Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate and the author of "The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future" (2012). His new book is, "Wrecking America: How Trump’s Lies and Lawbreaking Betray All(2020, co-authored with Mark Green).

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Sunday, July 09, 2006
Break Down Barriers to Minority Parties
In no other Western democracy do third-party or independent candidates confront more obstacles and exclusions from contributing to a competitive democratic process than in the United States. These include both legal obstacles and an abject lack of media coverage.
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Saturday, July 08, 2006
Save Our Oceans
Millions of Americans will enjoy the ocean beaches this coming weekend. Tens of millions live within a few miles of the Atlantic and the Pacific. Yet if they could, these oceans would be crying out for help. Just a few days ago, another foreboding peril was documented connecting global warming with the accelerating deterioration of coral reefs around the world - a critical sanctuary for marine life.
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Saturday, June 10, 2006
The Gospel According to the Dixie Chicks
Who would have thought when the Dixie Chicks were selling more than 10 million copies each of "Wide Open Spaces" (1998) and "Fly" (1999) that they would become the most controversial band in America? Even more improbable was the likelihood that three young women would have the strength of character and personality to stand their ground after the continuing uproar against them by scores of radio DJs and many of their fans.
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Monday, May 22, 2006
Coerced Confessions - A Corporate Abuse
In a recent column I wrote about police interrogation tactics that lead a surprising number of people to confess to crimes they didn't commit. It turns out that corporate America has followed suit. Many large corporations take a "loss prevention" approach that utilizes training manuals modeled after the leading police manuals -- using the very techniques that cause false confessions. Indeed, the group that produces the leading manual, John Reid and Associates, boasts about its infiltration into loss prevention.
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Monday, May 08, 2006
The Tragedy Of False Confessions
There are enough injustices in our society without innocent people being convicted of heinous crimes. Yet, it turns out that happens with far greater frequency than we ever imagined. DNA testing, a relatively new phenomenon, has already exonerated 175 people convicted of crimes.
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Thursday, April 27, 2006
It's Time to Reinstate the Office of Technology Assessment
Newt Gingrich has been called a "futurist," a "policy wonk," an advocate of adapting technology to human efficiencies, among other less flattering descriptions. So what did he do the year he took over the House of Representatives from the Democrats in 1995 - the so-called Gingrich Revolution? He terminated the technical-scientific brains of the Congress which was the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA).
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Saturday, March 25, 2006
A Call to All Good Americans
Attention please, good people! Adjust your routines and come to the aid of your country, and your children with your thoughtful patriotism. Don't just hope for impeachment, demand the resignation now of the mad hatters in the White House - George W. Bush and Richard Cheney.
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Sunday, January 15, 2006
Stuck Between Scalia and Thomas: Democrats Drop the Ball - Again
The right wing columnist for the Wall St. Journal, Daniel Henninger, in a mocking column on the Democrats' performance during the Samuel A. Alito Jr. nomination hearings called them "intellectually exhausted and politically befuddled." Overall, with some exceptional moments, his description was not that far off the mark, though he also could have applied this description to the Democrats letting through now Justices Scalia and Thomas in years past.
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Saturday, December 31, 2005
Why Our Military Despises Donald Rumsfeld
Civilian control over the military is a long established democratic tradition in our country. It was the military that was believed by our founding fathers to be susceptible to plunging our country into foreign adventure. Presently, however, the boondoggles, crimes and recklessness of draft-dodging George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and former Air Force pilot, Donald Rumsfeld, together with their draft-dodging neo-con associates, have turned this expectation upside down. The civilians are the war-mongers.
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Sunday, December 18, 2005
Senator William Proxmire
Will this country ever again see the likes of a Senator from Wisconsin--William Proxmire--who passed away this month at age 90? He came to the Senate, replacing Senator Joseph McCarthy, in 1957 and left in 1989. He was the legislators' legislator. No one worked harder, studied more, listened to more Congressional witnesses or cast more consecutive votes in the Senate without being absent.
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