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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

An Open Letter to Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders

(227) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 5:51 PM

Dear Senator Sanders,

You've come a long way without my advice, but now that you are running for president, you may be interested in these suggestions:

  1. You've taken progressive positions on "decent paying job programs," such as investing in repairing our country's public works, raising the minimum wage, strengthening labor...
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Why the Future Doesn't Need Us -- Revisited

(66) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 1:05 PM

When the stunning article "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us" by Bill Joy, chief scientist for Sun Microsystems, made the cover of Wired Magazine in April 2000, it created quite a rumble in high-tech circles. Its argument was that "our most powerful 21st century technologies--robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech--are threatening...

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Enough! Stop More Giant Truck-Trailers on Your Highways

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 12:31 PM

Are you one of the millions of people in the United States who drive a car every day? How do you react to the trucking industry, whose lobbyists, with ample campaign cash, swarm over Congress, pressing for a rider to a transportation appropriations bill to be passed to overturn laws...

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Where Are the Presidential Candidates on the Minimum Wage?

(82) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 2:38 PM

As the 2016 campaign season gets underway, working families across the country will be very interested in where presidential candidates stand on raising the minimum wage.

Currently, the Federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour or roughly $15,000 annually, far below the $23,500 government's poverty threshold for...

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10 Reasons the TPP Is Not a 'Progressive' Trade Agreement

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 1:34 PM

"We have an opportunity to set the most progressive trade agreement in our nation's history," it states on, the website of the president's "Organizing for Action" campaign.

One must seriously question what President Obama and his corporate allies believe to be the definition of "progressive" when it comes...

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The Other One Percent

(21) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 5:55 PM

As a high school student, I came across an observation by Abraham Lincoln who said that, "With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed." Today "public sentiment" would be called "public opinion."

Over the years, I have been astonished at how less than one percent of the...

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Auto Safety: Past Is Prologue

(12) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 5:28 PM

It doesn't take a comprehensive examination of American culture to notice the all-too-commonplace glorification of war. Violent war movies and television shows routinely make big bucks for Hollywood. Video games called Call of Duty and Battlefield sell millions of copies each year. Even history books are filled with stories of...

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The Sea Party Rebellion

(3) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 12:50 PM

Gas is cheap. America is pumping more domestic oil than at any time in the last 30 years. But two newly released science reports have reached disturbing conclusions. One in the journal Science states human activities threaten mass-extinction of marine life in the ocean, the other in the journal Nature...

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Corporate 'Free Traitors'

(60) 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

(0) 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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