Ralph Nader

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Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 11:00am
Recommended Holiday Reading for the Agitated Mind
1. The Invisible Soldiers by Ann Hagedorn (Simon & Schuster, 2014). Ann Hagedorn, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal tells the troubling story of the corporatization of America’s national security—a “bold, new industry of private military and security companies,” embedded deeply in...
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Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:15am
Senate Report Condemns Government Torture Abroad
The 528 page Senate Intelligence Committee report on C.I.A. torture may come as a shock to many, but would not have surprised the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY). In 1991 and again in 1995, fed up with his dealings with this agency, he introduced a bill for its abolition. Too much...
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Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 10:30am
Ten Reasons Why I Don’t Have a Credit Card
At a recent American Antitrust Institute (AAI) symposium in Washington, D.C., I asked the presenters about the ability of cash and checks to compete with the credit card industry and its strict controls on merchants. This obvious point becomes less obvious when one takes into account the expanding...
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Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 10:00am
Thanksgiving for Social Scientists—Wish It Were
I wish there could be a Thanksgiving for the applied bounty that could come from the hundreds of thousands of political scientists, economists, sociologists, psychologists, and anthropologists. I am referring especially to those social scientists who are full-time, tenured professors at...
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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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