Ralph Nader

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Friday, September 13, 2019
Avalanche-Level Liar Trump Learned Art of Deception From the Pros: US Corporations
For avalanche-level lying, deceiving, and misleading, mega-mimic Donald Trump need look no further than the history of the corporate advertising industry and the firms that pay them. Dissembling is so deeply ingrained in commercial culture that the Federal Trade Commission and the courts don’t...
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He should request reassignment or resign for more significant journalistic challenges. He really doesn’t need the money anymore. (Photo: NBC) Views
Thursday, September 05, 2019
Chuck Todd, Labor Day, and Getting Serious
Labor Day has come and gone. To most people it’s a day off and a splash of sales. The symbolism and meaning that inspired this national holiday back in 1894 has long since dissipated. Labor Day parades are affairs of the past, with very few exceptions, and those that still exist are facing...
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Friday, August 30, 2019
From Trump Tower to Dictatorial Power
Donald Trump is “dumb as a rock” (to use his phrase) when it comes to the programs and the policies of the federal government agencies over which he is allegedly presiding. However, when it comes to defending and expanding his own political power, Trump is shameless and profoundly cunning. Trump...
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A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airliner lifts off for its first flight on January 29, 2016 in Renton, Washington. (Photo: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
It Is Time to Haul Boeing Executives Before Congress to Testify Under Oath
Two Boeing 737 MAX crashes, one in Indonesia last October and one in Ethiopia this past March, took a combined 346 lives. Steady scrutiny by the media reported internal company leaks and gave voice to sidelined ex-Boeing engineers and aerospace safety specialists. These experts have revealed that...
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Medical professionals, medical students, ACTUP New York and their supporters held a rousing protest rally outside Pfizer World Headquarters in New York one of the worlds largest drug companies. At the beginning of this year, the corporate giant announced price increases for 40 of its drugs. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Message to Congress: Big Pharma’s Trail of Greed, Power, and Cruelty Must Be Stopped
The Congress can overturn the abuses of Big Pharma and its “pay or die,” subsidized business model for its drugs. Big Pharma’s trail of greed, power, and cruelty gets worse every year. Its products and practices take hundreds of thousands of lives in the U.S. from over-prescriptions, lethal...
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This independence—except from the big banks—is by design, when the Fed was devised by President Woodrow Wilson over one hundred years ago. (Photo: Tim Evanson/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, August 02, 2019
Trump’s Effective Intimidation of the Powerful Federal Reserve
The Federal Reserve (the Fed)—the United States’ version of a Central Bank—is a strange duck. It is the U.S. government’s most powerful regulatory agency. It, after all, regulates money and interest rates. Yet, its budget comes entirely from the banking industry and relationships with the financial...
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Republicans must think “crooked Donald” is invincible. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Will Even One Disgusted Republican Mount a Serious Primary Challenge to Trump?
In 1956, then Senator John F. Kennedy authored a best-selling book titled Profiles in Courage , in which he told the stories of Senators in American history who, on principle, bucked the tides of power. Today, some Republican writer or conservative syndicated columnist – George Will or Max Boot –...
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"Strength Through Peace: How Demilitarization Led to Peace and Happiness in Costa Rica, and What the Rest of the World can Learn From a Tiny, Tropical Nation." (Photo: Sage Ross/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Highly Recommended Books for 2019 Summer Reading
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff ( PublicAffairs , 2019): You’re already experiencing the early stages of Big Corporations becoming Big Brother while Big Government becomes the Big Pussycat. Unfortunately, indentured...
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Thursday, June 27, 2019
Which 2020 Democrat Will Go After Trump's Destructive Embrace of Corporate Socialism?
Donald J. Trump’s 2020 election strategy is to connect his potential Democratic opponents with “socialism.” Trump plans to use this attack on the Democrats even if Senator Bernie Sanders, who proudly calls himself a “democratic socialist,” doesn’t become the presidential nominee (Sanders has been...
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Interns are spending the summer with Congress—the smallest yet most powerful branch of government in the Constitution—where some 1,500 corporations have undermined the peoples’ delegated power. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Congressional Interns and Congress Redirections—A Meeting
On a beautiful, breezy day last week, I spoke to a roomful of Congressional summer interns working in the House of Representatives. The subject was “Corporate Power, Congress and You.” (“You” referred to the interns as the citizenry). I noted that they were a special group because they were willing...
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