated as a public utility. On the other side of the political spectrum, Senator Ted Cruz sparked a...
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Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 11:00am
Tomas Young’s Last Letter to Bush, Cheney
The courageous journey of seriously wounded Iraq War veteran, Tomas Young, ended this past Monday, nearly eleven years after he was ambushed in a wholly exposed military truck. He passed away in Seattle while being lovingly cared for by his wife Claudia. Tomas did not go quietly, despite his being...
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Friday, November 7, 2014 - 2:15pm
Democrats Not Knowing What They Stand For—Lose
Did the Republicans win these mid-term elections? Or did the Democrats lose? The numbers show that in contested Senate races, where the Republicans picked up seven seats and will probably gain two more to take control of the Senate, voters did not support those Democrats who were the most wishy-...
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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 6:30am
Corporate Destruction of Free Markets Rules Us
The ruling dogma of our political economy is corporatism. Corporatism claims to draw legitimacy from the free market theory that all vendors who do not meet market demands will go under. Corporatism uses this illusion to exert power over all aspects of our political economy. Free markets,...
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Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 9:30am
Piercing the Technology Bubble
This weekend, October 25 and 26 , I will be joining leading critics, from the United States and abroad, of corporate-controlled technologies, who are also proponents of appropriate technologies for the people (Vandana Shiva, Anuradha Mittal, Helen Caldicott, Wes Jackson, Bill McKibben), convening...
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Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 8:15am
We Honor What We Value
The 25th anniversary of the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, presented annually by my sister, Dr. Claire Nader, is an occasion for thinking about our culture’s choices for heroic achievements. In most societies, the heroic designation is given to people who rescue others in serious peril...
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Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 10:30am
The Incarceration of the American Consumer
How do corporate attorneys sleep at night considering that with the power of their large corporate clients, they often crush the freedoms of workers, consumers and small communities who are trying to break out of a complex web of shackles? These highly paid power lawyers expertly weave an intricate...
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Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 9:30am
Letter to John Boehner on Congressional Work
Dear Speaker Boehner, While millions of hardworking Americans are working more and more for less and less, you and your House of Representatives seem to have no problem working less and less for more and more. If a mother of one in Butler County, Ohio—your home county—working at the Ohio minimum...
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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 7:00am
Afghan Voters Choose a Better Future
If there is one person in the world most suited to govern the turbulent land of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani would be, by knowledge, temperament and sense of democratic justice, that person. Lo and behold, he was just elected president of Afghanistan! Ashraf Ghani is a former professor of anthropology...
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