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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

The IRS And The Self-Minimization Of Congressman Jason Chaffetz

(71) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 5:43 PM

Politicians who limit the effectiveness of government agencies for short-term political advantages cheat taxpayers and short-change the government. I first met Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), a brash young Republican, at a gathering of EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center), which challenges invasions of privacy by big business and government. Privacy was...

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Commercializing Elections To Destroy Our Democracy

(14) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 12:35 PM

Our political economy -- a wonderfully embracing phrase much used a century ago -- has three main components: The electoral/governmental powers, the marketplace and the civil society, which is composed of we the citizens.

It is well known that when "we the people" get lax about our consumer rights and...

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Listen to Your Body

(14) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 6:44 PM

For thousands of years humans have defended themselves from harm by others. But many have proceeded to regularly harm themselves. They have actively searched for substances to ingest, inhale, inject and apply which may give them some immediate relief but damage or destroy their lives over time.

Why do these...

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Cheating Donald

(52) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 6:29 PM

Donald Trump brags about "branding" his political opponents. He repeatedly has called Marco Rubio "Little Marco," Ted Cruz "Lyin' Ted," and Hillary Clinton, "Crooked Hillary." Repetition makes these epithets stick - a lesson Trump has drawn from the advertising world and his own fragile ego.

Astonishingly, his opponents have not...

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The Funny Business of Farm Credit

(3) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 5:57 PM

In May of 1998 we held a conference dedicated to two Government-sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In my statement to that assembly, I noted that both corporations had been enjoying good times, but cautioned that one of the unintended consequences of fat profits over a long...

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Breaking Through Power: Join Together to Mobilize Against Wars of Aggression

(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 10:37 AM

Did you know that in the nine months leading to the criminal war of aggression against Iraq in March 2003 by the Bush/Cheney administration, at least 300 retired, high-level establishment military, national security and diplomatic officials spoke out against the looming invasion? The list included retired Generals Anthony Zinni and...

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Copp's Plea for You and Me

(9) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 6:37 PM

The plain-spoken, public-spirited former Federal Communications Commissioner, Michael Copps, is indignant--and for good reason: The FCC is not enforcing the law requiring the "dark money" super PACs and other campaign cash conduits to reveal, on-the-air, the names of the real donors behind all political advertisements, which are now flooding the...

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The Need for Progressive Voices

(24) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 4:47 PM

In 1961, President Kennedy's Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Newton Minow described television as "a vast wasteland." Perhaps nothing demonstrates that better these days than the rise of Donald J. Trump as a presidential candidate; now the presumptive Republican nominee. Trump's boisterous carnival barker persona has dominated the...

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The Long-Distance Rebound of Bernie Sanders

(256) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 6:59 PM

Senator Bernie Sanders has come a long way without other people's advice. The progressive lone ranger is now leading in the polls nationally as the preferred candidate to defeat Donald Trump -- ahead of Hillary in that matchup.

Now, however, Bernie Sanders is facing the verdict of closed primaries in...

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Breaking Through Power: Historic Civil Mobilization Now

(8) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 6:50 PM

Ever wonder why presidential and Congressional election campaigns fail to meaningfully connect with civil society? Candidate rhetoric is designed to attract voters and campaign contributions. Candidates go out of their way to ingratiate themselves to their corporate paymasters, whose monetized minds want nothing to do with the civil society. Civil...

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For Republican Survival -- Kasich Is Ready

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 6:43 PM

To avoid a historic tumble in the November elections, what should the Republican Party do at its July 18-21 nominating convention, if "Doubtful Donald" Trump and "Terrible Ted" Cruz cancel each other out?

Their best chance is to nominate the remaining man in the race -- Ohio Governor, John Kasich...

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Big Union Leaders Betray Sanders and Workers

(530) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 4:39 PM

Around a conference table inside the large Washington headquarters of the AFL-CIO, a furious exchange occurred between labor union presidents. It was late February and up for decision by the Executive Council was whether the country's principal labor federation was going to make a primary season endorsement of Hillary Clinton...

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Don't Be a Financial Fool

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 1:27 PM

April is national financial literacy month and April Fools' Day is April 1st. On this occasion consumers should resolve to avoid being fooled and misled by banks, credit card companies and the financial industry. offers useful information to help you improve your financial skills and to become smarter consumers.

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Uncontrollable -- Pentagon and Corporate Contractors Too Big to Audit

(41) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 1:32 PM

The Reuters report put this colossal dereliction simply: "A law in effect since 1992 requires annual audits of all federal agencies--and the Pentagon alone has never complied."

All $585 billion and more, e.g., for the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, of your money--not just unaudited, but, in the sober judgment of...

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Who Owns American Skies - the People or the Skyjacking Airlines?

(8) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 4:55 PM

That's a question currently being asked by legislators in the halls of Congress. Without a muscular pushback from the public, the big airlines could claim the American airspace as their own to tax and regulate, without any significant compensation to the American taxpayer and no oversight from elected officials. Talk...

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What Will Many Bernie Sanders Voters Do After July?

(938) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 1:20 PM

The hard-bitten, corporatist Democrats are moving Hillary Clinton through the presidential primaries. They are using "Republican-speak" to beat down Bernie Sanders as favoring Big Government and more taxes and they may unwittingly be setting the stage for a serious split in the Democratic Party.

What is emerging is the reaction...

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The Conundrums of Justice Scalia

(90) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 4:12 PM

The passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin "Nino" Scalia evoked widespread commentary about how outspoken he was both on the Court and at law schools and other forums where he often lectured and sometimes tangled with audiences. Knowing of Justice Scalia's unusual expressiveness for a jurist, my colleague Robert Weissman...

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Hillary Clinton Sugarcoating Her Disastrous Record

(435) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 5:39 PM

Bernie Sanders is far too easy on Hillary Clinton in their debates. Clinton flaunts her record and experience in ways that Sanders could use to expose her serious vulnerabilities and disqualifications for becoming president. Sanders responds to Clinton's points, but without the precision that could demolish her arrogance.

For example,...

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What Did Hillary Clinton Say Behind Closed Doors?

(428) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 5:41 PM

Last month as Hillary Clinton was leaving a town meeting in Manchester, Lee Fang of the Intercept asked her if she would release the transcripts of her paid, and very private speeches to Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street powerhouse historically deep in Washington, D.C., influence-peddling. Mrs. Clinton just laughed.


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Hillary's Corporate Democrats Taking Down Bernie Sanders

(734) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 4:41 PM

Before announcing for President in the Democratic Primaries, Bernie Sanders told the people he would not run as an Independent and be like Nader -- invoking the politically-bigoted words "being a spoiler." Well, the spoiled corporate Democrats in Congress and their consultants are mounting a "stop Bernie campaign." They believe...

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