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Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. He was born in Winsted, Connecticut on February 27, 1934. In 1955 Ralph Nader received an AB magna cum laude from Princeton University, and in 1958 he received a LLB with distinction from Harvard University. His career began as a lawyer in Hartford, Connecticut in 1959 and from 1961-63 he lectured on history and government at the University of Hartford. In 1965-66 he received the Nieman Fellows award and was named one of ten Outstanding Young Men of Year by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1967. Between 1967-68 he returned to Princeton as a lecturer, and he continues to speak at colleges and universities across the United States. In his career as consumer advocate he founded many organizations including the Center for Study of Responsive Law, the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, Clean Water Action Project, the Disability Rights Center, the Pension Rights Center, the Project for Corporate Responsibility and The Multinational Monitor(a monthly magazine).

Entries by Ralph Nader

Corporate 'Free Traitors'

(52) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 5:59 PM

The pro-big business President Barack Obama and his corporate allies are starting their campaign to manipulate and pressure Congress to ram through the "pull-down-on-America" Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade and foreign investment treaty between 12 nations (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States...

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Stop Corporate Welfare Kings and Tax Escapees From Strip-mining America

(20) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 3:13 PM

"Tax day" comes and goes each year, but unfortunately, the systemic issues that plague American taxpayers linger on without resolution well past the mid-April deadline.

The U.S. tax code has long been manipulated by corporate lobbyists and their corporate tax attorneys. (President Jimmy Carter once called the loophole-ridden tax laws...

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Letters to Presidents: Is Anyone There?

(24) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 4:03 PM

As a teenager, I was enthralled by the letters between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams into their last years, and Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes's correspondence with scholar Harold Laski. Many of the letters had a continuity of exchanged thoughts that added up to much more than the sum of their...

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Financial Literacy Month? Don't Be Fooled

(9) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 12:25 PM

April Fool's Day marks the start of Financial "Literacy" Month. Ironically, a group of researchers and experts say the month -- declared by Congress in 2004 to promote smart money management -- should be re-named Financial "Illiteracy" Month. Why? Because financial literacy as it is generally taught does not work....

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Start With Red Corporate Faces On the Golf Course

(21) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 6:41 PM

Should you ever find yourself in the unique situation of being out on a golf course alongside some big time CEOs of major corporations, here's a fun experiment to try. It's very simple -- just ask the CEOs for their opinion on welfare. Many CEOs -- who typically make thousands...

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An Expanding U.S. Postal Service Is Very Possible

(179) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 2:22 PM

The ongoing, preventable plight of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is an important issue for those of us who have observed its steady decline over the last several years due to unimaginative management, huge prepayment obligations imposed by Congress, and a deck stacked to favor corporate rivals such as FedEx...

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Netanyahu, the Other Israelis and Bobby Burns

(122) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 11:02 AM

Apart from inadvertently making the case for equal time by his Israeli pre-election opposition, the spectacle of Benjamin Netanyahu's wild diatribe at the joint session of Congress amidst the feral cheers of his congressional yahoos will be remembered as a textbook case of propaganda unhinged from reality.

Starting from his...

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New Sports Exposé: Changes Needed in All Directions

(5) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 4:45 PM

Make no mistake about it: Sports are important.

That's true if for no other reason than the fact that sports absorb billions of hours of people's time -- at all ages. Whatever you think about sports, they're clearly important for that reason alone.

Sports are also important because they have...

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United Airlines' CEO Jeff Smisek: Disloyal to Loyal Workers

(141) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 3:50 PM

The following letter was recently sent to Jeff Smisek, CEO of United Airlines. It describes a spreading practice where highly profitable airlines (with the notable exception of Southwest) put their loyal employees jobs up for auction to the lowest bidding outside vendors. This results in less experienced workers handling these...

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Large Foundations: Rethink Your Priorities

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 4:05 PM

The number of large foundations has been consistently increasing. Some of these foundations are bulging with billions of dollars in assets that could be contributed to nonprofit "good works." It is potentially the golden age of philanthropy, but unfortunately many areas of recognized need are too often ignored by foundation...

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Tort Law: The Muscle of Justice

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 1:51 PM

The common law of torts, which originated from English common law, has been elaborated in tens of thousands of judicial decisions with one basic message: If a person suffers a wrongful injury or harm, he or she can seek remedy in court with a trial by jury. Through tort law,...

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Credit Suisse: Big Crimes Become Big Business

(26) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 1:50 PM

In May 2014 financial firm Credit Suisse AG pled guilty to serious criminal charges. The giant bank aided and assisted approximately 22,000 wealthy U.S. taxpayers (whose names Credit Suisse AG escaped having to send to the Justice Department for law enforcement) for over a decade in filing false income tax...

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How Birth Year Legacies Can Better Our Country

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 5:37 PM

It is a new year and I'd like to propose a new American tradition: making Birth Year legacy gifts to lift our country's future. Many Americans born in the same year -- say from 1924 to 1944 -- could form a unique affinity group to conceive and fund endowed institutions...

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Toys from Abusive Chinese Factories Bring No Holiday Cheer

(7) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 12:18 PM

Here's a question to ponder this Holiday season -- what do toy brands like Barbie, Mickey Mouse and Thomas the Tank Engine have in common? What about the companies that produce these toys -- Mattel, Disney, Fisher Price and other major toy companies such as Crayola and Hasbro? Many parents...

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Unsafe and Unnecessary Oil Trains Threaten 25 Million Americans

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 10:59 AM

Back in 1991 the National Transportation Safety Board first identified oil trains as unsafe -- the tank cars, specifically ones called DOT-111s, were too thin and punctured too easily, making transport of flammable liquids like oil unreasonably dangerous. As bad as this might sound, at the very least there was...

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Cash Register Politics Destroys Democracy

(14) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 12:04 PM

"The mid-term elections are over. After spending hundreds of millions of business dollars, the Republicans now control the Senate and hold on to the House of Representatives. It is amazing that the Democrats did not do worse." If those sentences ring familiar, it's because I wrote them in 2002 in...

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Thanksgiving for Social Scientists

(10) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 11:19 AM

I wish there could be a Thanksgiving for the applied bounty that could come from the hundreds of thousands of political scientists, economists, sociologists, psychologists, and anthropologists.

I am referring especially to those social scientists who are full-time, tenured professors at universities, colleges and community colleges who...

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Obama, Not the Giant Telecoms, Is Right on Net Neutrality

(25) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 1:35 PM

In the aftermath of his party's defeat in the midterm elections, President Obama surprised many when he reaffirmed his overwhelming support for net neutrality, proposing that the Internet should be treated as a public utility. On the other side of the political spectrum, Senator Ted Cruz sparked a firestorm of...

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Advocacy Talk

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 1:33 PM

America has a media problem.

Much of commercial radio consists of music and advertisements for corporate products. Network and cable news are increasingly hyper-focused on political gaffes, irrelevant scandals, sensationalism and gossip. There are very few serious, compelling programs in the mainstream media that aim to educate and enlighten audiences...

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Be a Passionate Voter for Justice

(12) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 7:01 PM

Millions of Americans displayed passion and fevered interest in the recent exciting World Series championship. Now it's time to move on to a serious matter of national importance that often suffers from a lack of public enthusiasm. Millions of Americans, many of whom are avid sports fans, are suffering due...

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