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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).

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Left and Right Agree -- Let Ex-Im Expire

(27) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 12:25 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 | 7:09 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 | 8:16 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 | 12:11 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 | 6:54 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 | 6:55 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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Rep. Issa: Shielding $300 Billion in Tax Evasion

(265) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 3:04 PM

The IRS has been under loud scrutiny as of late by House Republicans regarding the agency's role in targeting conservative-leaning political nonprofit groups applying for tax exempt status. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) has led the charge in these fiery hearings, earlier this week accusing IRS Commissioner John Koskinen of "game...

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The Food Safety Movement Grows Tall

(134) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 3:14 PM

Let us celebrate today the latest initiatives of our nation's growing food safety movement.

Across the country, consumers are demanding the right to know what is in their food, and labeling of genetically engineered food.

It's a vibrant and diverse coalition: mothers and grandmothers, health libertarians, progressives, foodies, environmentalists, main...

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Can Progressives Learn From Eric Cantor's Defeat?

(31) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 5:51 PM

The stunning upset defeat of House Majority Leader, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) by Professor David Brat, an economist from Randolph-Macon College, in Tuesday's Republican primary has several takeaways for progressives besides envy and shame over why they do not directly take on the corporate Democrats.

First, among all the reasons...

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Minimum Wage Support Grows

(40) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 4:55 PM

During a recent talk at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, McDonald's CEO Don Thompson indicated his support for legislation in Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. "I will tell you we will support legislation that moves forward," he said. Later in the talk, Mr. Thompson continued, "McDonald's will be...

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Time for a Real Tea Party -- in 2016!

(37) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 5:40 PM

The Republican Party establishment -- read the corporatist U.S. Chamber of Commerce and their incumbent toadies controlling the Party in Congress -- is in the process of vanquishing the Tea Party. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader, predicted as much when he told the New York Times in March...

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Left-Right Alliances Can Make Major Changes for the People

(64) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 7:14 PM

This week, my new book is coming out with a daring goal. It is to break through the corporate imposed gridlock that prevents those on the left and right from realizing they actually agree on and can activate new directions for our country. The book's title -- Unstoppable: The Emerging...

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Casting Sunlight on Secret Government and Its Contractors

(10) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 1:28 PM

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once wrote: "Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants."

Indeed, openness and transparency are essential for a healthy and functioning democracy. Unfortunately, despite lofty initial campaign promises by the Obama administration, widespread government secrecy has only worsened in recent years and access to...

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Obama to Putin: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

(18) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Dear President Obama:

As you ponder your potential moves regarding President Vladimir V. Putin's annexation of Crimea (a large majority of its 2 million people are ethnic Russians), it is important to remember that whatever moral leverage you may have had in the court of world opinion has been sacrificed...

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What a Destructive Wall Street Owes Young Americans

(68) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 7:55 PM

Wall Street's big banks and their financial networks that collapsed the U.S. economy in 2008-2009 were saved with huge bailouts by the taxpayers, but these Wall Street gamblers are still paid huge money, and are again creeping toward reckless misbehavior. Their corporate crime wave strip-mined the economy for young workers,...

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Boehner Unmasked: Profits Over People

(158) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 11:45 AM

"Nobody working full time should have to live in poverty." This firm statement of equality comes -- surprisingly -- from a July 2006 letter from 26 House Republicans to then Majority Leader John Boehner. The letter goes on to say: "We believe it is time for Congress to take responsible...

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Wanted: Modestly Enlightened Very Rich People (MERPs) for 2016

(35) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 11:31 AM

During election season, how often do you hear the phrase "vote for the least worst choice"? This philosophy has become the unfortunate mindset of too many American voters on their way to the polls. Just hold your nose and cast your vote and don't disturb the status quo.

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Seeing Through the CBO's Minimum Wage Fog

(109) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Harry Truman once asked for a one-armed economist in the hopes of never again having to hear "on the one hand, this" and "on the other hand, that." Given the recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the effects of the minimum wage -- one chock full of "on the...

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The Law Must Be Free and Accessible to All -- Not Secret and Profitable

(39) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 3:31 PM

Imagine this metaphorical scenario. You are cruising along a highway and you are pulled over by a police officer. You're not sure why you were stopped. The patrol officer approaches and gives the signal to roll down the window. You oblige. "How fast were you going?" the officer might ask...

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Pete Seeger -- Character, Personality, Intuition and Focus

(22) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 5:05 PM

After 94 years, on January 27, 2014, the world lost Pete Seeger. The world is the lesser for that loss. The accolades for this giant of folk songs and herald of all causes just, are pouring in from around the world. He is celebrated for regularly showing up at mass...

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