Ralph Nader

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 6:30am
Corporate Destruction of Free Markets Rules Us
The ruling dogma of our political economy is corporatism. Corporatism claims to draw legitimacy from the free market theory that all vendors who do not meet market demands will go under. Corporatism uses this illusion to exert power over all aspects of our political economy. Free markets,...
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Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 9:30am
Piercing the Technology Bubble
This weekend, October 25 and 26 , I will be joining leading critics, from the United States and abroad, of corporate-controlled technologies, who are also proponents of appropriate technologies for the people (Vandana Shiva, Anuradha Mittal, Helen Caldicott, Wes Jackson, Bill McKibben), convening...
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Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 8:15am
We Honor What We Value
The 25th anniversary of the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, presented annually by my sister, Dr. Claire Nader, is an occasion for thinking about our culture’s choices for heroic achievements. In most societies, the heroic designation is given to people who rescue others in serious peril...
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Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 10:30am
The Incarceration of the American Consumer
How do corporate attorneys sleep at night considering that with the power of their large corporate clients, they often crush the freedoms of workers, consumers and small communities who are trying to break out of a complex web of shackles? These highly paid power lawyers expertly weave an intricate...
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Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 9:30am
Letter to John Boehner on Congressional Work
Dear Speaker Boehner, While millions of hardworking Americans are working more and more for less and less, you and your House of Representatives seem to have no problem working less and less for more and more. If a mother of one in Butler County, Ohio—your home county—working at the Ohio minimum...
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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 7:00am
Afghan Voters Choose a Better Future
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...
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Friday, September 19, 2014 - 8:45am
Damaging Our Country from Wars of Choice
The drums of war are beating once again with the vanguard of U.S. bombers already over Iraq (and soon Syria) to, in President Obama’s words, “degrade and destroy ISIS.” The Republican Party, led by war-at-any-cost Senators Lindsay Graham and John McCain, wants a bigger military buildup which can...
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Friday, September 12, 2014 - 2:15pm
The Havoc of the Unrestrained Drug Industry
It is remarkable what very profitable drug companies—as they merge into fewer giant multinationals—continue to get away with by way of crony capitalism. Despite frequent exposure of misdeeds, the army of drug company lobbyists in Washington continues to gain political influence and rake in...
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Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 9:30am
Nuclear Power’s Insanities—Taxpayer-Guaranteed
The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) – the corporate lobbyist in Washington, D.C. for the disintegrating atomic power industry – doesn’t have to worry about repercussions from the negative impacts of nuclear power. For nuclear power is a government/taxpayer-guaranteed boondoggle whose staggering...
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Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 7:45am
The Crime of Overbilling Healthcare
Over twenty years ago, Pat Palmer, in her own words, “stumbled upon a $400 overcharge in a bill my father received for a routine medical procedure.” That might have become the costliest “overcharge” the gouging, overbilling health care industry ever inflicted on itself. Because it led Ms. Palmer,...
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