Ralph Nader

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Tuesday, July 11, 2000
Wage Slaves
Imagine the following: The New York Times announced today that it was replacing its columnists, Thomas Friedman and Paul Krugman, with the two leading bilingual writers from the Beijing Daily. A Times spokesman explained that the move was necessary to meet the global competition.
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Monday, July 03, 2000
Progressive Inheritance: Never Doubt The Importance Of Language In Politics
In labeling as "death taxes" what should properly be understood as an Equality and Fairness Fee or an Anti-Dynasty Tax, corporate-funded think tanks and their congressional allies have launched a retrograde initiative to repeal the federal inheritance tax.
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Monday, June 19, 2000
The Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles Is Corporate Welfare At It's Worst
More than a billion dollars in taxpayer money has been spent to support the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles. It is time for the Clinton Administration and Congress to end one of the most unnecessary corporate giveaways in recent times. The name is soothing – The Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles – but the program is aggravating.
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Monday, June 05, 2000
The Current Trend Of Excessive Consumption Is Creating A Consumer Culture That Values Quantity Above Quality
Thorstein Veblen – the turn-of-the-(19th)-century social scientist who coined the term conspicuous consumption – would blush if he were here to witness today's consumption patterns. Luxury and excess have been taken to new flights of fancy and have become the object of desire for an even greater portion of the population.
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Monday, May 01, 2000
Coke's Alleged Racism: African American Employees Rally, Call For Boycott
IN A RECENT annual report, Coca-Cola assured its shareholders that it had plenty of room for growth. The company only sold 1 billion of the world's 48 billion beverage servings, the annual report noted. "A billion a day is just the beginning," the company proclaimed, "because people still say, 'for all the tea in China.' "
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Tuesday, April 18, 2000
Greenspan Shrugged: The Reserve Chair's Philosophy Differs Little From His Ayn Rand Days
Last year Congress made Federal Reserve Board chair Alan Greenspan a virtual regulatory czar over financial services corporations. Considering the waves of adulation that have been sweeping over Greenspan, the anointment was not a surprise.
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Monday, April 03, 2000
Farm Aid: The DEA Should Get Out Of Regulating Hemp Agriculture
INDUSTRIAL HEMP IS one of the longest and strongest natural fibers in the plant kingdom. It is also one of the most versatile plants, with approximately 25,000 uses – ranging from paper to textiles to cosmetics.
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Monday, March 27, 2000
Stadium Subsidies Scalp The Public
Ever since the Boston Tea Party, public debate over whether to pay taxes and how to spend those dollars has been a vibrant part of our democratic process in Massachusetts and across the nation. The debate over taxpayer subsidies for the stadium that is proposed to replace the venerable Fenway Park is shaping up to be an epic battle pitting the public interest and the public well-being against the well-financed powers that be.
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Monday, March 20, 2000
Art Attack: Gene Stilp Uses Props And A Wicked Sense Of Humor To Focus Media Attention On Public Policy Issues
Imagine a public interest artist using the town square as a canvas. Now comes Gene Stilp, a 49-year-old lawyer with a keen advocacy sense, a nose for news, and the creativity and skills to communicate a complicated public policy initiative with a prop that's guaranteed to generate media coverage and capture hearts and minds. Gene is more at home in the workshop than the courtroom. Stilp's gallery includes some unusual works:
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Monday, February 28, 2000
Still Paying More: Thirty Years After Landmark Book, The Poor Are Still Being Fleeced Because They're Poor
Some 30 years ago David Caplovitz wrote about a situation that the poor have known for years. He called his book The Poor Pay More. At the time, his documented evidence created quite a stir, and many articles were written in the press about these intensive consumer abuses against people least able to endure them or fight back. Some protective legislation was passed, and some good court decisions were written.
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