Ralph Nader

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"They come by way of exploding campaign funding, lobbyists with gifts swarming over legislatures, speaking fees, revolving doors for corporatists taking key government positions to thwart law enforcement, and lucrative offers to lawmakers in anticipation of their retirement." (Photo: Max Herman/Survival Media Agency) Views
Friday, April 20, 2018
Bill Curry on the Move Against Public Corruption
Bill Curry is wondering why corruption is the center of debate or upheaval in every country but ours. He writes that , “Hardly a week goes by without a front-page report of a government toppled or convulsed by corruption scandals .” Why not our country? Reasons abound. One is that corruption has...
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 Our country is in a midst of a corporate crime wave against consumers, workers, investors, and small taxpayers. (Photo: via CECE) Views
Friday, April 06, 2018
Degrading Newspapers’ Business Sections
It’s alarming that there are far fewer media outlets for consumer protection news and features than there were thirty years ago. Recall the huge Phil Donahue Show, the regional radio show and TV news shows, the television networks and syndicated radio shows that would report and interview consumer...
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"Will Republicans, who refused to confirm Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 2005, assume some responsibility for opposing this sociopath?" (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Stopping War Pusher John Bolton, Trump’s Choice for National “Insecurity” Advisor
John Bolton’s career of pushing for bombing countries like Iran and North Korea, and his having played an active role in the Bush/Cheney regime’s criminal war of aggression that destroyed Iraq, makes him a clear and present danger to our country and world peace. He is about to become Donald Trump’s...
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"The campaigns that exist today are receiving too little on-the-ground assistance for such a widely-supported issue." (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, March 23, 2018
Ten Million Americans Could Bring H.R. 676 into Reality Land—Relief for Anxiety, Dread and Fear
Polls show that over 125 million adults in our country already favor full Medicare for all, with free choice of doctor and hospital without stifling networks. I say ‘already’ because, as of yet, there is no major national campaign underway showing that an ‘everybody in, nobody out’ system of health...
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President Jim DeMint of the Heritage Foundation speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Heritage’s Corporate Lobby Inside Trump’s Government is Not the People’s Heritage
The Heritage Foundation, with an annual budget nearing $90 million a year (including over $1 million for the salary of its president), calls itself conservative, but more often than not it practices the kind of corporatism dear to the impulses of President Trump. The Washington-based “think tank/...
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Experts for the People—Shut Out by the Mass Media
Ever wonder how the television, radio and newspaper people select whom they are going to interview or get quotes from when they are reporting the news or producing a feature? I do. What I’ve learned is that they go to guests that are connected with the established powers—such as think tanks in...
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"Over and over again, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CBS’s Sixty Minutes, corporate crime, violence and fraud do not result in punishment." (Photo: Joe Gratz/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, February 02, 2018
The Paradox of Equal Justice
Almost every day, entertainment, sports, media, political and even some business organizations are jettisoning their top officials and incumbents after reported accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assaults of their subordinates. They’re not waiting for prosecutors, courts or regulators to...
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"Obama still doesn’t want to publicly speak truth to Trump’s power abuses and fabrications." (Photo: Acclaim Image) Views
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Twitter Rock Star Obama’s Silence Must Delight Trump
Former President Barack Obama continues to mystify his supporters. He is watching his successor tear down what they see as his administration’s hard-earned initiatives to protect the people’s health, safety and economic well-being, while twisting Washington toward more coddled, tax-subsidized...
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"It would help if you are seen working on your empathy for the tens of millions of deprived and innocent people, including children, exposed to various forms of risk and exploitation in their daily lives here and abroad whom you are adversely affecting." (Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Working on Empathy and Other Concerns: An Open Letter to Donald Trump
Dear President Trump, Let us all wish and work for a peaceful and just New Year. The American people are spending a significant amount of time observing and thinking about your presidency and its robust tweeting operation as President. Three areas of interest and concern comprise this letter’s...
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 "Visa recently offered select merchants a $10,000 reward for depriving customers of their right to pay by the method of their choice.” (Photo: Flickr/401(K) 2012/cc) Views
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Corporate Coercion and the Drive to Eliminate Buying with Cash
“Sorry we’re not taking cash or checks,” said the clerk at the Fed Ex counter over a decade ago to an intern. “Only credit cards.” Since then, the relentless intensification of coercive commercialism has been moving toward a cashless economy, when all consumers are incarcerated within a prison of...
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