Ralph Nader

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Saturday, December 30, 2000
Factory Farms Continue To Be A Blight On Landscape
A concentrated food industry and concentrated factory farms have combined to throw rural America into one of the worst crises it has ever faced. Federal and state regulators have failed to curtail the merger frenzy among livestock firms, or the surge in factory farms that are polluting water supplies and poisoning ecosystems.
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Sunday, December 10, 2000
A Tribute to David Brower, Champion of the Environment
David R. Brower was the greatest environmentalist and conservationist of the 20th century. He was also an indefatigable champion of every worthwhile effort to protect the environment over the last seven decades. David Brower, who was 88 years old, died of complications related to cancer on Nov. 5 at his home in Berkeley, Calif.
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Sunday, October 29, 2000
Why I'm Running
To the Editor: You discredit our democracy by editorializing on Oct. 26 that the limited ground covered by the Gore and Bush candidacies should define political competition in this election. Millions of voters, when they contrast actual records to rhetoric, find the two major-party candidates similar on excessive corporate power over our government.
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Monday, October 02, 2000
Insurance Lobby Assault: Consumer Groups Work To Fight Industry Deregulation
The insurance lobby, one of the most powerful special interest forces in the United States, has launched an all-out campaign to emasculate the nation's already weak insurance regulatory framework. If the insurance lobby gets its way, it will be much easier for insurers to raise your rates, cut your coverage, and use deceptive sales methods. The industry's campaign for deregulation follows the passage of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), which allows insurers, banks, and securities firms to merge into the money trusts of the past.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2000
Pension Takeaway: Stop Corporate Schemes To Undermine Pension Benefits
At a time when CEOs are paying themselves exorbitant salaries, stock options, and benefit packages, corporations are slashing the pension benefits of workers who have helped build their companies.
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Monday, September 18, 2000
Corporations And The UN: Nike And Others "Bluewash" Their Images
The last few years have witnessed the increasing blurring of corporate and governmental roles in the international sphere – none more worrisome, perhaps, than the United Nations cozying up to big business. With a surge in private-public partnerships among various U.N. agencies, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is leading the international organization into ever more intrusive and entangling ties between the U.N. and multinational corporations.
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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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