Ralph Nader

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
An Open Letter to Boeing Executives: Passengers First, Ground the 737 MAX 8 Now!
I called Boeing’s office in Washington, D.C. about the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, with over 300 fatalities, to give them some advice. They were too busy to call back, so I’m conveying some measures they should take fast in this open letter. Dear Boeing Executives: You...
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100 corporations (e.g. ExxonMobil, Shell, and state entities) continue to be the source of 71% of total global carbon dioxide emissions. x (Photo: Minale Tattersfield/Flickr/cc) Views
Friday, March 08, 2019
Who Will Displace the Omniciders?
Citizens challenging the towering threat of climate crisis should never underestimate the consequences of our dependence on fossil fuel corporations. Real engagement with the worsening climate disruption means spending more of our leisure hours on civic action. The fate of future generations and...
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Charlie Rose on PBS had many more CEOs on his program than civic leaders. (Photo: 2016 JB Lacroixd) Views
Friday, February 15, 2019
The Realized Temptations of NPR and PBS
Recently an elderly gentleman asked me about my opinion on NPR and PBS, knowing of my vigorous support in the nineteen sixties for these alternatives to commercial radio and television stations. Here is my response: Congress created NPR and PBS to provide serious programming, without any...
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Thursday, February 07, 2019
Rand Paul: The Fairweather Libertarian
Two contemporary stories about Senator Rand Paul (R- KY) illustrate the disconnect between one’s ideology and personal experiences. Imagine a fierce opponent of regulation being saved in a crash by government-mandated seat belts and air bags and the ensuing cognitive dissonance. In the case of Rand...
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Congress must hold informative and investigative public hearings to inform the media and to alert and empower the people. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Demand Critical Congressional Hearings—Long Overdue, Avoided or Blocked
Earlier this month I wrote a column listing twelve major redirections or reforms that most people want for our country (see: “It’s Your Congress, People!” Make it work for you! ). All of which require action by Congress—the gate-keeper. Now Congress must hold informative and investigative public...
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John "Jack" Bogle Sr., founder of Vanguard Group Views
Sunday, January 27, 2019
John C. Bogle: Renaissance Money Manager for the People and More
The accolades were uniformly respectful for the honest, innovative, and unyielding defender of shareholder/investor rights – the late John C. Bogle – the founder of the now giant Vanguard Group of mutual funds. Writers took note of his pioneering low-cost, low-fee investing and mutual funds tied to...
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Barr was also George H.W. Bush’s Attorney General and has been a long-time defender of executive branch lawlessness. (Photo: AP) Views
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Bar Barr or Regret this Dictatorial Attorney General
Many Senate Democrats are throwing in the towel on the nomination of William Barr for Trump’s Attorney General (a prospect assured by Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, declaring his personal vote against Barr). Let’s ask why? One would think that Senate Democrats would be appalled at Barr’s...
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Five hundred citizens clearly signing a petition will get a Senator to attend; considerably fewer names a U.S. Representative.(Photo: Architect of the Capitol) Views
Thursday, January 03, 2019
It’s Your Congress, People! Make It Work for You!
Congress is the Constitutionally delegated repository of the sovereign authority of the people (the Constitution which starts with “We the People,” not “We the Congress!”). Most of the changes, reforms, and improvements desired by a majority of people have to go through Congress. Incentives for...
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In Canada, the health care system contributes to social solidarity and national pride.(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
25 Ways the Canadian Health Care System Is Better Than Obamacare
Dear America: Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare. No health insurance system is without problems but Canadian-style single-payer— full Medicare for all— is simple, affordable, comprehensive and universal. In the early 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson enrolled 20 million elderly Americans into...
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Incoming members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill on November 14. (Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) Views
Friday, December 14, 2018
Are the New Congressional Progressives Real? Use These Yardsticks to Find Out
In November, about 25 progressive Democrats were newly elected to the House of Representatives. How do the citizen groups know whether they are for real or for rhetoric? I suggest this civic yard stick to measure the determination and effectiveness of these members of the House both inside the...
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