Ralph Nader

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Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 8:45am
Readers Think. Thinkers Read.
Here are my recommended books to read for the late summer holidays. The Green Cowboy: An Energetic Life , by S. David Freeman, Authorhouse . A powerhouse in energy policy and clean energy reform for over thirty years, Freeman ran the Tennessee Valley Authority and other large public utilities over...
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Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 8:00am
Hillary’s Hubris: Only Tell the Rich for $5000 a Minute!
There is a growing asymmetry between the media’s mounting demands for Donald Trump to release his tax returns (Hillary has done so) and their diminishing demands that Hillary Clinton release the secret transcripts of her $5000 per minute speeches before closed-door banking conferences and other...
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 "Shaping up or shipping out your members of Congress can be our great national civic hobby," Nader writes. (Photo: Daniel Mennerich/flickr/cc) Views
Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 9:15am
Congress: AWOL and Out of Control
Taken as whole, with exceptions, the American people have the strangest attitude toward the Congress. Our national legislature spends nearly a quarter of our income and affects us one way or another every day of the year. Yet too many people withdraw in disgust instead of making Congress...
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Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 10:15am
Wake Up: These Unneeded Instruments Can Wreak Mass Destruction
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently advanced a clean energy plan which mandates that New York transition half of its energy needs to renewables by 2030. By regressive contrast, New York’s Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved enormous subsidies for three aging nuclear power plants―...
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Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 11:00am
Hillary's Convention Con
The 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia was a multi-layered, raucous display of political theater. A host of delegates loyal to Senator Bernie Sanders were inside in large numbers exclaiming “No more war” during former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's speech and raising all kinds of...
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Monday, July 11, 2016 - 11:30am
Vanishing the People’s Wealth to Make the Bosses Richer
Imagine you are a shareholder in a big company and the top executives are sitting on huge amounts of cash and are not interested in putting it to work through productive capital investments, research and development, reducing company debt or paying employees a higher wage. What would you want done...
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Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 7:45am
How Unpatriotic Is Donald Trump?
Samuel Johnson famously considered patriotism “the last refuge of a scoundrel.” His biographer James Boswell, who passed along that judgment, clarified that Johnson “did not mean a real and generous love for our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have...
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Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 10:00am
The IRS and the Self-Minimization of Congressman Jason Chaffetz
Politicians who limit the effectiveness of government agencies for short-term political advantages cheat taxpayers and short-change the government. I first met Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), a brash young Republican, at a gathering of EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center), which...
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Monday, June 20, 2016 - 1:45pm
The Issues the Candidates Aren’t Talking About
With all the ink, time, and opining devoted to the 2016 presidential primaries and the run-up to the party conventions in July, one might wonder why so few proposals for major reforms and redirections for our country are on the political table. Thanks to Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, some issues...
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Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 11:15am
Commercializing Elections to Destroy Our Democracy
Our political economy – a wonderfully embracing phrase much used a century ago – has three main components: The electoral/governmental powers, the marketplace, and the civil society, which is composed of we the citizens. It is well known that when “we the people” get lax about our consumer rights...
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