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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

Credit Suisse: Big Crimes Become Big Business

(26) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 2:50 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 | 6:37 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 | 1:18 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

(40) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 11:59 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 | 1:04 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 | 12:19 PM

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 | 2:35 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 | 2:33 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 | 8:01 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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Jerry Brown, Stop Punishing Victims of Medical Malpractice

(35) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 2:59 PM

On November 4, Californians will vote on Proposition 46's provision to adjust for inflation the unconscionable cap on pain and suffering, known as the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), which Governor Jerry Brown signed into law in 1975.

At least 10,000 Californians perish every year, along...

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Attention Next Attorney General: More Justice Wanted

(17) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 1:45 PM

Secret laws, secret courts, secret evidence, secret dragnet snooping, too big to fail, too big to jail... the Department of Justice (DOJ) has not been fully living up to its name.

As Attorney General Eric Holder prepares to step down, it is time to look forward and ask what...

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Afghan Voters Choose a Better Future

(5) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 2:04 PM

If there is one person in the world most suited to govern the turbulent land of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani would be, by knowledge, temperament and sense of democratic justice, that person. Lo and behold, he was just elected president of Afghanistan!

Ashraf Ghani is a former professor of anthropology at...

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Bowling Strikes Against the Carbon Kingpins

(5) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 6:39 PM

Scientists agree. Businesses agree. Economists agree. Even the Pentagon agrees -- climate change must be a national priority. In 2010, The National Security Strategy, a memo released by the White House, warned:

The danger from climate change is real, urgent and severe. The change wrought by a warming planet...
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Food Science: What's the Harm?

(19) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Corporate CEOs are always strategizing in their quest for greater revenues and profits. Often these strategies -- and their resulting, insidious successes -- have shaped our elections, our government, our education system, our media, our publicly funded research and development, our tax and credit systems, our trade agreements and so...

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Left and Right Agree -- Let Ex-Im Expire

(27) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 1:25 PM

I have recently traveled from New York to California talking to audiences from the left, right and middle about my new book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. The topic has been how activists from both the right and left side of the political spectrum can...

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Democrats Are Doomed (Unless They Make the Minimum Wage the #1 November Election Issue)

(27) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 8:09 PM

If you were the Democrats and you were looking for a good vote-getting midterm election issue, what criteria would you use? How about an issue with 70-80 percent support in polls? How about one that is bipartisan -- supported by Republicans like Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and Bill...

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Corporations Spy on Nonprofits With Impunity

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 9:16 PM

Here's a dirty little secret you won't see in the daily papers: Corporations conduct espionage against U.S. nonprofit organizations without fear of being brought to justice.

Yes, that means using a great array of spycraft and snoopery, including planned electronic surveillance, wiretapping, information warfare, infiltration, dumpster diving and...

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What the Democratic Party Does Well: Doing Itself In

(455) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 1:11 PM

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the minority leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, just had her political consultants send out a mass mailing to women asking for money and responses to an enclosed survey of their opinions.

The mass mailing duly recites the truly horrible House Republican votes...

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Find Out What You're Buying

(11) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 7:54 PM

The issue of government procurement is one that may not rouse the public into mass outrage such as much other pressing political and social problems -- but continue reading and perhaps it will rouse you intellectually.

It is no secret that the U.S. government is a very big spender....

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Unpatriotic U.S. Corporations Becoming Hot Political Issue That Unites Right and Left

(138) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 7:55 PM

CEO Greg Wasson of the giant Walgreen drugstore chain may be thinking of other things than patriotism this 4th of July. He confirmed last month that, to save on taxes, he and his Board of Directors may be renouncing the company's U.S. citizenship and moving its incorporation to...

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