Ralph Nader

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:00am
Mainstream Media: Who Gets On and Who Does Not
Over the years, discussions about whom the mainstream media gives voice to and whom it excludes are far too general. Editors bristle at the notion that they are anything but fair and objective. Sure, they concede that reporters miss stories, but appearances of bias or censorship, they say, are more...
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Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 9:45am
Obama’s State of the Union—Swings and Misses
The President’s State of the Union Addresses are rarely focused. They are written by numerous speechwriters and put through many drafts, each reflecting the urgings by interested parties to have their issues mentioned. Often, this makes the speech sound like a grab bag of lists. But once up on the...
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Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 10:30am
Credit Suisse: Big Crimes Become Big Business
In May of 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...
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 10:45am
How Birth Year Legacies Can Better Our Country
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 that improve our country’s “...
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Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 9:45am
Political Rumbas Start in Cuba
Relations between Cuba and the United States have been tumultuous since Castro took control in January 1959 from the dictator Fulgencio Batista. Fidel Castro and Fidelistas won a revolution and were determined to keep it at all costs. While the United States government was determined to do whatever...
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Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 11:00am
Recommended Holiday Reading for the Agitated Mind
1. The Invisible Soldiers by Ann Hagedorn (Simon & Schuster, 2014). Ann Hagedorn, a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal tells the troubling story of the corporatization of America’s national security—a “bold, new industry of private military and security companies,” embedded deeply in...
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Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:15am
Senate Report Condemns Government Torture Abroad
The 528 page Senate Intelligence Committee report on C.I.A. torture may come as a shock to many, but would not have surprised the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY). In 1991 and again in 1995, fed up with his dealings with this agency, he introduced a bill for its abolition. Too much...
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Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 10:30am
Ten Reasons Why I Don’t Have a Credit Card
At a recent American Antitrust Institute (AAI) symposium in Washington, D.C., I asked the presenters about the ability of cash and checks to compete with the credit card industry and its strict controls on merchants. This obvious point becomes less obvious when one takes into account the expanding...
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Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 10:00am
Thanksgiving for Social Scientists—Wish It Were
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...
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Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 10:30am
Big Pharma—Crony Capitalism Out of Control
Two recent news items about the voracious drug industry should call for a supine Congress to arouse itself and initiate investigations about the pay-or-die drug prices that are far too common. The first item— a page one story in the New York Times —was about the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation,...
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