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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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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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America's Invisible and Costly Human Rights Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:28 PM

When the news broke years ago that U.S. forces were using torture on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, many politicians and the public expressed appropriate horror. There was shock and disappointment that our country would resort to such inhumane, abusive actions against our fellow human beings, most of whom...

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Medical Price Gouging and Waste Are Skyrocketing

(141) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 12:05 PM

An epidemic of sky-rocketing medical costs has afflicted our country and grown to obscene proportions. Medical bills are bloated with waste, redundancy, profiteering, fraud and outrageous over-billing. Much is wrong with the process of pricing and providing health care.

The latest in this medical cost saga comes from

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A Letter to George W. Bush

(306) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 11:11 AM

At this time of the year, it is not unusual to receive various mailings from nonprofit organizations looking for crucial end-of-the-year donations. You can imagine my surprise when I received a request from a certain notorious former President of the United States asking for my financial support in his public...

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10 Books to Provoke Conversation in the New Year

(11) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 12:03 PM

1. Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier (New Society Publishers)

David Bollier is a leading writer and advocate for all those real-life commons -- what we own, from the public lands, public airwaves, online information and local civic assets. He...

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White House Arrests Santa Claus for Standing Up for a Higher Minimum Wage

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 2:00 PM

On Wednesday, December 18, Santa Claus himself walked through Lafayette Park and arrived at the fence of the White House where he unfurled his Christmas wish list for the president. The list had but one item: "Issue an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers."

Despite...

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Let Them Hear the Rumble! Invest in People, Not War

(24) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 4:05 PM

Earlier this month, a delegation of activists took to Capitol Hill to demand a decrease in the massive, out-of-control military budget. As millions of Americans struggle with inadequate health care, low wages, deteriorating public services and uncertainty about their futures as the wage gap between the wealthy elite and the...

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The Seaweed Rebellion to Save California's Golden Shore

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 11:02 AM

In the age of the internet, smartphones and 24/7 media encapsulating so many Americans' time, talents and interests, it is quite refreshing (and rare!) to come across those who are deeply interested and invested in their own states, towns and communities. There is much to be learned about the places...

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Toward a Powerful Living Legacy for Nelson Mandela Now

(34) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 5:33 PM

Nelson Mandela's exceptional and exemplary life will produce worldwide celebrations of his extremely unique blend of character, personality and resolve for broad-gauged justice for generations to come. To truly memorialize his contributions, however, requires grand actions.

As leaders of governments and human rights groups from all over the world prepare...

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Can Right and Left Rally Against Walmart?

(95) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 11:57 AM

One of the most profitable corporations in America is having a holiday food drive. Sounds good -- it's the least Corporate America can do for those struggling to make ends meet while big companies rake in record profits and give so little back. But wait... there's a catch. The food...

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California Voters Acted to Save $100 Billion

(70) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 10:48 AM

A report just out from the Consumer Federation of America found that, over the past 25 years, auto insurance expenditures in the United States have increased by a sharp 43 percent -- despite all the advancements in auto safety and new players entering the auto insurance market.
Only one...

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Target -- The Emperor Has No Clothes!

(101) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 11:09 AM

What's the difference between Target and Walmart? Many liberal-minded people bristle at the name Walmart and think of its well-documented history of low wages, poor employee treatment and its devastating effect on many small businesses and communities across America. Target, on the other hand, has managed to avoid much of...

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The National Civic Action Spawned by the Deadly Love Canal

(17) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 12:51 PM

At Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York in 1978, it did not matter if you were liberal or conservative, there was no left or right or otherwise. Such political allegiances become trivial to a community under relentless attack from a silent, invisible violence. The violence came from 21,000 tons...

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