Ralph Nader

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Monday, July 11, 2016 - 11:30am
Vanishing the People’s Wealth to Make the Bosses Richer
Imagine you are a shareholder in a big company and the top executives are sitting on huge amounts of cash and are not interested in putting it to work through productive capital investments, research and development, reducing company debt or paying employees a higher wage. What would you want done...
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Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 7:45am
How Unpatriotic Is Donald Trump?
Samuel Johnson famously considered patriotism “the last refuge of a scoundrel.” His biographer James Boswell, who passed along that judgment, clarified that Johnson “did not mean a real and generous love for our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have...
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Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 10:00am
The IRS and the Self-Minimization of Congressman Jason Chaffetz
Politicians who limit the effectiveness of government agencies for short-term political advantages cheat taxpayers and short-change the government. I first met Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), a brash young Republican, at a gathering of EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center), which...
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Monday, June 20, 2016 - 1:45pm
The Issues the Candidates Aren’t Talking About
With all the ink, time, and opining devoted to the 2016 presidential primaries and the run-up to the party conventions in July, one might wonder why so few proposals for major reforms and redirections for our country are on the political table. Thanks to Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, some issues...
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Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 11:15am
Commercializing Elections to Destroy Our Democracy
Our political economy – a wonderfully embracing phrase much used a century ago – has three main components: The electoral/governmental powers, the marketplace, and the civil society, which is composed of we the citizens. It is well known that when “we the people” get lax about our consumer rights...
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Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 11:30am
Cheating Donald
Donald Trump brags about “branding” his political opponents. He repeatedly has called Marco Rubio “Little Marco,” Ted Cruz “Lyin’ Ted,” and Hillary Clinton, “Crooked Hillary.” Repetition makes these epithets stick – a lesson Trump has drawn from the advertising world and his own fragile ego...
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Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 10:30am
The Funny Business of Farm Credit
In May of 1998 we held a conference dedicated to two Government-sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In my statement to that assembly, I noted that both corporations had been enjoying good times, but cautioned that one of the unintended consequences of fat profits over a long...
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Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 9:15am
Copp's Plea for You and Me
The plain-spoken, public-spirited former Federal Communications Commissioner, Michael Copps, is indignant—and for good reason: The FCC is not enforcing the law requiring the “dark money” super PACs and other campaign cash conduits to reveal, on-the-air, the names of the real donors behind all...
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Friday, May 6, 2016 - 3:30pm
The Need for Progressive Voices
In 1961, President Kennedy’s Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Newton Minow described television as “a vast wasteland.” Perhaps nothing demonstrates that better these days than the rise of Donald J. Trump as a presidential candidate; now the presumptive Republican nominee...
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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 10:45am
Breaking Through Power: Historic Civil Mobilization Now
Ever wonder why Presidential and Congressional election campaigns fail to meaningfully connect with civil society? Candidate rhetoric is designed to attract voters and campaign contributions. Candidates go out of their way to ingratiate themselves to their corporate paymasters, whose monetized...
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